Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has made its SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System available to fleets through its network of Bendix OES and independent aftermarket partners in North America.

SmarTire monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire on a commercial vehicle to provide tire status information in real time. The system warns the driver of tire-related problems, as it reads pressure and temperature information from inside of the tire. The information is then communicated wirelessly to an on-board receiver, which forwards the information to an easy-to-read, multifunction, two-inch display installed on the vehicle dash. The driver is alerted to loss of air pressure or high tire temperature. The system also communicates pressure information to maintenance personnel.

"Tires and fuel are major cost factors for fleets and owner-operators - and the first step to reducing tire-related costs and improving fuel economy is to make sure tires are at their optimum inflation level," said Fred Andersky, Bendix director of marketing for controls. "The temperature-compensated tire pressure deviation reported by the system ensures that maintenance teams and drivers always know the tire pressure. And they can maintain it at any time, whether the tire is hot or cold."

According to Andersky, the system is sold as a complete kit, and can be retrofitted on almost any commercial vehicle.

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