Aperia Technologies, maker of a versatile, self-powered, bolt-on tire inflation technology, announced that its Halo Tire Inflator is commercially available for use on drive and trailer axles on medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses.
Halo has successfully completed fleet evaluations for more than two years, racking up 8 million miles of on-road testing from winters in Canada to summers in Florida. It is the first complete automatic tire inflation system to serve both tractors and trailers with either dual or wide-base tires.
Research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicates that maintaining proper tire pressure results in a 1% to 2% fuel efficiency increase. Of all truck tires on the road today, 55% are at least 5 psi from their target pressure, which also reduces tire life and increases annual tire costs by 10%-15%. Underinflation is also responsible for one blowout per tractor-trailer per year.
“Numerous studies, including research by the FMCSA, show that by eliminating tire underinflation, the average fleet can save more than $2,200 annually for each tractor-trailer,” said Josh Carter, chief executive officer and co-founder of Aperia.
Halo is an easy-to-install system that operates on a similar principle to a self-winding watch. The device uses a wheel’s rotational motion to pump and maintain optimal tire pressure. The system does not require any connection to a compressor and can be installed in five to 10 minutes per wheel end.
An American-made product, Halo is expected to operate effectively for 500,000 miles or 10 years.
For more information, access www.aperiatech.com.