Meritor Inc (NYSE: MTOR) and Pressure Systems International (PSI) announced that Maverick Transportation has spec’d the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) by PSI to be standard on all new trailers purchased in 2012.
Based in Little Rock AR, Maverick provides OTR and dedicated service to transportation markets throughout North America. It operates more than 1,500 temperature-controlled, flatbed, and glass semitrailers with MTIS by PSI.
The carrier chose MTIS by PSI as standard equipment after realizing the safety benefits and cost advantages associated with better tire wear and fuel economy. MTIS keeps tires properly inflated, which improves tire maintenance management, trailer uptime, and return on investment (ROI).
“When tires are properly inflated at all times, there are less ‘tire gators’ on the road and fewer roadside breakdowns,” said Craig Frohock, general manager, North American Trailer, Meritor.
Dean Newell, certified director of safety and vice-president of safety for Maverick, said that with the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) initiative, MTIS is even more important as an additional specification to its trailers.
Newell has served as chairman of the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Safety Management Council and was the recipient of its Safety Director of the Year Award in 2010.
MTIS by PSI is a simple design that can be installed on virtually any type of trailer. The system adds life to tires, increases fuel efficiency and safety, maximizes recap potential, and keeps trailers on the road. It is an automatic system with constant air pressure available when needed. The patented ThermALERT option alerts drivers to excessive wheel end heat, which helps avoid trailer fires or wheel end damage. As fleets have increasingly seen the benefits of the ThermALERT technology, MTIS with this option now accounts for 43% of PSI’s production.