Properly inflated tires can reduce total tire-related costs by $600 to $800 annually per vehicle.
In addition, digital TPMS solutions from Continental deliver operational benefits to your fleet, such as reducing downtime and saving money. On average, 33% of commercial fleet tires are underinflated. Intelligent tires with digital tire monitoring will help you:
A tire-mounted sensor is attached to the inner liner of the tire. This position delivers significant benefits:
Continental tires can be ordered as intelligent tires directly from the factory, pre-equipped with tire-mounted sensors. The sensors can also be retrofitted into existing dismounted tires. All of Continental’s digital tire monitoring solutions rely on tire-mounted sensors, due to the inherent benefits of this mounting position.
Valve-mounted sensors are often inexpensive and easy to install, but fleets may find the sensors can be damaged by curbing, and in some cases even see them causing tire failure if the valve stem is torn during the event.
It is important to note that tire temperature, one of the key measures to avoid permanent tire damage, is not measured by valve-mounted systems, but rather calculated via an algorithm, which in some cases can lead to inaccurate results.
Wheel-mounted, also called rim-mounted, sensors are attached to the wheel using a metal clamp. While protected from damage caused by curbing, this type of sensor may be damaged during the tire mounting or dismounting process.
In addition, the metal band attaching the sensor to the rim receives heat as the wheel turns, causing expansion and contraction of the clamp. After a period of time, the clamp may loosen and allow the sensor to spin around the rim, causing damage.
In terms of measuring temperature, the sensor can be influenced by heat from the vehicle’s braking system, in which case it would not deliver accurate tire temperature data.
The sensors mounted inside the tire can also be purchased separately and retrofitted. However, ordering Continental's intelligent tire with the premounted tire sensor not only saves on resources for installation, but Continental also guarantees the optimum positioning and mounting of the sensor.
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