Continental is the recipient of the 2019 Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) Top 20 award for its ContioPressureCheck Solo trailer TPMS product.
Keeping the trailer system fully separate from the tractor, this stand-alone system for trailers alerts the driver of tire pressure issues in real-time through a notification light.
Besides helping to keep trailer tire costs in check, the system also complies with pending greenhouse gas regulations from the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and California Air Resources Board. The CARB trailer regulations will officially be put in place in 2020.
“Continental is proud to be recognized by HDT magazine for our innovative and cost-effective solution for trailer tire monitoring,” says Paul Williams, Executive Vice President, Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires; Americas. “ContiPressureCheck Solo keeps fleets and trailer manufacturers ahead of pending GHG 2 legislation and demonstrates our commitment as a technology partner to the commercial vehicle industry. It is a logical addition to our extensive digital tire monitoring portfolio.”
On an annual basis, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine editors select the most innovative, significant, and useful new product announcements from the preceding year. The magazine chooses only 20 products for this exclusive award. In a release by the company, Continental states that its ContiPressureCheck Solo tire pressure monitoring system was picked out of all the latest new products for trucking due to its level of innovation, ability to address significant industry issues, and potential benefit to the bottom line.
“ContiPressureCheck Solo is significant because of its simplicity,” explains Michelle Reinhart, Continental’s Head of Digital Solutions, Commercial Vehicles, Americas. “If the greenhouse gas legislation stays as currently written, fleets will be able to meet the requirements with just two simple items from Continental: the ContiPressureCheck Solo trailer TPMS and our ultra-low rolling resistance tires, such as the Conti EcoPlus line. Our system doesn’t introduce leak points into the trailer’s air hoses, it doesn’t require extensive upkeep or maintenance, and it doesn’t require a connection to any specific tractor. Fleets can just drop and hook, and the system will be active.”
The ContipressureCheck system for trailers uses three components to notify drivers of low tire pressure issues in real-time. Continental’s tire sensors, present in all of its digital tire monitoring systems, are mounted inside each trailer. This helps provide optimum data accuracy and prevents theft and damage. A receiver unit mounted underneath the trailer receives and processes data. Visible in the driver’s side mirror, it is connected to a notification light, mounted in an industry-standard position. If the system detects tire pressure issues, the light activates in a particular sequence. Additionally, data can be transmitted to the telematics dashboard for remote viewing in a trailer equipped with telematics.
Continental has engineered its trailer TPMS to make GHG 2 compliance as simple and affordable as possible for fleets. The system can be integrated with Continental’s other tire monitoring products, including the ContiPressureCheck system with in-cab display and the ContiConnect yard reader station to deliver tire data to a web portal.
Continental seeks to optimize tire lifecycle management with its tire technology and digital fleet solutions to provide the “lowest overall driving cost” possible.