Michelin Americas Truck Tyres, a division of Michelin North America, has introduced Michelin Auto Inflate, powered by Halo.
Michelin Auto Inflate is an easy, wheel-mounted tyre-management solution that allows fleets to automatically maintain optimal tyre pressure. Leaky valve stems, extreme temperature changes and human error can all lead to underinflated tyres and that results in costly downtime. Michelin Auto Inflate, powered by Halo in association with Aperia Technologies (Aperia), can save fleets an estimated $2,400 per tractor-trailer annually by reducing tyre-related downtime events, extending tyre life, improving fuel economy and increasing safety.
“Michelin Auto Inflate is simple, reliable and good for business,” said Adam Murphy, Vice President of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tyres. “Due to a number of complicated factors that cause tyre pressures to change day-to-day and hour-to-hour, maintaining optimal tyre pressure is nearly impossible to achieve manually. Michelin Auto Inflate, using Aperia’s Halo device, provides an immediate payback for one of fleets’ biggest assets by eliminating complexity and automatically managing air pressure in the tyres that keep their trucks rolling.”
“Michelin and Aperia chose to collaborate on Michelin Auto Inflate because of our mutual commitment to bring innovative products and service solutions to fleets with the goal of maximising uptime,” said Josh Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Aperia. “Michelin Auto Inflate, powered by Halo, provides fleets the first simple, reliable, full-vehicle solution to the complex problem of optimal tyre pressure management.”
Michelin Auto Inflate utilises automatic tyre inflation technology to maintain the pressure on drive and trailer tyres. Easy to retrofit on existing vehicles or as an add-on to new equipment, the device works with both duals and wide-base single tyres. The compact, self-powered pump can be mounted to the hub in 10 minutes using standard tools, no axle drilling required. With each wheel rotation, the device monitors and adjusts for low air pressure.
Virtually maintenance-free, the device can be factory-set to a specified target tyre pressure. Michelin Auto Inflate is easily transferable to another vehicle.