A call for TMSystems to become "Mandatory" for On / Off Road Vehicles- technology proven to save Money, Time- and Lives

Published Thursday 9 Jun, 2016 by Peter Woodford

Tyre Monitoring Systems (TMSystems) are expected to become a "mandatory" Industry control safety measure for On and Off Road Vehicles as Authorities and Industry Standards / Guidelines demand / call for such technology be utilised to mitigate Vehicle accidents subjected to Tyre Blow outs, Roll- overs, Wheel Offs, Tyre / Wheel Well Fires, etc.

Tyre related accidents and fatalities involving vehicles utilised in such industries as Mining, On / Off Road Transport, Quarrying, Forklift / Materials Handling, Mobile Cranes, Light Vehicles, Distribution Trucks, Port Operations,  etc has highlighted the importance of (virtual continuous) monitoring of Tyre Pressures and Temperatures with Tyre Monitoring Systems (TMSystems), to aid in mitigating potential Tyre related vehicular accidents / incidents.

Highlighted at the 2016 ARTSA Conference and reported in the ATN Magazine (3rd May 2016) a former senior Toll Transport / Linehaul Manager reportedly stated "wheel-offs and wheel failures are the company’s biggest cost in terms of insurance claims and there is a wheel off or trailer fire in the group every two weeks, so it is a significant issue".

Coroner Report of a tyre explosion fatality (October 2014) acknowledged that Industry can also gain significant cost- downs / ROI with the use of TMSystems and recommended that industry investigate, and implement within two years (in 2014), remote, or wireless, tyre pressure sensing equipment to allow operators to monitor tyre pressures from within the cabin of the truck- this deadline is October 2016.

The Hazardous Goods Transport Industry also acknowledges the benefits of LSM TyreGuard® TMSystems.

Department or Mining and Petroleum Safety Resources has updated their Guidelines on Tyre Safety for Earth-moving Machinery) to include TMSystems to be installed- not just for Mining Equipment- but also other rubber mounted vehicles (see page IV).

Some latest (and old) facts that you may not be aware of in regard to Tyre Management and TMSystem Technology:

  • Did you know that TMSystems for Domestic Cars and Trucks (USA) are mandatory in the USA, EU, Korea, China and Japan
  • Tyre Pressures are being checked and recorded after Vehicular incidents- Operators are being asked to provide detailed Tyre Check / Maintenance Logs.
  • The new Compliance Standards / Guidelines require frequent checking and logging of Tyre Pressures.
  • Calculate the time required to complete tyre pressure checks only once / day on a fleet with 100 tyres at 3 minutes / tyre= 5 hours to complete!
  • The practise of "Tyre Tapping" to check tyre pressures is no longer accepted in new Safety Standards and Guidelines.
  • Reduces Insurance costs and vehicle damage.
  • Correct tyre set- point pressures assist in maintaining optimum Traction, Braking and Vehicle control.
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Contact Pattern with Correct Inflation Pressures
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Contact Pattern (loss 25%) with only 10% loss of pressure
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Contact Pattern (loss 50%) with only 20% loss of pressure
  • Correct tyre set- point pressures assist in maintaining optimum TractionBraking and Vehicle control.
  • Extends Tyre Service Life and reduces Fuel Consumption.
  • Web based telemetry of Tyre Pressure and Temperature also provides for Compliance Reporting and Alerting.
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