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New TMPS solutions help fleets improve safety, increase efficiency

Feb. 15, 2022
Sensata’s new tire pressure monitoring systems for commercial vehicles reduce roadside events, automate checks, improve tire life

Sensata Technologies says multiple tractor and trailer manufacturers now are turning to its tire pressure monitoring systems to help them meet new and emerging vehicle standards and regulations.

The need for these systems on commercial vehicles is rising along with safety standards in Europe and China, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel efficiency standards in the U.S, and Sensata’s TPMS is specifically designed for the worldwide commercial vehicle market, the manufacturer said.

Its solution is a complete system consisting of wireless sensors, receivers and an electronic control unit (ECU) that communicates with the vehicle over the controller area network (CAN) bus. The system provides tire pressure and temperature monitoring that meets regional legislation requirements and helps reduce roadside tire events, automate tire checks, improve tire life, and increase vehicle fuel economy.

A proprietary auto-location function enables the automated identification of the sensor’s position on the vehicle, which reduces the need for additional tools and time to program sensors during tire changes and maintenance for CV operators, Sensata said.

“By leveraging our history and experience in passenger car TPMS in the development of this commercial vehicle system, we’ve been able to provide customers with an offering that addresses their needs and is compliant to general safety regulations,” said Rob Eijsink, marketing director for Sensata’s heavy vehicle and off-road (HVOR) business.

“Already adopted by leading truck and trailer manufacturers in Europe, Asia, and North America, we are uniquely positioned to expand beyond TPMS technologies to incorporate additional sensor inputs and functionality into a solution that provides more value to our customers.” 

Examples of additional functions include tire fill assist and low-latency tire burst detection, which enables suspension setting adjustments that stabilize the vehicle during tire blow-out emergencies. Sensata can further customize the system to integrate signals from other wireless sensors, and provides options to enable a secure, high-speed wireless truck-to-trailer link.

“Our success with TPMS in commercial vehicle applications is a steppingstone toward providing Sensata’s more comprehensive Insights solutions in the future,” said Brian Wilkie, vice president of HVOR at Sensata. “Sensata’s experience of serving both commercial vehicle OEMs and fleets has resulted in a product portfolio that can be configured to solve the needs of each individual customer.”

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