Meritor, Inc. (NYSE:MTOR) and Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) celebrated P.S.I.’s 20-year history of producing automatic tire inflation systems for commercial vehicles during their Annual Fleet Technology Event in San Antonio, Texas.
Brock Ackerman, president of K&B Carriers, opened the Wednesday morning session with a presentation outlining his fleet’s recent success using the Meritor Tire Inflation System by P.S.I. He estimated an annual savings for his company of $582,120 with a reduction in operating cost per mile from reduced tire wear based on sixty-nine million miles operated last year at $.0084.
Other presentations and demonstrations featured during the 2013 Twentieth Anniversary Fleet Event included:
·The ThermALERT option, an early warning system to prevent wheel end failures. It is now included on more than half of MTIS production.
·A full retrofitting of a used trailer with MTIS by P.S.I. Began at 8 a.m. by Velociti, a P.S.I. partner, it was completed, with one man, in fewer than four hours showing how quickly retrofitting can be accomplished.
· P.S.I.’s mobile R&D facility, a tractor and trailer completely outfitted with new technologies being developed and tested in real on-highway operations
·A facilities tour including a newly remodeled west wing featuring additional offices and conference area, a new test laboratory and a display showcase area with hands on working models.