TAMPA. Fla. — For the second consecutive year, Doran Manufacturing is introducing technological advancements for the Doran 360 tire pressure monitoring systems at the American Trucking Associations Technology and Maintenance Council Technology Exhibit under way here.
A new valve-stem mounted sensor is being introduced that will provide the additional capability for fleets to receive digital tire pressure and temperature data using Doran’s handheld SmartLink tool, according to General Manager Jim Samocki.
With this new feature, the SmartLink tool can be used to transmit a low-frequency signal that will activate the sensor and transmit the current data back to the SmartLink tool for viewing, he said, noting that the enhancement provides a simple, fast and accurate method to obtain tire pressure readings while the tractors and trailers are in the yard.
“This enhancement is another example of listening and reacting to our customers’ requests,” Samocki said. “We were asked to provide a solution for obtaining tire pressure data when tractors and trailers were in the yard without having to use a monitor mounted in the cab. Using our new sensor in combination with our SmartLink tool provides a fast and accurate way to get that valuable data for fleets and allows them to proactively address low tire pressures.”
Samocki said Doran and DriverTech had teamed up to provide the first full integration of tire pressure monitoring with an on-board Windows embedded computer and mobile communications system for truck and trailer fleets.
The seamless combination of the Doran 360 system and DriverTech’s TruckPC provides tire pressure data and low pressure warnings both in the cab of the truck and at the fleet’s headquarters in real-time, he said.
“We have been very pleased with the progress of the integration between Doran and DriverTech. The feedback from the fleets that we have spoken with has been very positive and we’ve already received favorable feedback on the trials underway,” Samocki said. “Having the capability to get real-time low tire pressure warnings in the cab and at a fleet’s headquarters can be extremely valuable. Ultimately, the reporting and analysis tools will help a fleet minimize their tire related labor and repair expenses and extend the life of their tires.”
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