How To Make Your Heavy Duty Truck More Eco-Friendly Through Tire Air Pressure

Posted on: 15 May 2015

Truck tires might not be the first thing you think of when you think about ways to make industrial business processes more eco-friendly, but considering how fuel inefficient large hauling trucks are, and how often they have to have their tires reinflated, every bit matters. Here are a few technologies that can help make large truck tires more energy efficient and eco-friendly.

Sustainable Air Compressors

New air compressors that have become available within the last few years have been able to reduce energy drain by as much as 25 percent. The tech that allows for this includes a cool canopy that helps to make compressing air easier.

This tech is combined with new innovations in extremely efficient motors and screw elements, which have a high amount of efficiency as well. All of this decreases the temperatures by as much as 18 degrees, depending on the model.

Machines using some of these innovations have been able to reduce the overall energy consumption of the compressor by up to 50 percent. This could have a big effect on the energy required to constantly refill the dozen or so tires needed for every hauling truck that goes in for maintenance in a hauling operation. Look to local companies, like Compressed Air Systems, to see what is available in your area.

Smart Tire Systems

Energy efficiency is a big deal when it comes to truck tires. This is because small changes in the PSI of truck tires have large effects on the truck's fuel efficiency. For example, every 3 PSI that a single tire on a truck is under the recommended air pressure reduces the efficiency of that truck by a full 1 percent.

When you add that for every single tire on a hauling truck, the waste in energy could quickly become enormous. This means that it's critical to make sure that tires are fully filled at all times or the inefficiency in truck hauls will go down rapidly. One effective way to do this is through smart monitoring systems.

Most systems do this by using something called microelectromechanical systems that exist inside of each individual tire. New systems designed specifically for heavy duty trucks allow for low-frequency and encrypted signaling so that fleet managers know exactly how pressured all tires within an individual truck are at all times.

This system also often contains an accelerometer that can automatically shut off when the truck is standing still in order to save power since pressure doesn't matter as much in this situation.