TROY, Mich. (April 12, 2012) – Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) and Pressure Systems International (PSI) announced the results of a study showing a 1.4-percent improvement in fuel economy using the Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI (MTIS) at the Spring 2012 Fleet Technology Event in San Antonio.
The study was conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Analysis, Research and Technology. Using two fleets, Gordon Food Service of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Sheetz, Inc. of Altoona, Pa., the agency tested the effects, costs and benefits, or influence on maintenance intervals as well as their impact on safety and performance of tire inflation systems and tire pressure monitoring systems.
“We are pleased to see the results of the study which clearly reiterate the importance of MTIS for our customers on the road and their bottom line,” said Craig Frohock, general manager, Global Trailer, Meritor. In addition to better fuel economy, the fleets saw an increase in tire life, experienced fewer road calls and correct tire pressures were consistently displayed.
MTIS by PSI, known as a market leader in automatic tire inflation systems since 1993, keeps tires properly inflated. This improves tire maintenance management, increases trailer up-time and return on investment. MTIS by PSI is a simple design that can be installed on any type of trailer, including vans, liquid tanks, loggers, flat beds, chassis, livestock, platforms, drop frames, dumps, lowboys, doubles, dry bulks, reefers, auto transporters, heavy haulers and military.
The MTIS by PSI system adds life to tires, increases fuel efficiency, improves safety, maximizes recap potential, and keeps trailers on the road, ultimately delivering loads on time. It is a truly automatic system with constant air pressure available when needed. The patented rotary union is the only moving part in the entire system, significantly reducing maintenance, and the patented ThermALERT™ option notifies drivers of excessive wheel end heat. MTIS with ThermALERT accounts for over half of PSI’s production.
MTIS by PSI is compatible with the Meritor WABCO PLC Display for tractor-trailer communications as well as other telematic devices. It is a proven component in the Meritor family of trailer systems. Meritor supplies industry-leading axle, suspension, brake, automatic tire inflation and wheel end components to original equipment trailer manufacturers and to the replacement market via distribution outlets located throughout North America. After-sales service support and technical assistance are always available from knowledgeable Meritor representatives. Trailer systems and components are backed by Meritor’s industry-competitive warranty, global services and support.
The fuel savings described above are estimates only. Actual fuel savings may vary and will depend on a variety of factors beyond Meritor’s control including load, vehicle type, driver performance, distances traveled, vehicle speed, road conditions, etc.
About Pressure Systems International
Pressure Systems International is the world leader in automatic tire inflation systems and markets and sells its products in North America through Meritor as the Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI. PSI has also opened markets in 39 countries and is currently exporting to China, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. For more information about Pressure Systems International visit their website www.psi-atis.com
About Meritor, Inc.
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers in more than 70 countries. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of about 10,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at meritor.com.
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