The pressure monitor fitted to Continental’s truck and bus range of tyres now has an added safety feature. Picture: SUPPLIED
The pressure monitor fitted to Continental’s truck and bus range of tyres now has an added safety feature. Picture: SUPPLIED

Tyre manufacturer Continental has expanded the capabilities of its ContiPressureCheck (CPC) tyre management system with the integration of a MiX Telematics platform that transmits real-time information on tyres to fleet managers.

The advanced system can be integrated to an already fitted ContiPressureCheck, which is a continuous tyre pressure monitoring system that uses sensors fitted inside each tyre to provide drivers with information on tyre status via an on-board display.

Through the MiX system, data and reports are available 24/7 from any internet-enabled computer or mobile device.

This technology is aimed at minimising overall operating costs and risk by ensuring that all of the tyres are operating at their ideal pressures and temperatures, according to Darren Voges, business development manager for the truck business unit at Continental Tyre SA.

“This helps lower fuel consumption, reduces the risk of tyre-related breakdowns or failures, reduces downtime and improves safety while extending tyre life and maintaining the value of the casing for retreading.”

The CPC system comprises individual sensors mounted inside each tyre, linked to an external antenna and a central control unit (CCU). Data gathered from the sensors is transmitted to the CCU, which evaluates the information and provides the status of all tyres on the display mounted in the truck cab. Tyre pressures as well as any crucial warnings, such as pressure loss or high temperatures, are thus instantly available to the driver.

CPC is suited to almost any combination including buses, coaches, single-axle trailers or even six-axle tractor/trailers with a maximum of 24 tyres. Fitment can be performed in the most popular towns and cities within SA, corresponding with Continental’s approved network of fitment providers.

“MiX Fleet Manager provides fleet owners with vehicle and driver data to determine everything from fuel efficiency to driver behaviour and now tyre pressure monitoring with the CPC integration,” says Gert Pretorius, the MD of MiX Telematics Africa.

“This data is an indispensable tool for any business, irrespective of size, industry or geographic location to help reduce operating costs, improve efficiency and, ultimately, enhance the safety of drivers and vehicles.”

Pricing and warranties can be found with MiX Telematics suppliers.