Halo is increasingly preferred by all types and sizes of fleets because it’s the easiest tire inflation system to add to new vehicles or to retrofit on existing equipment
Burlingame, CA (PRWEB) February 29, 2016
Aperia Technologies Inc., makers of the Halo® Tire Inflator, a simple, bolt-on tire inflation device for tractors and trailers, announced at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition that it has deployed Halo on thousands of vehicles operated in over 100 fleets. The performance and impact of the tire inflation system has been validated in over 50 individual fleet customer tests since its introduction two years ago.
“Halo is increasingly preferred by all types and sizes of fleets because it’s the easiest tire inflation system to add to new vehicles or to retrofit on existing equipment,” said Josh Carter, CEO of Aperia. “In the past year we’ve seen many fleets move from pilot tests, to putting Halos on all new trucks and trailers, to full fleet full retrofits. These customers are adding thousands of Halo systems after seeing results of over 50 individual fleet tests that confirm the value of the Halo tire inflation system on tractors and trailers.”
To help fleets confidently adopt Halo, Aperia designed a wireless data acquisition system, which allows customers to easily install and monitor the benefits of the inflation device in real world driving conditions. In one of the tests, the tire pressure trend over a 100-day period demonstrated that while control tires lost as much as 2 PSI per week on average, tires with Halo systems consistently maintained proper operating pressure.
In another fleet test on 10 tractors driven more than 1 million miles in 12 months, Halo was proven to improve fuel economy by 1.1% and extend tire life by 14.4%. In addition to receiving positive driver reviews, the fleet saved $1,676 per tractor or a total of $16,760 during the evaluation period.
“The implications of our customer tests based on tire wear studies are that Halo can improve tire life by 12% on average,” Carter stated. “If Halo were used throughout the Class 7 and 8 trucking industry, it could reduce tire waste by over 11 million tires annually and save 1.7 billion gallons of fuel from being used unnecessarily.”
To help support the surge in market demand for the Halo Tire Inflator, Andrew Smith has joined Aperia as a Senior Advisor. Smith was the founder and former CEO of ATDynamics prior to its acquisition in 2015 by STEMCO/EnPro Industries.
“As Aperia grows and there continues to be a steady increase in demand for Halo tire inflation systems,” Carter said, “Andrew Smith’s experience will be very valuable as we work to support the surge in demand for our solution to tire under-inflation. Smith is dedicated to the rapid commercialization of environmentally beneficial technologies, and as a Senior Advisor at Aperia, he will greatly assist our efforts to bring cost effective automatic tire inflation to fleets industry-wide.”
While assisting Aperia’s mission to dramatically reduce tire wear and fuel consumption in the trucking industry, Smith will continue to serve as a consultant to STEMCO, where he played a major role in bringing the benefits of trailer aerodynamics technology to trucking companies.
“Just as the most competitive fleets in the industry have added aerodynamic devices to trailers, the most competitive fleets will also soon have tire inflation systems on their tractors as well as their trailers,” Smith said. “The adoption of Halo is a simple decision for fleet executives once they realize that its cost saving, safety and environmental benefit potential can be realized immediately.”
Prior to being officially introduced at the TMC Annual meeting in 2014, Halo successfully completed fleet field trials for over two years, racking up eight million miles of on-road testing. Halo is an easy-to-install system that operates on a principle similar to a self-winding watch. The device uses a wheel's rotational motion to pump and maintain optimal tire pressure. The system does not require any connection to a compressor and can be installed in five to ten minutes per wheel end on trucks, tractors and trailers with dual or wide-base single tires.
In the fall of 2015, Aperia launched a nationwide network of truck, tractor and trailer dealerships that are now offering Halo at over 100 locations across the U.S. “The dealerships in our network have strong fleet relationships,” Carter said, “and are ready to offer Halo on new trucks and as a retrofit to meet growing fleet demand.”
In 2015, the Truck Writers of North America named the Halo tire inflation system as the recipient of the prestigious TWNA Technical Achievement Award. Aperia was chosen by members of the professional association after being named a finalist by TWNA’s Technical Achievement Award committee. The panel of editors representing the industry’s major publications ranks nominated products that have shown technical innovation, have a wide applicability and availability in trucking, and offer significant benefits.
Aperia was also named a winner of a 2015 CoolCalifornia Small Business Award by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the mindset of climate consciousness at the company and the positive environmental impact potential of its Halo product.
About Aperia Technologies, Inc.
California-based Aperia Technologies is the leading provider of easy to retrofit automatic tire inflation systems capable of serving both tractors and trailers. Aperia was founded in 2010 to commercialize the Halo Tire Inflation Technology spun out of Stanford University. Its Halo Tire Inflator is a versatile, self-powered, bolt-on inflation technology that uses a wheel’s rotation to maintain optimal tire pressure in dual and wide-based tires on drive and trailer axles used on trucks, tractors, trailers and buses. Aperia is focused on making transportation more efficient, safer and better for the environment through clean technology innovation. For more information visit http://www.aperiatech.com.