Advances in trucking technology continue to make the roads safer and the jobs easier. Werner Enterprises is adding the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) to all of its nearly 24,000 trailers. So far, just under 4,000 of Werner’s Wabash National vans have been equipped with this trucking technology from Pressure Systems International.
The MTIS, which is built in San Antonio, Texas, uses compressed air from the braking system to keep the tires properly inflated, thus saving drivers time when they hook up new trailers. Rather than have to check and possibly inflate tires, drivers know that the tires on a trailer with the MTIS require little to no attention.
Werner chose Kansas City, Kansas-based Velociti, which specializes in technology deployments, to retrofit the fleet. Velociti is adding the inflation systems in the field to reduce the time that trailers spend in shops (and that drivers spend to get them there). Each retrofit takes four man-hours, as Velociti demonstrated at a recent event at P.S.I. headquarters.
Omaha, Nebraska-based Werner Enterprises rose two notches to become the nation’s 11th-largest public trucking company in 2011, according to industry trade magazine Transport Topics. Its four divisions are Werner Truckload Transportation Services, Werner Value Added Services, Werner Global Logistics, and Fleet Truck Sales.