AKRON — Norfolk Southern Railway Co. will use Goodyear's TPMS Plus (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) technology to monitor its intermodal trailer fleet across North America.
Goodyear said that the TPMS Plus' on-vehicle sensors monitor tire conditions in real time, helping fleets identify and address issues immediately such as air leaks, low pressure and abnormal temperature. Once a potential issue is detected, Goodyear Fleet HQ can help to reroute the driver to a Goodyear service network location or dispatch roadside assistance to perform maintenance.
Norfolk Southern used the pilot program successfully at its intermodel operations, then at its facility in Fairburn, Ga., earlier this year. The company will add the technology at facilities in Illinois, Indiana and Florida over the next several months, according to Goodyear.
Johnny McIntosh, Goodyear's integrated solutions and tire management director, said the Norfolk Southern deployment represents the largest fleet installation to date for the Akron-based tire maker.
"Our collaboration with Norfolk Southern showcases Goodyear's ability to develop adaptable technology solutions that meet our customers' needs," Mr. McIntosh said. "TPMS Plus allows fleets like Norfolk Southern to more efficiently protect and maintain their tires, preventing costly tire-related roadside breakdowns and time off the road."