TRT’s new traction air system launches with new look
Traction Air® – Tidd Ross Todd Limited’s (TRT) central tyre inflation system has undergone a complete evolution in technology and its look.
Officially launched on 1 October 2019, TRT offers its new multi-channel system to Australian and New Zealand customers.
This new advanced Traction Air CTI system, called E Series, is based on an extensive 2½ year research and development project by TRT, based in Scandinavia.
TRT has always ensured that as technology in vehicles and operations has advanced so too has the capability of Traction Air.
Traction Air was developed more than 22 years ago by TRT, with the first installations on road trains in the Australian Outback.
Traction Air is now installed on more than 4,000 vehicles throughout NZ, Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
However, TRT has not focussed on CTI solutions for other regions until now.
Gavin Halley, National Sales Manager details: “About 4 years ago we looked at CTI in Europe, and in particular Scandinavia. With some of the most extreme operating environments, we wanted to understand how, and if, Traction Air could be adapted for any condition.”
“With a bit of TRT blue-sky thinking, an investment in research, development and product testing in NZ and Sweden over the past 2 ½ years, we have created a brand new CTI system with greater capabilities, that integrates with the vehicle using common BUS protocols,” Halley said.
“This new CTI system is designed for European conditions, which has a direct spinoff for our loyal local customers.”
The new system offers multi-channel options from single axle to drive, steer and trailer axle solutions.
To add this variability, TRT has had to develop a completely new CTI system from the ECU and software to the wheel ends and pressure cells.
“For example, the pressure cell is now made of stainless steel to withstand salt roads of European winters, and thermal switches for operation in -40°,” confirms Halley.
To celebrate the new Traction Air E Series and all of the new advances in technology, TRT has also designed a new look for Traction Air.
“Something we have always done,” Halley comments.
The new Traction Air, E Series is still autonomous, but allowances have been made in the design for it to be interfaced with the vehicle and other 3rd party applications in the future.
Halley says that this new system does not replace the current system the G Series. Instead, this is a new option for their customers to consider.
“While some fleets may choose to migrate to the new E Series, we will be fully supporting both systems for the foreseeable future,” he commented.
TRT distribute Traction Air® CTI – E Series through axle manufacturer Bevola, in Scandinavia and works directly within the UK markets.
There are a number of commercial installations in progress. This new system will be made available to Australian and New Zealand customers in the coming months.
*Above image: Traction Air CTI E Series installation wheel ends and plumbing, courtesy TRT.