Valmont® Irrigation, the manufacturer of the Valley® brand of irrigation equipment, announces the addition of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to its international control technology product line. TPMS was not only the first product in the precision irrigation market to monitor tire pressure on center pivot irrigation equipment, but was also a recipient of a 2012 World Ag Expo Top-10 New Products award.
“With the Valley Tire Pressure Monitoring System, the exact location of a flat tire can be identified at the Valley Pro2 control panel, or remotely with the Valley BaseStation,” said John Rasmus, controls product manager for Valmont Irrigation.
The Valley TPMS was developed in response to a need identified by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI) in New Mexico. With more than 10,000 tires and wheel gearboxes in its operation, NAPI needed a way to monitor for low tire pressure.
“Detecting a low tire before it fails decreases downtime of the pivot during the peak irrigation season, when irrigating is critical to maximizing yields,” said Anthony Valdez, NAPI irrigation manager. “The ability to identify low-pressure warnings in the tires has really helped to reduce service costs. With the tire pressure monitoring system, we can now preempt labor and fuel costs, as well as time, by knowing when a tire is low.”
With Valley TPMS, a pressure sensor installed on each center pivot, corner, or linear tire transmits a signal reporting the tire’s pressure. Growers can view real-time pressures and receive alerts on low pressures situations. Problems can be resolved before a tire fails, reducing downtime and preventing costly repairs to tires, rims, and wheel gearboxes.
The exclusive relationship between Valmont Irrigation and Advantage PressureProTM resulted in this new tire pressure monitoring system designed specifically for the irrigation market.
In 1991, PressurePro began development and production of a patented, external tire pressure monitoring system for vehicles. A recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award, PressurePro is a key provider of tire pressure monitoring components in the marketplace.