Valley Irrigation has added the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to its control technology product line. TPMS is not only the first product in the mechanized irrigation market to monitor tire pressure on center pivot irrigation equipment, but is also a proud recipient of a 2012 World Ag Expo Top-10 New Products award.
The Valley TPMS was developed in response to a need identified by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI). With more than 10,000 tires and wheel gearboxes in their operation, NAPI needed a way to monitor for low tire pressure without having to constantly replace parts.
Detecting a low tire before it fails decreases downtime of the pivot during the peak irrigation season. Identifying low pressure warnings in the tires helps reduce service costs.
Tire pressure information for center pivots may need to be transmitted over 1,500 feet to the center pivot control panel. It may need to be transmitted several miles to either a central monitoring system or to a grower's mobile phone. The exclusive relationship between Valley Irrigation and Advantage PressurePro made this product possible, resulting in the Valley patent-pending TPMS design.