Original Run Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 11:00 AM EDT | download below >
Tire sensors play a crucial role in reporting real-time data to the driver and the vehicle’s central computer. Tire pressure monitoring systems
in particular report tire inflation levels, which is especially important given the relationship between proper tire inflation and driver safety, fuel economy, tire longevity, and vehicle handling. Because TPMS and other sensors are mounted within or near the tire, these sensors must be able to withstand the hazards and harsh conditions that tires
often face on the road, such as adverse weather conditions, potholes, speed bumps, and more.
In this 45-minute webinar
, Smithers experts Kyle Goodrich
and Matt Kent
will give an overview of different types of tire pressure monitoring systems and their typical operating conditions. Goodrich and Kent will discuss how road conditions and hazards are simulated in a laboratory setting in order to predict function and durability of a tire pressure monitoring system. Finally, the team will explore the future of tire sensors, including possible applications for sensor data and the role tire sensors will play in the development of autonomous vehicle technology.
About the Presenters
Kyle joined Smithers' product testing
group in 2012 as a Test Engineer focusing on pressure, vibration, temperature (PVT) testing as well as a variety of techniques used to evaluate components for performance and durability. His expertise covers product types such as tire pressure monitoring systems
, fluid transfer systems
, and a broad array of automotive components
. He works with engineering development teams to design and execute testing programs designed to speed up development and increase speed to market. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron.
Matt joined Smithers in 2017 as the Technical Director of the Smithers Tire & Wheel Test Center
in Ravenna, Ohio. He is primarily focused on Smithers’ current force and moment
testing operations, staff management, and technical decision-making. He also manages a partnership between Smithers and six global tire manufacturers that introduced a new MTS Flat Trac CT+ system and facility expansion in 2018. Matt has over 17 years of experience in the tire industry, including management experience on the manufacturing side of the business. He has been responsible for numerous testing machines, including MTS Flat Tracs, spring rate, laser measurement, acoustic, uniformity, and high- and low-speed durability. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, is certified in FARO Measurement Systems, and has had training in Lean and pneumatic systems design.