Much like the tire sensor on a car, Valley Irrigation's tire pressure monitoring system alerts you when a tire on your center pivot is losing pressure or has gone flat.
"We've designed this to alert growers if there's a tire problem," says John Rasmus, controls product manager for Valmont Irrigation of Valley, Neb. "It keeps the cost of repair down. Not only can a flat damage the tire and the wheel, but it can potentially damage the drive train."
If not caught early, a damaged tire could cost growers up to $1,500 in repairs, he says.
Valley showcased the new tire sensor at the recent World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.
The sensor is easily screwed on the valve stem of the tire.
Users then set the pressure parameters.
You may want to receive an alert when the tire is less than a pressure threshold so you can schedule a repair.
Another option will shut down the center pivot should the pressure drop below another thresshold to prevent tire and rim damage.
A TPMS box is installed on every third tower of a center-pivot system.
The box picks up the signals from the tire sensors and transmits them to a control panel at the pivot point.
Growers who use the Valley Pro2 control panel can monitor tire status from their computer or smart phone.
They can identify the specific tire location, so the repair person doesn't have to waste time trying to locate the problem.
"This reduces repair costs and reduces down time," Rasmus says. "For the guys making repairs, if you know in advance the tire is going, you have the opportunity to run the pivot up to the road."
For more information, visit Valley Irrigation.