Customer: Werner Enterprises
Scope of Work: The Meritor Tire Inflation System by P.S.I.™ – an Automatic Tire Inflation System – ATIS™
Number of Units: 24,000 plus
Number of Sites: 10
Timeframe: 9/2010 to present
Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Australia. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated, medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van capacity, expedited, temperature-controlled and flatbed services. For more information, visit http://www.werner.com/.
More than 50 percent of new trailers being built today are being specified with tire inflation systems as part of the package. The attractive ROI makes it a natural decision to also consider a retrofit of existing trailers. However, fleets commonly struggle with developing a plan for capturing trailers for such a project. Installing an automatic tire inflation system is not a quick task, even with the Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI, which is by far the easiest retrofit to accomplish. However, it does take time and labor, therefore concerns about the time vehicles will be down and the heavy workload employee technicians already have, combined with the cost to retrofit when older vehicles may not be in operation as long, are the biggest issues for most decision-makers. Therefore, Werner decided to carefully evaluate the risk vs. reward for retrofitting the 24,000 trailers in its fleet.
Realizing that a quick turn around with minimal downtime for the fleet was key towards making the retrofit yield a high ROI, Werner turned to Velociti, Inc., the industry leader in technology deployment. Velociti was able to provide a dedicated technician, working six days a week at each designated location. The locations were a mix of Werner shops and Werner customer sites, so Velociti technicians were prepared for fully mobile installs anywhere the trailers could be captured. Velociti also provided a dedicated project manager to oversee the project and prepare a schedule that would ensure efficient deployment throughout the fleet. By working closely with Werner, the project manager proactively secured access to two trailers per day for each technician, guaranteeing continuous workflow.
The Meritor Tire Inflation System by P.S.I.™ prolongs tire life, increases fuel efficiency and safety, maximizes recap potential and keeps trailers on the road by dramatically reducing the incidence of in-service tire failures. This translates into lower costs, less maintenance and higher profits.
“Once Werner saw the benefits of the PSI inflation system, it didn’t take them long to make the decision to begin the retrofit program,” said Mike Niemeyer, Director of Fleet Sales, North & Central America at PSI. “Using PSI saves them a lot of money, especially on older trailers that typically require more maintenance, and using Velociti to install the systems saved them even more by getting the job done efficiently and effectively. That is why we partnered with Velociti and have since 2004, they have proven that they are the only vendor that can handle a project of this magnitude and scope.”
Dwayne Haug, Executive Vice President of Equipment Purchasing for Werner explained, “Once we looked at the pros and cons of a retrofit and took a look at the model developed by Velociti for successfully deploying it across our entire fleet, the decision was clear. The key is finding the right product and the right company to deploy it and we certainly got both with PSI and Velociti.”
According to Deryk Powell, COO of Velociti, Inc., “Technology retrofits on trailers present unique equipment access challenges. But due to the compelling ROI from tire inflation, the industry needs a solution. Therefore, we built a model for performing these projects several years ago, which has been leveraged by many fleets. We are pleased Werner saw value in our solution and are honored to be working with them.”