TyreSense, by RIMEX, is the best-in-class tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that's changing the way mining and industrial operations around the world monitor tires. It boasts leading-edge software, hardware, tools and client support.
“RIMEX came into the TPMS market because there was a need for a system that worked,” says Dave Laird, one of the founders of TyreSense. “Mining companies needed a TPMS option that wasn’t tied to a rubber company – something that gave them options.”
But there were challenges ahead. The technology had not yet been developed to support a mining-grade TPMS. “The industry was going through growing pains,” says Pawel Miskiewicz, a founding engineer of TyreSense. “But RIMEX saw that the demand for a TPMS was growing – something that would save tires and money.” So, in 2002, RIMEX allocated capital for a core group of engineers to develop a TPMS for the mining industry.
“RIMEX’s knowledge of the tire industry made it easy to expand on the system. They already knew what the mining sites wanted from a TPMS."
By 2003, the fundamental technology for the product was developed. “The first system was very basic, just a six-wheel system that could produce temperature and pressure readings in a test pressure vessel,” says TyreSense co-founder Chris Demetrioff. “However, RIMEX’s knowledge of the tire industry made it easy to expand on the system. They already knew what the mining sites wanted from a TPMS.”
The system quickly became more sophisticated: wheel positions and data-recording capabilities were added, and the size of the wheel sensor was reduced. Soon, phase-one systems were being deployed for testing on large mining trucks. During this test phase, the system was further refined and improved through extensive customer input and collaboration. Over the next months, customer ideas and feedback were integrated into the TyreSense system, and ‘Gen II’ was launched in September 2004.
The 2014 CONEXPO in Las Vegas featured the debut of TyreSense Industrial, a streamlined version of the mining product designed for industrial operations. The industrial system employs the strength and durability of the mining product with a specialized set of industry-specific features.
Since the beginning, RIMEX has maintained its ideal of open communication to create customer-tailored products. Every TyreSense system comes with the highest standard of durability, strength and reliability, as well as a long list of optional components that allow sites to customize the product to their needs. RIMEX incorporates these high standards into every system upgrade and new release.
"As TyreSense continues to evolve, it aims to perfect not just tire monitoring, but tire management."
As TyreSense continues to evolve, it aims to perfect not just tire monitoring, but tire management. “We’re moving into asset management with tires,” says Dave Laird, when asked about the future of TyreSense. “Our vision is one where all information is tracked – such as cost per hour and operational efficiency – so sites can make comparisons between tires. We want to give our clients the most advanced tire management system possible.”
RIMEX thrives on a customer-driven approach. “It’s incredible to see how far TyreSense has come,” says Laird of the growth of the product. “All of this started because RIMEX listened to customers first!”