Ingersoll-Rand unveils Nitrogen Tire Filling System

May 26, 2004

Ingersoll-Rand's Productivity Solutions Group has introduced the Nitrogen Tire Filling System, which utilizes state-of-the-art membrane technology to deliver high-quality nitrogen to tires.

Nitrogen is a dry, inert gas that leaks through a tire’s rubber walls three times more slowly than oxygen, says the company. Thus tires stay inflated longer, grip the road better and provide greater control in all weather conditions than tires filled with ordinary compressed air.

IR's Nitrogen Tire Filling System has no moving parts, is very quiet and requires simple annual maintenance, the company notes. The system can be connected easily to an existing compressed air supply, and can be ready to generate nitrogen in minutes.

IR offers three units designed to supply adequate amounts of nitrogen for vehicle service shops, high-volume tire retailers and truck/fleet operations.

Units can be supplied in a fully packaged configuration which includes a tank-mounted integrated system to minimize the floor space required.

Another advantage that nitrogen has over oxygen is the fact that as oxygen leaks out through a tire’s rubber walls, it oxidizes the rubber compounds in the tire, causing the tire to deteriorate, says the company. In contrast, nitrogen is a clean, moisture-free gas that slows down the tire aging process.