Branick’s History Branick was founded in 1917 by Earl Branick Over 750,000 customers worldwide Focus on: Nitrogen Systems Tire spreaders Tire inspectors Tire service equipment Under-car tools “Standard of the Industry” 7400 Strut tool
What is Nitrogen? Nitrogen is the main chemical compound of the air that we breathe… 78% Nitrogen 21% Oxygen 0.9% Argon 0.1% Other Gases Air contains impurities, such as pollution and moisture. Nitrogen does not. HAZMAT tested – Non Combustible TPMS, Spalding, Wheelchair Michelin supports the use of nitrogen based on its ability to better retain pressure over a period of time. – Michelin technical bulletin, November – All you need to know
Nitrogen Generation MEMBRANE PERMEATION METHOD Hollow Fibre H2OH2OCO 2 O2O2 Ar Air Nitrogen Air Nitrogen Oxygen
110 Million Mile Test Double Blind Study – Government Funded Air – No pressure maintenance program Air - With monthly pressure maintenance program Nitrogen 70 tractors and 117 trailers in long-haul operations 2 routes – Canada to LA, CA and East Canada to West Canada January to August – Coldest to Warmest Months Validate electronically 1636 wheel positions Monthly check tread depth 4 points electronically on every tire. Published for Clemson University Tire Industry Conference Significant Points Nitrogen system improved fuel efficiency by 3.1% compared to tire pressure maintenance program using air Improved 6.1% compared to no tire pressure maintenance program Study also uncovered 86% gains in tire tread life Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions could be exchanged for revenue on carbon trading markets Results mirror data performed at Wal-Mart, Michelin
Why Nitrogen? For Commercial Fleets… Nitrogen helps maintain correct inflation pressure N2 Migrates 3-4 slower than O2 No moisture in N2 Tires run up to 20% cooler Nitrogen Benefits: Maximize Fuel economy – Average 6.1% savings Casing failure rate in service reduced by 49% Nitrogen decreases oxidation and rust on the rim and valve stem Tire Life – increase average of 51%, get up to 5 retreads per casing Better for the environment – GNI will write a press release See Nitrogen Inflation 101 – Fleet Maintenance May 2008
Fuel Efficient Tire – At What Cost? Fuel Efficient tires in independent studies were found to last only 32% as long compared to standard tires. Example Standard Drive Tire – 320,000 miles Fuel Efficient – 110,000 miles Get more miles with either tire with N2!
Industry Benefits Lower Operating Temp Fuel Efficiency Minimize Inertia Tire Life Safety Long-Haul Regional Mining Construction Refuse Transit EMS Pickup & Delivery
Owner operator Benefit Proven savings at $3800 Average savings per tractor $600 Average savings per trailer 60 national top-off locations and growing Locator Locator Feel free to add air then purge contaminants and add N2 when back in the shop Better ride – Lower operating temp = softer ride Trailer gone for months? Who’s checking the pressure?
Implementation and Conversion 1. Determine Purity – 98% Branick – The only system that delivers 98% in less than 45 minutes on a tractor! 2. Site Evaluation 3. Air Audit 4. System Selection 5. Implementation 6. Training 7. Support
Implementation and Conversion
What to look for in a Nitrogen System The highest Purity – Branick tank test = 99.4% Fastest The Best Membrane – Made in USA Track record - Some lose capacity after 12 months Most efficient Branick’s Air to Nitrogen ratio of less than 2x1. Many are 3x1. Low Maintenance and 5 year cost Avoid carbon pre-filters – Hazardous waste, more maint, $199/yr No need for $1,000 air dryer Automatic shut-off switch Hand-held N2 analyzer Average life is 3 years, keep it portable and easy to replace The research has been confirmed by Costco, purchased over 500 Branick units Boeing conducted 2 years of research Chose the same technology to provide nitrogen for the C17
Nitrogen in Tires Today Aircraft tires – FAA Required (sec ) NASCAR, Formula 1, Le Mans and Indy Race Teams OTR NASA – The Space Shuttle A vastly growing number of fleet and consumer vehicles
COMPUTERIZED FIELD TEST RESULTS AND SAVINGS BUS (A)BUS (B)BUS (A)BUS (B) Bus Brand : Inflation Type : N2 Purity : # of Tires : Tire Sizes : Tire Brands : Total Miles: Total Gallons: Bus Brand : Inflation Type : N2 Purity : # of Tires : Tire Sizes : Tire Brands : Total Miles : Total Gallons : Bus Brand : Inflation Type : Purity : # of Tires : Tire Sizes : Tire Brands : Total Miles : Total Gallons : Bus Brand : Inflation Type : Purity : # of Tires : Tire Sizes : Tire Brands : Total Miles : Total Gallons : Volvo Air 78% 6 385/65R22.5 Michelin Volvo Nitrogen 93% 6 385/65R22.5 Michelin Volvo Air 78% 6 315/80R22.5 Michelin Volvo Nitrogen 93% 6 315/80R22.5 Michelin % of fuel savings : 15% % of fuel savings : 11% TEST # 1TEST # 2 Fleet size : Gallons per year : Price per gallon : Annual fuel spending : 275 buses 4,500,000 $ 2.75 (average) $ 12,375, SAMPLE MASS TRANSIT AGENCY Anticipated annual savings with nitrogen : ($990,000.00) to ($1,485,000.00) 8 % efficiency increase12 % efficiency increase
TIRE COMPANY ENDORSEMENTS Product Service Bulletin # Nitrogen gas, as an inflation alternative to air, is becoming more prevalent in the market place and is being marketed as a benefit to the standard practice of using air to inflate tires. Goodyear supports the use of nitrogen, as an inflation gas, in all Goodyear, Dunlop, Kelly, Associate Brand and Private Brand products, based on the availability for a tire to retain pressure for a longer period of time. The use of nitrogen will not affect the tire warranty. Please be advised that even with the use of nitrogen as an inflation gas, regular inflation pressure checks are highly recommended. Please follow the manufacturer / supplier’s safety guidelines for the storage and handling of nitrogen. Goodyear supports the use of nitrogen, as an inflation gas, in all Goodyear, Dunlop, Kelly, Associate Brand and Private Brand products, based on the availability for a tire to retain pressure for a longer period of time. The use of nitrogen will not affect the tire warranty.
What the Experts Say: Fuel Economy and Tire Life Proper inflation = 3.3%+ improvement in fuel economy and 20% longer tire life US Government You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. - Michelin supports the use of nitrogen based on its ability to better retain pressure over a period of time. – Michelin tehnical bulletin, November 2003 Bridgestone says air inflated tires lost an average of 2.7 psi per month and nitrogen inflated tires lost an average of 0.7 psi per month. – Guy Walenga, Clemson Tire Conference, March, 2004 TMC found that 57% of vehicles have at least one tire more than 5 psi under inflated and 22% of vehicles have at least one tire under inflated by 20 psi or more. Goodyear says 15% under inflation = 2.5% decrease in fuel economy - Goodyear Radial Truck and Retread Service Manual pg.40 Goodyear says 15% under inflation = 8% less tread mileage - Goodyear Radial Truck and Retread Service Manual pg.40 Pirelli says 20% under inflation = 15% shorter tire life
Push for Green It’s a “Green” product Reduces Carbon Footprint and dependency on foreign Oil Talk to Branick about harvesting carbon credits from your nitrogen investment. Great for sustainability initiative. It’s a “Green” product Reduces Carbon Footprint and dependency on foreign Oil Talk to Branick about harvesting carbon credits from your nitrogen investment. Great for sustainability initiative.
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