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New Tire Inflation Positioning Switch Said to Allow Smarter TPMS Servicing

Detroit-based Spectrum Composites has introduced a new Tire Inflation Positioning Switch (TIPS), billed by the company as a “state-of-the-art, sensor-triggering Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) tool for tires.” The company describes TIPS as a tool that re-programs a vehicle’s computer each time the wheel position changes (each tire rotation).

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DETROIT — Detroit-based Spectrum Composites has introduced a new Tire Inflation Positioning Switch (TIPS), billed by the company as a “state-of-the-art, sensor-triggering Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) tool for tires.”

The company describes TIPS as a tool that re-programs a vehicle’s computer each time the wheel position changes (each tire rotation).

Technicians can use TIPS as a diagnostic tool, to ensure TPM sensors are functioning. In other words, they can test the tire sensor prior to removing the wheel, thus avoiding having to replace a defective sensor. With TIPS, service establishments don’t need to buy multiple TPMS initiation tools, Spectrum said.

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The patented TIPS tool triggers all known magnetic and frequency sensors (continuous wave, modulated wave, magnetic wave) that have been installed at the factory by OEMs. Most automakers have selected a direct approach, incorporating wheel-based sensor transmitters, according to Spectrum.

TIPS was originally developed by G-5 Electronics, a Detroit-based think-tank consisting of automotive engineers. Its sister company, Spectrum, has developed diagnostic workstations for General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and others.

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