Can you control the uncontrollable?

Some say with nitrogen it is possible


Another benefit to nitrogen is that it is a dry, inert gas. This may be obvious, but it is worth pointing out that removing oxygen from a tire means less damage to inner liners, steel belts and rims due to oxidation and condensation.

Big Names

Some big names in the industry are already running on nitrogen-filled tires, including Wal-Mart and Safeway, because they have justified the return on investment in nitrogen tire inflation.

Wal-Mart recently reported that it is 60 percent of the way to doubling its shipping efficiency by 2015. Included in its sustainability program is nitrogen-filled tires for its entire North American fleet. Elizabeth Fret-heim, director of strategy and sustainability for Wal-Mart’s fleet operations stated: “We are rolling out a program to do nitrogen filling of tires that will help reduce rolling resistance.”

With big names like Wal-Mart and Safeway already using it, it is safe to say that nitrogen inflation is here to stay. So now, it becomes a race to see who will take advantage of the benefits sooner rather than later.

Stacey Majkrzak is marketing manager for Branick Industries, based in Fargo, ND. Since its founding in 1917, Branick has been an industry leader in tire service and repair equipment, tire inflation equipment and nitrogen systems. Today, Branick is leading the industry into a greener tomorrow by focusing on fuel conservation, and helping customers reduce their carbon footprint. With multiple manufacturing locations in the U.S., Branick Industries is committed to main-taining the well-earned reputation for quality, service, innovation and value.

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