Thomas Built Buses Announce New Tire Pressure Monitoring Technology


Richmond, Va. – Nov. 10, 2015 – Thomas Built Buses, along with Valor and Pana-Pacific, have announced a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) as part of the new BusWise™ suite of technologies. This will be a factory-installed option available for all new orders of the Saf-T-Liner C2 ® starting on November 11, 2015.

Through a sensor on each wheel, the new TPMS will monitor air pressure and temperature inside the tire and wirelessly send real-time data on each tire to a display within the bus.

“Unlike other TPMS systems, the Valor system will check both air pressure and temperature,” explains Tracy Mack-Askew, vice president of engineering for Thomas Built Buses. “The Valor TPMS system will provide real-time data to the driver along with immediate warnings for high or low pressures as well as air leakage and high temperatures. The data can also be available to fleet managers 24/7. This will allow fleet managers to analyze tire data and make more efficient fleet management and maintenance decisions.” 

The system utilizes internally-installed sensors that are safe, secure and extremely reliable, and each sensor is powered by a long-lasting battery.  “Valor TPMS is extremely reliable,” explains Mike Kutzscher of Valor.  “The single thing that makes Valor stand out against competitive products is the signal strength of our sensors. Even in the toughest conditions, you can always rely on Valor TPMS sensors to give you real-time tire pressure and temperature data.”

For more information, customers should contact their local Thomas Built Buses dealer.

About Thomas Built Buses

Founded in 1916, Thomas Built Buses is a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line, the company has been committed to delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America. Learn more at or at

Thomas Built Buses, Inc., headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.

About Pana-Pacific

Our dedicated sales and engineering experts have worked side-by-side with Commercial Vehicle (CV) manufacturers for over 43 years, to develop and implement quality products for vehicles that live up to the required standards.  Our customers have come to rely on us as the expert in the areas of mobile audio and entertainment, satellite radio, safety, navigation, video systems, communications, telematics, mobile appliances and more.  Pana-Pacific has a systems-integration approach, which has positioned the company to offer world class products from global companies to the CV manufacturers as well as their dealers and other valued customers.   With 14 original equipment (OE) manufacturers as customers Pana-Pacific provides services to approximately 2,800 OE dealers, over 35 OE part distribution centers and thousands of CV fleet companies.  At any given time, you will find over 2,500 unique OEM part numbers in stock and available for shipment from our warehouse facility in Fresno, California. For more information, please visit

About Valor TPMS

Headquartered in Burlington Ontario, Valor TPMS develops and manufactures tire pressure and temperature-monitoring systems for the commercial truck, trailer, bus, recreational vehicle and mining equipment markets. For additional info about Valor TPMS, visit 

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