TPMS Support Tools
In addition to providing all of the Tyre Pressure and Temperature Monitoring System equipment that is used on the car, bf1systems also produce a range of support tools to ensure that the team can get the maximum benefit from the system both on and off the car.
Our most commonly used motorsport diagnostic tool is the Mini Analyser which is designed to accompany all Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and InfraRed Tyre Pressure & Temperature Monitoring Systems (IRTPTMS) from bf1systems.
The Mini Analyser is the perfect tool for an engineer wanting to set up and test their TPMS, or for a tyre engineer wanting to confirm tyre pressures and temperatures when the car leaves and enters the pits.
Utilising an RF receiver, as well as a Low Frequency (LF) transmitter, the Mini Analyser is able to interrogate both wheel sensors mounted in wheels, or on rims with no tyres, to allow the user to see vital information such as tyre pressure, tyre temperature, sensor serial number, compensated tyre pressures and the sensor’s remaining battery lifetime.
The Mini Analyser also allows teams to create and edit Position (pos) files for their systems, without having to use a PC. The pos file created can then be downloaded from the Mini Analyser via the RS232 port and uploaded into the car’s ECU.
The clear, easy to read display on the Mini Analyser whilst allowing the user to see detailed information on single wheel sensor, also allows the user to select a set of wheels, and display information from this entire set of wheels, on a single screen, without the need to every remove a valve cap from a wheel.
- Operating Voltage – 9V (user replaceable PP3 battery)
- Operating Temperature Range – 20°C – +60°C
- IP Rating – IP50
- Individual Wheel Sensor Pressure
- Individual Wheel Sensor Temperature
- Wheel Set Pressures
- Wheel Set Temperatures
- Individual Compensated Wheel Sensor Pressure
- Wheel Sensor Serial Number
- Wheel Sensor Mode
- Wheel Sensor Remaining Battery Life
- RS232 For Configuration
Garage Monitoring System
Garage Monitoring System
The bf1systems Garage Monitoring System has been introduced to allow teams to more closely monitor the status of all their wheel assemblies before they are fitted onto the car.
Using the permit list and position files already with teams, the PC software monitors the pressure, temperature and remaining battery life of sensors in the immediate vicinity of the pits and displays sensor data in an easy to read format on the screen, and alerts engineers if a tyre breaches a pre-determined warning limit.
The system works using antennae mounted in the garage to receive datagrams transmitted by the wheel sensors when they are stationary, or when the wheel sensor is interrogated by a Mini Trigger or Mini Analyser, which are then processed by the ECU and the data is transferred to the PC software. The system has the benefit that if a team member is already using one of bf1systems’ handheld tools, such as the Mini Analyser to interrogate a wheel sensor, the Garage Monitoring System will also receive these datagrams and update itself accordingly.
Separate warning limits for minimum pressure, maximum pressure, minimum temperature, maximum temperature and remaining battery life can be set for each wheel. If a sensor falls outside of the specified limits it is immediately highlighted on the screen, thereby allowing teams to ensure all their tyres are in the optimum condition at all times.
Users have the option of sorting the data on the screen either by sensor serial number, by wheel set number or having tyres which have warnings present, automatically displayed at the top of the screen. Regardless of the sorting option chosen, the system displays for each corner of the car, a summary at the top informing the user of how many wheel sensors on that position have been receiver, and how many have warnings present.
The user also has the option of clicking on a single wheel from a complete set to allow them to view just the data for that wheel set in a sub window. This is very useful if an engineer wishes to monitor in close detail the condition of one particular tyre set.
To ensure that the tyre pressures displayed are corrected for ambient pressure changes arising either from weather conditions, or from elevation changes, the user has the option of either manually entering the atmospheric pressure into the software, or choosing to use one of their wheel sensors which is not mounted in a wheel, as an ambient pressure sensor. This ensures that all times the pressures displayed are correct.
The Garage Monitor System software is designed to be run on a PC all day, and can be interrogated whenever required to check the status of the wheels.
The Garage Monitoring Software bundle consists of the following items:
• 1 x Garage Monitoring PC Software
• 1 x Garage Monitoring ECU
• 4 x Garage Monitor Antennae
• 1 x Connector Kit Consisting Of 4 x Antenna Loom Connectors and 1 x ECU Loom Connector
- Operating Voltage Range – 9V – 18V
- Current Consumption – <200mA
- Operating Temperature Range – 0°C – +85°C
- IP Rating – IP50 – IP65 (ECU dependant)
- Antenna Receive Range – 10m in free space
- Minimum Tyre Pressure (independent warnings for each wheel position)
- Maximum Tyre Pressure (independent warnings for each wheel position)
- Minimum Tyre Temperature (independent warnings for each wheel position)
- Maximum Tyre Temperature (independent warnings for each wheel position)
- Minimum Remaining Battery Life (independent warnings for each wheel position)