Alligator’s new valve cuts pressure check times by 65%
Valve specialist Alligator has released a new valve cap that does not have to be unscrewed to check air pressure or refill tires.
The DS-P is similar to the well-known V2B check valve cap but is made of plastic and therefore has a reduced weight.
Alligator vice president of development and sales Renato Palaoro told Traction News: “This is a flow-through valve cap, so you’re able to install it on nearly all valves because it’s very light. You’re able to assemble it also on the TPMS valves, because you have no corrosion.
“We sell five to eight million of the V2B in the U.S. each year and this is nearly the same principle, but this is really a long-life cap. From a functional standpoint it is the same but you can put it on more kinds of cars and trucks.
“This is a great solution for situations where you have to check the tire pressure daily or weekly, because this cap saves a lot of time.”
Alligator claims time spent checking tires is reduced by up to 65 percent as a result of using the cap, thereby reducing costs, and avoids dirty fingers. Palaoro said because it is plastic, the DS-P has eliminated the corrosion problem that sometimes affect similar metal valve caps.
Palaoro said Alligator is looking to expand its distribution network in the U.S.
“At the moment our biggest supplier is Myers Tire Supply, they’re selling a lot of our products, but we’re searching for new channels, too, because the U.S. is a big market,” he said.