Livonia-based TRW Autmotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) Monday launched its LCCI (Low Cost Clamp-In) sensor for tire pressure monitoring system applications in 2011 model year vehicles.

TRW said the new design results in significantly lowered costs for the system.

The new design features a valve that screws directly into the housing, allowing for a single housing with multiple valve design capability.  This results in less parts and higher reliability than using a screw and nut.

The new design also features laser welding of the cover to the housing, a compliant pin battery and valve connection, and a heat resistant, long life battery capable of operating within a range of -40 to 120 degrees Celsius (-40 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit).

“This new, low cost sensor design is a first step in our roadmap to fundamentally lower the cost of TPMS, which is good news for a technology with recognized value being mandated in North America and soon in Europe and South Korea,” said Martin Thoone, vice president of global electronics engineering for TRW. “These systems must first and foremost have robust performance across a range of challenging operating conditions, but must also be affordable for vehicle manufacturers and their customers.”

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