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So much rides on tires that manufacturers are constantly improving them in a variety of technically fascinating ways providing buyers with the best performance and durability for specific machines and applications. Here are some recent updates to tires for construction equipment.
Yokohama Tire's new RL47A radial tire for rigid frame dump trucks runs faster, cooler and longer, according to Bruce Besancon, Yokohama Tire vice president of OTR sales. "It's engineered to help earthmovers get the job done faster and more efficiently, which will have positive impact on the bottom line."
The new RL47A E-4, now available in size 27.00R49, is designed to handle faster or longer hauls thanks to the precise heat dissipation grooves strategically placed across the tread. Additionally, specially designed thermal reduction architecture on the shoulder block provides extra heat dissipation. It is offered in four different compound options: CP (cut-protected), REG (regular), CP-S (special cut resistance) and HR (heat resistant). Longer service life and excellent cut resistance are insured by the larger, flatter footprint which distributes weight more evenly.
For loaders, underground vehicles and dozers, Yokohama Tire's Y69K L-5S tire now comes in a new size – 35/65-33 - with a CP-S (special cut resistance) compound and steel breaker construction. "The steel breaker construction adds special rubber-coated layers of steel cord between the casing and tread, making this Y69K an incredibly tough tire that can handle punishing terrains," said Besancon.
The Y69K features extra casing protection thanks to the thicker upper sidewall - with a square shoulder profile - that's built to prevent damage caused by the rigours of severe service. It also offers longer tread life and greater durability even in the most extreme conditions due to the extra-deep, reinforced tread. Extended service life is provided by the specially formulated CP-S compound which is cut and chip resistant. The Y69K comes in three other sizes: 18.00-25, 26.5-25 and 29.5-29. All feature the CP-S compound.
Magna Tyres Group has introduced the new Magna MA02 Scraper tire for both scrapers and graders, engineered and constructed with a unique non-directional E3 rock tread pattern to improve traction and performance. The steel radial construction of the tire ensures more sturdy protective layers, which allows for better load performance and greater operator comfort. Manga says that they have used a new technology in the high-tech casing of the tire which noticeably reduces heat buildup in the tire. It is initially available in three different sizes: 29.5R29, 33.25R29 and 37.25R35, with a single maximum load of up to 23,600 kg.
For urban excavation, the new Nokian Armor Gard 2 tire presents better stability and improved lifetime compared to previous generation of Armor Gard tires. It is vertically 25 percent stiffer – this robust carcass design enables optimally stable and smooth excavation work.
The new wider tread design lowers the contact pressure and, combined with 12 percent more rubber, provides a longer life. The tires are excellent for long-distance moves on the highway. Insert windows maximize tire cooling and carcass durability and the tread depth indicator makes the tire condition easy to monitor.
Digital tire monitoring
To get the most out of tires, it is important to monitor them. Continental offers a digital tire monitoring platform, ContiConnect, to do this and have just released the first update to their web portal which now has more functions and improved appearance. The new features link the ContiConnect services directly with fleet operations.
New features, which are available to all ContiConnect users, include the ability to set individual notification rules regarding tire temperature and pressure with custom thresholds. This allows fleet managers and maintenance managers to select their own alert notification levels. In the original release of the platform, the Very Low Pressure alert level, which triggers text and email alerts, was set for all users at 25 percent under-inflated. Now, fleets can customize this level to receive text and email alerts when a tire reaches just 10 percent under-inflated, for example.
Another new feature is the air filling assistant, which supports precise tire inflation regardless of the tire's temperature. The user is able to toggle between viewing the actual tire pressure and temperature, or viewing a compensated pressure at 68 degrees F to see the cold inflation level. Proper air pressure, measured at cold inflation level, guarantees the highest possible fuel efficiency to save fuel costs, reduces tire wear for long tire life, and helps to prevent tire blowouts for optimal safety.
Tire maintenance accessories
Accessories are needed to maintain tires and ESCO has released an entire line of tire inflators, hose reels, and air hoses to add to their already extensive line of professional tire tools and equipment.
In the inflation category, the range includes wall-mounted inflators, dial and digital handheld inflators, as well as a newly designed automatic handheld inflator. The Automatic Handheld Tire Inflator (model 10963) is a rechargeable handheld tire inflation solution that allows for complete inflation of up to four tires at the push of a button. Its rugged design and ease of use makes it ideal for in the shop or on a service truck for any tire inflating situation.
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Continental introduces Generation 3 construction truck tires and digital tire monitoring solutions at Texas event
Heavy Equipment Guide and Recycling Product News attended a demo of Continental's construction and on/off-road tire portfolio at the company's proving grounds in Uvalde, Texas, in September. Demos ranged from a 19.5-inch medium-duty truck tire up to heavy truck tires and earthmoving OTR tires. The company also introduced its digital tire monitoring solutions.
Kleenvac, by Onekleen, is a tiny power packed vacuum device designed to save businesses hours in workshop and general cleanup time. This machine is a versatile compressed air powered vacuum that converts metal drums into supercharged wet vacs. It will solve liquid clean-up challenges in a range of applications simply and affordably. Kleenvac is a low-cost investement that will last, and will:
- Clean up liquids and suspended solids simpler and faster ("Fill a 200L drum in just over 1 minute").
- Reduce manual labour and the use of expensive clean-up consumables, potentially saving $100s if not $1000s.
Petro-Canada Lubricants, a HollyFrontier business, has expanded its TRAXON and DURON product lines with the launches of DURON Advanced 5W-30 and TRAXON Synthetic 75W-85. The introduction of the new oils demonstrate continued product innovation from Petro-Canada Lubricants to help fleets meet new and emerging market trends.
As industries like construction and mining move toward adoption of new engine oil standards, oil manufacturers have been working to improve their product and take advantage of the properties that are inherent in their new offerings.
Unveiled in July, the new MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL 2 – the airless tire solution for skid steers – features a completely new wheel developed and manufactured by GKN Wheels. The TWEEL is a single, fully integrated unit which replaces the traditional tire/ wheel/ valve assembly. This means there is no need for costly and time-consuming wheel and tire mounting to be carried out – and once the unit is bolted to the vehicle, there is no air pressure to maintain.
Mack Trucks has introduced dynamic maintenance, a connected vehicle service focused on proactive vehicle maintenance planning and fleet operations efficiency.
A mining truck is only as good as the tires it rides on, and inspecting and maintaining those tires is a big job with significant implications for both productivity and safety. With its new Tire Operations Management System (TOMS), Kal Tire is demonstrating that tire management can benefit from more effective fleet inspections and improved planning and communication of required tire work. With TOMS, the company is making the tire inspection and reporting process clearer and more efficient today, while common language data capture and centralized data management will lead to predictive tire maintenance, AI recognition of damage and more effective training for inspectors in the future.
The LUBE-A-BOOM team is proud to introduce LOOSE-N-IT. Customer service and satisfaction is LUBE-A-BOOM's top priority, along with providing dealers superior lubrication products. After speaking with several industry leaders, a lubrication niche not being adequately satisfied by competing brands was identified: a product that allows technicians and parts managers to quickly remove old, stripped, and/or rusty bolts from equipment. The LUBE-A-BOOM team found that many times these crucial bolts and screws had become so worn and stripped that removing them was a time-consuming process. To alleviate this service-related pressure point, LUBE-A-BOOM set to work to develop a product that could easily be used in the field to assist in the removal of old and worn bolts. Thus, the LOOSE-N-IT product came to fruition.
Eliminate Downtime recently arrived in Chicago and over 40 construction industry leaders attended the event to discuss solutions to the challenge of low productivity, missed deadlines and cost overruns. Organizations including Komatsu, Admar, United Rentals, Sunbelt, CAT, Bechtel, Messer Construction, Uptake and Trackunit contributed to the day with presentations, workshops and a panel quickfire.
As construction and roadbuilding companies know, renting equipment is a small but pivotal part of any project. If a vital piece of equipment is not available, that can result in idle workers, and a project falling behind schedule and going beyond budget.
Construction sites in many parts of North America face cold weather on a regular basis, which often leaves contractors dealing with cold starts – very cold, when you consider Canadian winters. Cold machinery means more idling, more maintenance and more pressure on the bottom line.
We know we are all creatures of habit. Without even realizing it, you have established patterns that structure and fill most of your days – starting with the time you tell your alarm to get you out of bed, to your method for moving material with your wheel loader. While you may tweak your schedule periodically, much of what you do on a daily basis flows from the rhythm of routine.
Let's face a fact: construction equipment isn't cheap. For the majority of contractors, the purchase of a new machine is a big capital outlay that requires plenty of planning and financial preparation.
Batteries are an important part of modern life and now Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is starting to use them to power its machines – but how much do you actually know about them? Magnus Larsson, Development Engineer Batteries, Electromobility Systems, presents five facts about the lithium-ion batteries that are being used in construction equipment.
Cooper Tire has announced the availability of a new mixed service wide base all-position (WBA) tire as part of its Cooper SEVERE Series lineup. The Cooper SEVERE Series WBA provides long miles to removal while handling the harsh operating conditions found in construction truck applications – especially mixers and dump trucks. The tire is available in 385/65R22.5 and 425/65R22.5 sizes, in load range L.
SnowEx STORM SEEKER LED Headlamps with EdgeView Technology provide one of the widest, fullest and farthest light patterns of any snow plow lights on the market. Featuring a durable design and best-in-class LED output to simulate daylight, the headlamps produce up to twice the light output of halogen bulbs to increase safety and productivity while plowing.
After six years of development and testing, Michelin North America, Inc., introduced the MICHELIN XDR 3 surface-mine haul tire in size 27.00R49. Addressing the productivity and endurance issues found in today's surface mines, the XDR3 — developed for a range of rigid dump trucks with payload capacity up to 400 tons — is designed with new compounds and a revolutionary new tread pattern that helps provide exceptional tire life. The use of corrosion-isolating cables in the tire architecture is a significant upgrade in situations where this equipment is always moving as it is operated for up to 23 hours-per-day in extreme terrain.
Automatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd.announces the winner of the Lincoln 1844 PowerLuber Grease Gun Giveaway Contest. Gabriel Lopez, Marketing Specialist at FLO announced; "Congratulations to our winner - Matt Wilson. Matt is part of the team at Knott Construction Ltd., a proud second generation, family owned business in Meaford, Ontario. Matt's name was drawn randomly from all eligible entries on March 29 in the FLO NHES 2019 Booth and he successfully answered a skill testing question."
While there are many advantages to buying new equipment, some contractors find value in buying used. Volvo Construction Equipment wants to make it safer for them to do this so they are partnering with their dealers to create Volvo Certified Used centres in Canada and the U.S. that take the guesswork out of buying used equipment.
Keith runs the business with the help of his two sons, Tyler, 32, and Justin, 31. The Kitchen trio are known within their community as the go to guys for any mobile tire needs; from skid-steer tires and tractor tires to off-road mining truck tires and Caterpillar's 980 loader tires, the team at Keith Kitchen Full Service Tire can service it all.
Camso has launched its new Steel over-the-tire (OTT) track solution, confirming its leadership as the industry one-stop source for all skid steer tire and track needs.
Groeneveld (part of The TimkenCompany) announced a new range of innovative OEM lubrication systems that sets itself apart as a brand-new concept reshaping the auto lube market.
Continental's new ContiLogger service incorporates tires, hardware, software and data for OTR customers
Continental is presenting its new ContiLogger consultancy concept at bauma. ContiLogger incorporates tires, hardware, software and data in an innovative service concept. This allows Continental to link end users with Continental's expertise even more closely.
Elgin Sweeper and RoadBotics offer sweepers equipped with AI-based pavement assessment technology to Florida municipalities
Elgin Sweeper Company has partnered with RoadBotics, Inc., one of the country's leading road assessment companies, to offer Florida's 400-plus municipalities the ability to collect road condition data during sweeping operations, exclusively using Elgin Sweeper street sweepers. The partnership aims to help local government officials managing road maintenance budgets - while facing mounting pressure from citizens to address potholes and other poor road conditions - to make data-driven road improvement decisions.
Continental is further extending its tire portfolio for the earthmoving industry. The technology company recently launched a new compound for its RDT-Master for the use on Rigid Dump Trucks. The cut-resistant compound was developed for rough and abrasive applications where tires have to withstand sharp gravel, rocks and stones.
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport recently introduced 'Otto', the first autonomous airport snowplow in North America. The plow is the result of a partnership with Manitoba companies Northstar Robotics Inc. and Airport Technologies Inc. (ATI).
MAXAM Tire North America is pleased to announce that Caterpillar Inc. has validated and approved the MAXAM MS302 L3 tire for use on specific Cat ® Medium Wheel Loaders. The MAXAM 23.5R25 MS302 is currently available as a factory fitment option on Cat 950GC, 950L, 950M, 962L, and 962M in certain regions. Additional MAXAM MS302 tire sizes have also been validated and approved for future factory fitment on additional Cat Medium Wheel Loaders.
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is expanding its popular Firestone VersaBuilt All Traction (AT) radial tire line. Designed primarily for loaders and graders, the new Firestone VersaBuilt AT 14.00R24 tire is engineered to provide improved traction, versatility and dependable performance in a variety of environments, helping deliver improved productivity on the jobsite.
Thunder Creek Equipment has expanded its multi-tank platform of diesel fuel hauling solutions to include a new medium-duty truck body – the Multi-Tank Upfit – that can haul bulk diesel on the road without requiring a CDL or HAZMAT endorsement (Title 49 (CFR49) – local regulations may apply). Each truck is outfitted with eight independent 115-gallon tanks (920-gallon total capacity) that are only connected when a common manifold is opened at the pumping station.
Magnum Trailer & Equipment Inc., a manufacturer and service provider for heavy duty trucks and trailers, has completed its first install of snow plow rigs for two of Fort Garry Industries (FGI) Western Star 4700 trucks. FGI supplies hundreds of plow and spreader rig ups every year for snow and ice removal throughout Western Canada.
Magna Tyres Group is expanding its worldwide network of offices and distribution, starting with an office near Toronto, Ontario. This opens up an entire new market which makes it possible for even more clients in Canada and the US to acquire premium quality Magna Tyres products. Michael de Ruijter, CEO of Magna Tyres Group, comments: "We took a great deal of care in choosing this location for our new office. It will further strengthen our commitment to all customers in the region and is an opportunity for close daily cooperation."
FLO Components exhibiting automatic greasing systems for compact equipment at National Heavy Equipment Show
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Enerpac has introduced a new XC-Series Cordless Torque Wrench Pump that is ideal for maintenance applications in the PowerGen, Oil & Gas and MRO markets. This portable pump is ideal for remote locations, sites that do not have access to power or where having electric cords could cause trip hazards.
Long before a single load is booked or any wheels turn, someone - usually a fleet manager - needs to determine exactly what is going to separate the road and the load. There's a lot riding on this decision because, as much as some would like to think otherwise, a trailer is never just a trailer. It can be manufactured to many different specifications, with multiple raw material options, dozens of load and geographical considerations, various top speed requirements and hundreds of possible axle configurations coming into play. And it all comes down to one objective - the ideal trailer for an operation's specific loads.