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.
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About Michelin North America, Inc.
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.
Michelin North America, Inc. is partnering with Daimler Trucks North America on a key feature of the recently announced Freightliner Cascadia Class 8 heavy-duty truck. Three years in development, the MICHELIN X Line Energy D+ tire will be the featured long-haul drive-tire solution, contributing to the new Cascadia's 5 percent fuel-efficiency improvement over the 2017 model. With about 35 percent of vehicle fuel consumption attributed to overcoming tire rolling resistance, the MICHELIN X Line Energy D+ sets new standards for ultra-low rolling resistance in a dual drive tire (1) as one of DTNA's key fuel-efficiency building blocks in the new Cascadia.
Innovations shape our world, every day in many ways, and the staff at Heavy Equipment Guide want to acknowledge their importance in the world of construction-related equipment. As a result, we have created this new annual feature. Our goal is to illustrate the range and scope of advances, from earthmoving to paving, aggregates, lift, maintenance, training, wearables and others. These innovations offer advantages from doing the job faster, more accurately, more safely, more comfortably or more efficiently, to improving maintenance or providing a better ROI. The editors' selections are drawn from our coverage during the year. The selection was not always easy as there are many worthy innovations but we hope the diversity of the ones shown provide an appreciation of the vast amounts of time and money which manufacturers spend developing innovations, large and small, that make our lives better.
New options for Cat 918M Compact Wheel Loader include high-lift loader linkage, fusion coupler, guarding, larger tires
Michelin North America, Inc., is introducing the first-ever "3-star" 18.00R33 tire on the market for rigid dump trucks (RDT). A star rating is the industry's indicator of load capacity for a given dimension as defined by the Tire and Rim Association. The new MICHELIN XTRA LOAD GRIP and the MICHELIN XTRA LOAD PROTECT will allow users to increase load capacity by 11 percent(1) or accommodate more distance per hour to maximize productivity.
Michelin and Camso have reached an agreement whereby Michelin will acquire Camso, headquartered in Magog, Quebec, and whereby the two companies' off-the-road (OTR) operations will be combined to form a new division to be managed from Quebec.
Michelin North America, Inc. is launching its most aggressive answer for underground mining (UGM) tires, specifically made for loaders and transport machines operating in extreme conditions.
Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is introducing a new 26-inch airless radial tire with a four-bolt wheel-pattern hub designed for use on UTVs that will initially be sold as a fitment for the replacement market. Originally designed for military special operations use on light-tactical vehicles, the MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV 26x9N14 airless radial tire is a single unit that replaces the current pneumatic tire/wheel/valve assembly. Once bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain, thus eliminating the need to carry spare tires, tools or repair kits.
With the launch of two new all-terrain tires, the Cross Control S and Cross Control D, BFGoodrich provides new tire solutions for trucks used for construction, logging and energy that encounter aggressive conditions in grueling day-to-day environments.
Michelin North America is partnering with Case Construction Equipment to add the Michelin 10N16.5 and 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL as a factory-approved/supplied option for all Case skid-steer loaders in 2018. Case is the first skid-steer loader OEM to offer the Michelin X Tweel SSL from the factory. The SSL All-Terrain version is designed for rugged off-road working conditions and is a viable option for industries such as construction, landscaping and agriculture.