Hannover/Rotterdam, June 12, 2018. Bigger, faster, safer, greener, smarter: Based on the five major trends for the future of ports Continental will be presenting its latest developments for the port industry at this year's TOC in Rotterdam from June 12 to 14. The technology company will be unveiling its new Port Plus compound for V.ply tires and its digital tire pressure monitoring systems ContiPressureCheck and ContiConnect at booth C26 in hall 1 at the Rotterdam Ahoy. At the same time, the company will be announcing the expansion of its port tire portfolio: In addition to the V.ply tires, radial tires for port applications will also be available from the middle of next year.
“In ports, we distinguish different central tasks – pick and stack applications on the one hand and load and carry applications on the other hand - which all require different vehicles, each with specific demands: In pick & stack applications, vehicles are used to load and unload containers, there is a lot of short distance driving with a high number of turning on the spot – the focus of the tire development therefore needs to be the reduction of abrasion and the subsequent tire wear it causes,” explains Julian Alexander, Product Line Manager Material Handling. Continental is therefore now offering the V.ply tire portfolio with a new Port Plus compound, a compound that reduces heat generation and abrasion, the two primary causes of tire wear, to significantly extend tire life.
Other than picking and stacking containers, vehicles in ports may also operate in applications that involve driving over longer distances and at higher constant speeds.
Heat build-up is the biggest challenge and the main reason for high maintenance costs and vehicle downtime. “With our new radial tires with a very low heat build-up produced with state of the art technology, we are once again reinforcing our position as a full solutions provider for port operations,” says Alexander. The radial tire portfolio will be available with integrated tire sensor ready for the digital solutions ContiPressureCheck and ContiConnect shipped from the factory. The tires will be available from next summer.
Safety and efficiency are the key success factors in the port business. However, tires with low air pressure are still a common cause of breakdowns. To ensure the correct tire pressure and temperature, Continental has developed the digital tire pressure monitoring systems ContiPressureCheck for individual vehicles and ContiConnect for fleets. Continental tire sensors are at the core of both systems. The intelligent sensors constantly measure temperature and pressure from inside the tire and provide data which is then displayed on a handheld tool, on a screen in the driver’s cabin or on a web portal overseeing the fleet. The alerts and notifications let the fleet operators know which tires need immediate attention.