Trelleborg & Dana unveiling CTIS at Agritechnica
Trelleborg Wheel Systems and Dana Incorporated have jointly developed a revolutionary Central Tire Inflation (CTIS) system for the agricultural machinery industry. The concept of the new CTIS system will be displayed at Agritechnica 2019 next month. Named CTIS+ Inside, the full OEM integrated central pressure control system will enable tractor drivers to inflate or deflate tyre pressures directly from the tractor cabin.
“In the near future, we believe that the integration of advanced CTIS systems within the new generation of tractors will significantly boost farming efficiency, making the industry more productive and sustainable,” says Paolo Pompei, president of Trelleborg Wheel Systems. “Our recent research demonstrates that the adoption of the correct inflation pressure can cut farming variable costs by as much as 20 per cent, while reducing the environmental footprint of farming operations.”
According to Trelleborg Wheel Systems, CTIS+ Inside builds on the traditional functionalities of CTIS systems currently in the market by integrating new components with state-of-the-art pressure software intelligence provided by Trelleborg Load Calculator (TLC) software.
“According to our latest customer surveys, the adoption rate of CTIS systems will accelerate over the next three to five years,” shares Pompei. “By 2025, CTIS solutions will equip one out of three tractors with over 120 horsepower in Europe and North America. At the same time, we believe that this trend may accelerate if the industry is capable of offering an affordable, efficient, safe and easy to use CTIS system. This is why Trelleborg initiated this journey several years ago by pioneering smart tyre technologies such as Variable Inflation Pressure (VIP) and TLC (Trelleborg Load Calculator). At the same time, we decided to partner with a leading industry player like Dana, to complement our technology and extend our solution to leading tractor manufacturers and professional farmers.”
“Trelleborg and Dana have built strong relationships with leading tractor manufacturers through highly engineered innovations that improve performance,” states Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Drive and Motion Technologies. “The joint development of Trelleborg’s CTIS+ Inside technology will enhance the efficiency and productivity of professional farming while further strengthening our reputations and the awareness of our brands within the agricultural sector.”
Trelleborg Wheel Systems reports that it and Dana are currently working closely with leading tractor manufacturers to make the new solution available during the configuration of new tractors. “Our ambition is to make the new solution accessible to farmers for the new generations of tractors and agricultural machines by the end of 2020. In time, the solution will be also available for aftermarket, as a retrofit system,” concludes Pompei.
CTIS+ Inside will be displayed at Agritechnica 2019 on a real mock-up installation at Trelleborg’s stand, enabling customers and visitors to experience the benefits of the system first-hand. Its official launch will take place at Trelleborg’s stand at Agritechnica (Hall 20, booth A04) with a joint Trelleborg-Dana press conference. This is scheduled to take place at 10am on 11 November.