TerminalMaster V.ply: Continental renames port tyres
Continental is changing the name of its StraddleMaster+ port tyre line to TerminalMaster V.ply. This change of name is also accompanied by a significant expansion of the tyre’s application recommendations: Instead of primarily being intended for use on straddle carriers, Continental says “intensive tests in the laboratory and in real-life use” have led it to additionally recommend the tyre for use at airports and for heavy-duty transport in the industrial sector.
Whether in harbours, airports or in the industrial sector, the requirements for vehicle tyres are diverse. Speed, distance, load, temperature, ground conditions and many other factors need to be taken into consideration. AGVs, aircraft tractors and side loaders often have to drive short distances at low speed, exposing their tyres to heavy loads when turning frequently on the spot.
The TerminalMaster V.ply is designed to provide good traction, even during emergency braking. In addition, the tyre features reinforced sidewalls in order to reduce downtime and, in turn, operating costs. It has a closed shoulder design, and Continental says this ensures precise track holding on almost any surface and in all weather conditions. The tyre maker adds that the tread design and resulting low vibration makes TerminalMaster V.ply particularly suitable for driverless vehicles.
Stability thanks to V.ply technology
While cross-ply tyres are known for their damping properties and radial tyres for good high-speed capability, V.ply technology combines the advantages of both technologies by integrating a weave pattern of different cords at specific angles. The casing of a V.ply tyre consists of up to 20 layers of diagonal fibres embedded in three wire cores. Since steel cord does not allow an optimal bond between carcass and rubber shell, V.ply technology uses a high-strength polymer. Unlike conventional cross-ply tyres, the crossing textile layers of a V.ply tyre are arranged at an angle of about 30 degrees. Together with the sidewall layers, this provides increased tyre stiffness and enables a higher level of stability and durability during sudden movements.
The increased resistance to damage, for example impact on immovable objects such as curbs or containers, has a positive effect on the life of the tyres. Continental says V.ply tyres therefore offer the best performance for short distances and low speeds under heavy loads.