The augmentation of Continental’s tyre offer to commercial fleets with digital services is a natural focus for a corporation with divisions devoted to vehicle technology. For its commercial vehicle tyre business unit, the strategic route to solutions provider, matching the digital transformation of the transport industry, is a particularly clear one, with many of the newly available technologies to improve logistics performance already part of its corporate structure. The leading tyre and digital solutions provider is currently taking the ‘digital leap’ forward, increasing its innovative portfolio of digital capabilities to enhance efficiency across the commercial vehicle industry. This integration of tyre services into its truck and bus tyre business was signified with the establishment of Conti’s Fleet Solutions department in early 2019.
Continental has continued the process of providing a complete service solution for the OTR segment, introducing a new ContiEarth range of tyres tuned for various applications and its latest tyre monitoring technology for a sector defined by its variable operating conditions. OTR tyres are often used to extract and haul raw materials on gravelly, rocky or sandy terrain, or transport building materials on unpaved roads at construction sites: for these and other applications, they can be mounted on a wide variety of construction vehicles and machinery.
Devices offered by Ruptela, a provider of fleet management solutions based on GPS tracking and real-time vehicle monitoring and control, now includes real-time tyre monitoring following the integration of ContiPressureCheck into its suite of solutions. Tyre data collected with ContiPressureCheck will be available to both the dispatcher’s computer and the driver of the vehicle via a network connection with Ruptela’s system.
Full tyre service provision remains the ultimate goal of premium commercial vehicle tyre suppliers. Approaches to achieving such targets have become increasingly technological, and given the solutions developed by its corporate cousins, Continental’s tyre division is at the forefront. The German manufacturer will use its presence at the CV Show 2017 to highlight its operational solutions, designed to help inform fleets, put efficiency and safety first and provide a complete service to complement its comprehensive range of commercial vehicle tyres; products designed for LGV, HGV, and Materials Handling equipment will be exhibited.
Scottish bus and coach operator Whitelaws Coaches has implemented a Continental tyres only policy on its fleet following tests against its previous tyre choice. George Whitelaw said, “We had been running other premium tyres for a great many years, but when we were offered the chance to trial Continental’s equivalent product on two of our hard-working bus fleet, we thought it would be good get some sort of measure on how well our policy had been serving us. We were very pleasantly surprised to discover Continental’s Urban HA3 M+S tyres significantly outperformed the tyres we had been using.”
Specialist livestock haulier, Frank Hanna, has fitted ContiPressureCheck (CPC) systems onto his dedicated Volvo artic and drawbar trucks. While his livestock rigs, which operate from 3:00am transporting large loads of pigs, sheep and cattle, cover a comparatively low mileage, the nature of the work means navigating rough country lanes and tight farmyards. Therefore, Frank Hanna needed a TPMS to spot tyre problems before blowouts occur. The ContiPressureCheck system uses tyre sensors mounted inside a rubber housing on the tyre inner liner that can continuously measure both pressures and temperatures.
Upon its launch in European markets three years ago, Continental’s new tyre pressure monitoring system was only available as a retrofit option. The availability of ContiPressureCheck has now been extended to tyres shipped straight from the factory with sensors already installed. Continental is using the name ‘iTire’ to distinguish these products from standard tyres.
Evans Transport is to introduce Continental Tyres’ ContiPressureCheck system into its fleet. The 150-truck, 220-trailer fleet said that early trials have shown safety and economy gains from installing the system.
The ContiPressureCheck tyre pressure monitoring system from Continental has been approved for operational use by Polish bus manufacturer Solaris, and will be fitted as original equipment on the city and regional buses it produces. Solaris began delivering the first 60 city buses equipped with ContiPressureCheck to a customer in Krakow at the start of February.
With half a million pounds invested in a new state-of-the-art hydro-blasting machine based on a Scania 8×6 chassis, W J Roadmarkings wanted to take every measure to ensure nothing would disrupt its availability for work. Tyre failure was a major potential problem, especially as the vehicle would be working mainly on road construction sites and rural roads. To overcome this, the UK’s leading independent company in both laying down and erasing road markings fitted the Scania with a ContiPressureCheck tyre pressure monitoring system.
Slow and constant air pressure loss is one of the most common causes of tyre failure in port environments and other industrial settings. The consequences of tyre damage and the vehicle downtime that results from it are costly and disruptive to the supply chain. As a means of minimising such problems, Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) has extended its ContiPressureCheck tyre pressure management system into the specialty tyre segment. Continental says its system is reliable and facilitates greater tyre lifespan. ContiPressureCheck is suitable for use on all types of industrial vehicles and functions with all brands of tubeless pneumatic tyres.