Michelin is teaming up with AS 24, the HGV service station network that fuel company Total runs in 28 countries across Europe, to launch a new automatic tyre inspection service – Fleet Diag 24. The partners will launch their diagnostic offer in March. The rollout begins in a small way, with Fleet Diag 24 initially offered at just three sites in France, however, we can expect to see it introduced at many more of the 986 AS 24 outlets in the UK and Europe.
Michelin has presented a free of charge tyre pressure calculation aid for farmers at this year’s Agritechnica show. The AgroPressure by Michelin service aims to alleviate the tedium of having to manually estimate load and then refer to tables outlining the manufacturer’s recommendation. Michelin says its solution is “connected” and “smooth”.
An addition to the Continental TractorMaster range will be presented at next week’s Agritechnica show. Called the TractorMaster Hybrid, the new tyre comes with built-in pressure sensors. The pressure and temperature information these provide enables operators to adjust tyre pressure to match the task at hand. Continental’s aim is to deliver a tyre that offers traction with lower soil compaction in the field and greater comfort on the road.
Tyre repair material and tyre pressure monitoring system specialist Italmatic has launched its latest generation of aftermarket TPMS solution. With the Italsensor 3.0evo, Italmatic aims to “raise the standards in the TPMS aftermarket.” Italsensor 3.0evo is suitable for use with 99 per cent of the European car parc and is programmable through most popular tools, including ATEQ.
Pneumatic Components (PCL), the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of pneumatic and tyre inflation systems, is reminding drivers of the importance of having correctly inflated tyres this Tyre Safety Month (October).
Fleet inspections carried out by Wheely-Safe have found that 39 per cent of the light commercial vehicles (LCVs) it checked were operating on at least one tyre inflated to dangerous levels, posing potential safety risks and driving up operating costs.
Having supplied 35,000 dumper truck tyres and wheels in the UK last year – 100 per cent of all dumper tyres for new trucks in our market – STARCO knows a thing or two about looking after these products. It’s therefore worth taking note when the company warns of the potential danger and additional cost of operating at low air pressure.
A new tyre pressure control procedure was introduced during the opening round of the WorldSBK Championship 2018, which took place in Australia last weekend. This measure has been welcomed by Giorgio Barbier, racing director at Pirelli Moto, who comments that tyre pressure remains a “crucial point” for championship supplier Pirelli.
A new feature on the TyreSafe website enables motorhome users to check the correct tyre pressures for their vehicles. Fully compatible to use on mobile phones and devices, users can select the number of rear axles and then add either the maximum or fully laden load for the front and rear of the vehicle. Tyre size and type can then be selected from a drop-down menu to produce suggested pressures.
A new app from Mitas aims to help farmers easily find the correct pressure for their tyres when using them in the field and on the road. Versions of the app are available for Android, iOS and Windows devices and can be downloaded at https://www.mitas-info.com/ . To obtain a tyre pressure recommendation, users only need to select the appropriate tyre size, set up speed and cargo weight.
This year’s IAA commercial vehicle show in Germany will serve as the launch venue for the new Pneuscan Onground system from Ventech Systems. The floor-mounted system can perform automatic tyre pressure and tread inspections on a range of vehicles, including passenger cars, vans, buses and multi-axle trucks. The portability of Pneuscan Onground is expected to be a major selling point for the system.
Firestone’s smartphone tyre-pressure calculator app for farmers across Europe has been downloaded more than 43,000 times since its 2011 launch. The brand states that it expects this enthusiasm to grow even faster with the inclusion of pressure data for the new Firestone Maxi Traction 65 tyre, launched at Reifen 2016. The tyre brings longer tyre life and lower operating costs to the popular 65 series for medium-sized tractors.
Data from the recently concluded Safe Drive Campaign, conducted by Apollo Tyres in two locations in Thailand, revealed that less than 10 per cent vehicles being driven around in the country had incorrect inflation pressure. Of this 10 per cent, most were found driving with under-inflated tyres.
A simple “trick” – or perhaps we should say “cheating” or “fraud” – has been common practice in the European automotive industry, to the displeasure of environmental organisations: Place a car with excessive tyre pressure on a dynamometer and – voilà – lower fuel consumption levels and emissions are recorded thanks to the ‘optimised’ rolling resistance. Mitsubishi has conceded carrying out this practice in Japan with test data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. This time round it doesn’t affect, as in the case of Volkswagen and its ‘cheat’ software, millions of vehicles, rather ‘only’ 625,000 small cars, the majority of these off-take production for Nissan.
Caravan owners can benefit from an online pressure calculator released by UK safety organisation TyreSafe. The web form tool has been developed to ensure correct tyre inflation levels on the country’s half-million strong caravan fleet when they trundle out on their summer journeys.