Slow and continuous loss of tyre pressure is one of the most common causes of tyre punctures in port logistics and other goods handling locations.
The consequences of tyre damage and the resulting vehicle breakdown are enormous: high costs for fleet managers and significant problems in the supply chain are just a few of them.
Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) provides a remedy: the division has unveiled the proven Continental tyre pressure monitoring system ContiPressureCheck for specialty tyres.
The innovative technology is reliable and prolongs the tyre’s useful lifetime. The tyre pressure monitoring system can be mounted on almost all types of industrial vehicles. Another advantage is that the system works with pneumatic tyres from all tyre manufacturers.
"Regular maintenance checks on the tyre pressure are time-consuming and cost-intensive, and therefore often neglected – with serious consequences", says Dr. Michael Maertens, managing director of Continental CST. "With the introduction of ContiPressureCheck for specialty tyres, we offer our customers a cost-effective alternative for measuring the tyre pressure that also increases the efficiency and the safety of vehicle fleets in all industrial sectors.
"The technology is yet another customised solution extending our portfolio that meets the requirements of our customers and reduces costs.”
In contrast to comparable systems, ContiPressureCheck is used inside the tyre. The tyre pressure monitoring system is thus deployed where a lack of inflation pressure has an immense impact. If the inflation pressure decreases, the tyre might be subjected to greater stress as it rolls, causing it to heat up. Heavy loads, as they occur in port logistics, increase the loading quite considerably. This can damage the tyre or, in worst case, lead to a blowout.
ContiPressureCheck uses a sensor inside the tyre to continuously monitor the inflation pressure and tyre temperature to prevent this from happening. The sensors and a communication and processing system are integrated into a module fitted with a rubber container to the inner surface of the tyre. In this way, more accurate results can be achieved than with comparable systems that collect data with sensors outside the tyre.
Here, measuring errors can occur due to heat radiation of the brakes. The data is sent by wireless transmission to the central receiver (central control unit – CCU), which processes the data and sends them directly to the display in the driver’s cab. The difference between the stipulated and actual tyre pressures shows the driver immediately when to restore the correct tyre pressure.
Whether in harbours, at airports or in underground mining, ContiPressureCheck can be retrofitted to different specialised vehicles types and trailers, regardless of the vehicle size, since the sensor and receiver can be positioned flexibly.
Also, vehicles with a high unladen weight, such as heavy forklifts or straddle carriers, can be equipped with the tyre pressure monitoring system from Continental. ContiPressureCheck is quick and easy to install, enabling rapid deployment and short downtimes in daily operation. This is particularly advantageous in harbours, where fast loading times are important.
Due to automatic monitoring of the tyre pressure, the risks of blowout accidents are reduced. This offers more safety for both driver and vehicle. A correct tyre pressure is also important from an economic point of view; it not only leads to lower energy consumption of the vehicles, but to an increased mileage capability.
Fleet operators can significantly reduce their operating costs and increase the efficiency of their fleets by using ContiPressureCheck. At the same time, the environmental impact is downsized, since CO2 emissions are reduced and the life of the tyre is extended.