Continental is presenting new hybrid tyres at this year’s Agritechnica – the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery that is taking place in Hanover, Germany.
The new tyres incorporate pressure sensors to help the operator minimise soil compaction in the field and reduce wear on the road.
The Continental VF TractorMaster Hybrid tyres are designed to give operators the technology to efficiently adjust the pressure to correspond with the task. The very high flexion (VF) tyres feature a new hybrid tread pattern designed to offer traction in the field and be more comfortable on the road.
Continental says the structure of the VF TractorMaster Hybrid tyre carcass is more resistant than standard tyres so it can operate at lower pressures in the field and at higher speeds on the road, while carrying the same load. The hybrid tyre, coupled with integrated tyre sensors, is capable of being quickly inflated for road use and deflated for field use. When fitted to tractors with onboard air compressors the pressure of the tyre can be monitored and adjusted by the operator without needing to leave the cab.
The tyres can be used in combination with systems such as ContiConnect and ContiPressureCheck.
Continental’s ContiConnect system includes sensors, a yard reader station, back-end management as well as a web portal and notification service. With ContiConnect, the data gathered by the tyre sensors are collected by a yard reader station as the vehicle passes by a receiver in the yard and sends the data on where it is analysed and interpreted. The yard reader station is installed at the fleet´s frequent touch points, like washing bays, gas stations, the farm or other check points. By providing this information the fleet benefits from a reduced number of breakdowns, lowers maintenance costs, and generates value by increasing the vehicle’s up-time.
ContiPressureCheck operates on individual vehicles to provide the operator with real-time tyre data. Together the technology offers a comprehensive insight into how agricultural machinery tyres are performing. The sensor in the tyre measures and communicates the pressure and the tyre temperature to help the operator decide on the optimum running pressure.