Tyres & Tracks
App calculates correct tyre pressure Mitas, part of the Trelleborg Group, is introducing a mobile tyre pressure app for Android and iOS devices and Windows phones. The new app allows farmers to easily find the correct pressure for their tyres to achieve the best results in the field and on the road. Operators merely select the tyre sizes they’re using, the set-up speed and cargo weight and the appropriate tyre pressure immediately displays on the screen of their device. Mitas agricultural tyres product manager Pavel Kott says: “Mitas is aware of the importance of the correct tyre pressure settings for agricultural work. “Tyres with the right pressure not only cause less damage to the soil through compaction, but also provide better traction, lower slippage and positively influence fuel consumption.” The user-friendly interface of the Mitas tyre pressure app allows farmers to quickly choose their tyres from a list of available Mitas tyre services and tread patterns. Full text search by parameters is also an option. The speed and the cargo weight
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The tyre pressure app from Mitas.
(load per tyre) can be set in metric or imperial units. The resulting tyre pressure recommendation is presented in bar or psi. “Correct tyre pressure is a key factor that influences the productivity of agricultural work and I believe this new mobile app brings added value to our customers,” says Pavel. The Mitas application can be downloaded from www.mitas-info. com. ■
Modern options help tyre ﬁrm respond Agricultural tyres continue to develop, becoming wider, taller and capable of carrying greater loads at higher speeds. Meanwhile technical advances in sidewall deflection help them cope with the demands of supporting modern machinery. Those are the observations made by tyre and wheel specialist Fieldens (Wheels, Tyres & ATVs), which has been advising and dealing in specialist tyre and wheel assemblies since the 1980s. The company finds that it is permanently under pressure to find practical solutions to the many different demands of tractor and machinery manufacturers and users. However, the variety of brands now available is increasing, tread designs are far more specific to application and VF/IF tyres are now at the forefront of tyre technology. Wheel manufacturers such as GKN Wheels Nagbøl are also developing new component designs to increase rim strength, such as the new Profigrip rim for zero tyre slippage. Even pressed centres are thinner and moulded to fit neatly over hubs, creating more efficient, stronger wheels. Routinely Fieldens receives many requests from manufacturers,
dealers and users who need wider or narrower non-standard tyres for their machinery. Each job has to be considered carefully, as it’s not always possible just to fit on the widest, tallest tyre, the company points out. Issues such as inter-axle ratio and, increasingly, available space have to be considered. One modern conversion is the New Holland T7070 fitted with 900/50R42 with 710/55R30 MachXbib Michelins. This is a very popular wide conversion for mid- to large-frame tractors, says Fieldens. The 42in is needed to fit over the tractor’s large air tanks. Another conversion of note is a set of 710/7R38 IF AxioBibs fitted to a Claas Xerion 5000. These tyres can cope with the combination of heavy loads at higher speeds and, where necessary, the narrow lanes of south-west England. ■
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The T7070 with tyres fitted by Fieldens.
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