20 May 2014

Michelin Tyre boosts Port productivity

Michelin has revealed details of their new X-Straddle 2 - an innovative new tyre developed exclusively for straddle carriers that could increase marine terminal productivity by more than 30 percent.

Designed with protective belts on the sidewalls that make it more resistant to punctures and shearing and a narrower groove pattern that reduces the risk of objects lodging in the tread, the company say the X-Straddle 2 is safer and more robust than the tyre it replaces.

In operational terms, it delivers improved productivity, thanks to a 17 percent increase in top speed (up from 30 to 35 km/h), a 25 percent increase in per-hour distance (up from 12 to 15 km/h) and a 7 percent higher load carrying capacity (from 14 to 15 tonnes per tyre).

Other improvements can be seen in grip, handling and stability and in a 15 percent increase in its useful life, thanks to its innovative new dual-compound tread with grooves that help guard against heat build-up.

A wear indicator visible on the shoulders, greater operator comfort due to reduced vibrations and easier fitting during tyre maintenance and change operations are amongst its other features.