Continental announced it is changing the name of the StraddleMaster+ port tire to TerminalMaster V.ply. The decision is accompanied by a significant expansion of the tire’s application recommendations.
Until now, the tire was primarily designed for the use on straddle carriers in the port. In intensive tests in the laboratory and in real-life use at customer premises, the tire has reportedly been recommended for use at airports and for heavy-duty transport in the industrial sector.
The TerminalMaster V.ply is reportedly designed to provide good traction, even in case of emergency braking. In addition, the tire is characterized by reinforced sidewalls and durability, which could result in lower operating costs due to less downtime. The closed shoulder could ensure precise track holding on almost any surface and in all weather conditions.
The innovative tread design and the resulting low vibration reportedly makes TerminalMaster V.ply particularly suitable for driverless vehicles – it offers low rolling resistance, enables precise steering and has a long service life thanks to the V.ply technology.
While cross-ply tires are known for their damping properties and radial tires for good high-speed capability, V.ply technology combines the advantages of both technologies by integrating a weave pattern of different cords at specific angles.
The carcass of a V.ply tire consists of up to 20 layers of diagonal fibers embedded in three wire cores. Since steel cord does not allow an optimal bond between carcass and rubber shell, V.ply technology uses a high-strength polymer. Unlike conventional cross-ply tires, the crossing textile layers of a V.ply tire are arranged at an angle of about 30 degrees. Together with the sidewall layers, this could provide increased tire stiffness and enable a higher level of stability and durability during sudden movements.
V.ply tires offer the best performance for short distances and low speeds under heavy loads.
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