Magog, November 10, 2016 – Camso brings to market a new way to ensure the lowest operating cost solution of a tire by providing a tool to understand forklift intensity usage.
“Forklift applications have expanded over the years to the point where selecting the right tires for a job has become increasingly difficult. Machines are more compact, run faster and carry heavier loads,” says Erick Bellefleur, Product Line Director Material Handling at Camso. “These factors must be considered as they greatly affect the capacity of a tire to perform in any given application,” continues Bellefleur.
With a unique focus towards understanding specific applications in off-the-road mobility, Camso believes selecting tires for forklifts are unlike buying tires for any other equipment. Most off-the-road tires are purchased based on factors such as traction, surface condition and resistance to punctures. For forklifts however, the most significant factor in the life and performance of a tire is directly related to the intensity usage of the tire in a given customer application.
Calculating intensity usage
Intensity usage is a measure that takes several operational factors of a forklift into account at once. To help buyers determine the intensity of their forklifts usage, Camso has developed a simple online tool, available at http://maximumlifespan.camso.co/ to outline an application and quantify how hard the tire will work.
After profiling hundreds of applications and extensive testing Camso engineers have developed a predictive model to foresee the resistance of a tire in any given application requirement. In a few short steps, fleet managers can input criteria such as forklift capacity, forklift usage and covered distance. From this, the tool determines an intensity score and recommends the best tire tire that meets the customer’s requirement.
Camso recently launched a new Solideal RES series including three models, the Solideal RES 330, the Solideal RES 550 Magnum Series and the Solideal RES 660 Xtreme Series, which are optimized for low, medium and high intensity applications respectively.
Reducing cost through tire selection
The industry perspective towards tire choice follows a good, better, best rationale linked to gradually improving tire life. This can be misleading and implies that tires running in low intensity applications don’t need to be long lasting and that only high-performance tires can deliver maximum life. Camso believes that vehicles running low intensity applications should be equipped with tires engineered for that environment. Tires need to offer maximum lifespan at all levels of intensity. “We often see examples of customers which buy tires over-designed for their needs and who are eventually disappointed with the outcome. [Office2] The thing is, they don’t necessarily need a premium tire on a vehicle that’s running one shift a day, carries less than a 1000lbs and moves short distances. The key is to measure the intensity usage and match it with the right tire,” explains Bellefleur. “With the new Intensity Usage Calculator, fleet owners can now make a more informed choice and be confident they are making the right decision to lower their operating costs by first understanding the requirements of their application and then purchasing their tires accordingly.”
Feels like the new cost paragraph doesn’t speak of cost anymore nor does it connects with the tool… We would go with the following modifications, keeping the cost message but toning it down a little bit so we don’t look like cheap / cutting the costs of manufacturing tires
About Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal
Camso, the Road Free company, is a world leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of off-road tires, wheels, rubber tracks and undercarriage systems to serve the material handling, construction, agricultural and powersports industries. It employs more than 7,500 dedicated employees that place 100% of their effort on 11% of the global tire and track market—the off-the-road market. It operates advanced R&D centres and manufacturing plants in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Camso supplies its products to leading original equipment manufacturers (OEM) under the names Camso and Solideal and distributes its products in the replacement market through its global distribution network.