Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Hankook Tire Looks to AI to Improve Production

Hankook tires on truck Generally, it takes six months to three years to develop a new tire compound, but this period is expected to be reduced by 50% if artificial intelligence is used, according to Hankook. (Hanook Tire)

Hankook Tire, whose commercial products are on U.S. fleets, announced the predictive model it is developing using artificial intelligence could slash in half the time it takes to develop tire compounds.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

P.S.I. Extends Warranty in Combination With SKF

Pressure Systems International announced it extended the parts coverage warranty on its automatic tire inflation system by two years when the system is used in combination with SKF’s Trouble-Free Operation system.

December 2, 2019
Business, Equipment

With Eye on Future, Continental Opens Mississippi Tire Plant

Continental tire plant Continental's new tire plant in Clinton, Miss. (Continental)

German tire manufacturer Continental AG celebrated the grand opening of its first plant dedicated to truck tires, the company said in an Oct. 16 news release.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
October 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Must Choose Tire Inflation, Monitoring Systems That Work Best for Their Operations, Industry Representatives Say

Hendrickson tire inflator A view of the Hendrickson tire inflator at the 2017 North American Vehicle Show in Atlanta on Sept. 26, 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Blown-out, flat or damaged tires are considered by fleets to be at least a leading cause of roadside maintenance calls for commercial trucks, while underinflated tires are the single-biggest source of tire issues in general.

June 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Conduct Real-Life Tests Before Committing to New Tires

Dart Transit truck Dart Transit makes it a point to test tires before buying, a company representative says. (David B./Flickr)

Improvements to truck tire technology in recent years have created a collection of products that man­ufacturers often tout as their most ­advanced, longest-wearing and most fuel-efficient tires ever. But many motor carriers choose to analyze those factory-­tested claims in their own real-life settings before committing to adding the products to their entire fleet.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
April 26, 2019
Business, Equipment

Goodyear Says Range of New Steer Tire Endurance LHS Is Up 25% Over Previous Model

The actual Goodyear Endurance LHS that ran 212,490 miles (left) is shown with a new Endurance LHS. The actual Goodyear Endurance LHS that ran 212,490 miles (left) is shown with a new Endurance LHS. (Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. said its recently introduced steer tire addresses concerns fleets expressed with an earlier model designed for the same application.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 30, 2019

American Tire Files for Bankruptcy to Cut Debt by $1.1 Billion

Tire Chart

American Tire Distributors Inc., buffeted by the defection of two big manufacturers, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware after reaching a deal with most of its bondholders to reduce its debt by about $1.1 billion.

October 4, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

Tire Safety Starts With the Pre-Trip Inspection

An officer performs a roadside inspection An officer performs a roadside inspection. (DOT Readiness Group)

Ensuring that thorough tire inspections are part of every pre-trip checklist can extend tire life and help ensure that truck drivers make it to their destinations safely, tire experts said.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
August 8, 2018
Business, Equipment

The Low-Rolling-Resistance Trade-Off

Worker with depth gauge As a fuel-efficient tread wears down, the benefit comes from the casing, which must be properly utilized, industry experts say. (Ryder)

The technology behind low-rolling-resistance tires is based on the benefit of reducing the resistance that’s caused by tires rolling on the surface of a roadway. Reducing this resistance means that the truck requires less energy and fuel, and as a result, runs more efficiently, industry experts said.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
July 20, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

British Columbia Truckers Gain Expanded Use of Wide-Base Single Tires

A technician inspects a wide-base tire. A technician installs a wide-base tire. (TT File Photo)

British Columbia has amended its regulations to allow fleets to use certain wide-base single tires with heavier axle loads, which furthers tire-harmonization efforts across Canada and revises a long-standing provincial policy that restricted the tire’s use.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 10, 2018