Business, Equipment, Safety

Yokohama, Continental Suspend Production of New Tires

A Yokohama tire warehouse A Yokohama tire warehouse. The shutdown is scheduled to last two weeks. (Yokohama Tire Corp.)

Two more manufacturers have idled production of new tires amid the nationwide economic slowdown brought on by the coronavirus.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
March 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

How Smart Tire Technology Is Changing Fleet Management

SMAR-te Tire Pilot SAF-Holland has introduced SMAR-te Tire Pilot, which automatically adjusts tire pressure based on the trailer axle load. (SAF-Holland)

Bob Herr can’t do it alone. Neither can the 85 drivers and the 90-vehicle fleet he manages at food service distributor Feesers Inc. For Herr and other fleet managers, intelligent tires are helping to prevent those costly and time-consuming tire failures.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Snider Offers Drive-Over Tire Diagnostic System

The WheelRight system The WheelRight system measures tire pressure, tread depth, sidewall damage, vehicle weight and tire temperature. (Nancy Donahue/Red Letter Marketing)

Snider Fleet Solutions announced it made a “significant ownership investment” in WheelRight Ltd., a U.K.-based technology company focused on tire diagnostics and maintenance.

February 7, 2020
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 | Senior 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 | Special to Transport Topics
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