BKT focus on OTR and port applications


BKT Tires recently developed SPOTECH, an innovative device that can provide exact information on the equipment position by satellite

It can be programmed and tailored as to the application site volumes and type of equipment in use, all designed to maximise tyre wear.

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The system comprises a triaxial accelerometer positioned on the equipment to record latitudinal, longitudinal, and vertical movements

The system comprises a triaxial accelerometer positioned on the equipment to record latitudinal, longitudinal, and vertical tyre movements as well as the forces involved in addition to speed, cycle duration, and other useful parameters.

By means of monitoring systems, the BKT technical team processes detailed usage data from equipment and tyre customers in OTR and port environments. The objective is to improve both run and application performance and to increase the output.

All information obtained by SPOTECH enable the creation of a real study on tyre usage according to their effects and impacts on the piece of equipment it’s fitted on. In the field of OTR, equipment generally performs repeated cycles.

This enables to assess the TKPH (tonne-kilometres per hour) value, i.e. a dumper’s strength by analysing the weight that’s transported on the average and the distance in kilometres per hour.

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Piero Torassa, BKT field engineering manager

Basically, a higher TKPH index means that a tyre is not suitable for the application in use, whereas it’s perfect if the result is lower. BKT experts can assist users by offering suggestions in order to correctly interpret the data and to intervene, if necessary, with corrective actions on the tyres.

However, at a port yard, you never have repeated cycles. The GoPro cam installed on the equipment comes handy in such cases that register videos from the operator’s perspective.

"In Germany, we have cooperated with some users, who have explicitly requested our analyses, since other companies offering this type of service in the end did not provide that kind of feedback customers really needed," Piero Torassa, BKT field engineering manager says. "The user is definitely interested in having such data at hand in order to objectively understand, which might be their improvement areas."

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