Following years of extensive research, stringent testing and multiple award wins, Trelleborg applies its innovative ProgressiveTraction™ technology to a new /70 series of radial tires to meet the renewed focus of tractor manufacturers on the performance of middle range tractors and lower overall farming costs.
Trelleborg will launch the first size 520/70R38 in the new TM700 ProgressiveTraction™ line at SIMA 2015, to be held in Paris, France, from 22 to 26 February. Engineered according to the company’s BlueTire™ technology, the TM700 ProgressiveTraction™ is the latest addition to Trelleborg’s comprehensive range of radial tires that optimize the efficiency of farming operations thanks to excellent traction, superior self-cleaning and extra mileage.
The new TM700 ProgressiveTraction™ tread is significantly enlarged ensuring an up to 18% wider footprint, excellent floatation performance, unrivalled traction and fuel efficiency. This results in maximum crop yields, while preserving soil from compaction and erosion.
Extra performance and fuel efficiency
Piero Mancinelli, R&D Director, Agricultural and Forestry Tires at Trelleborg Wheel Systems commented: “Leading tractor manufacturers are increasingly shifting their focus to middle range tractors, between 100 and 240 Hp. These new machines demand extra performance in terms of traction and fuel efficiency of its tires. The new TM700 ProgressiveTraction™ provides exactly that. Today, the new generation of Trelleborg tires offers superior grip, traction, floatation and fuel consumption to perform at extremely low pressures in fields and on the road.
“Applying our BlueTire™ Technology to the new TM700 ProgressiveTraction™ tire has meant that we have once again raised the bar when it comes to enhancing the efficiency and productivity of today’s and tomorrow’s farming, while increasing the environmental performance of the tractor. And in SIMA 2015, we have the ideal platform to showcase the potential of the innovative TM700 ProgressiveTraction™ range.”
BlueTire™ technology provides up to a 6% reduction in CO2 emissions, when compared to standard tires. As an example, one year of BlueTire™ production led to an emission reduction of 13,700 tons of CO2, the equivalent to about 2,884 personal vehicles in the course of a year.
During field operations, the higher grip of the TM700 ProgressiveTraction™ is driven by the dual edges of the lug that act as two anchor points. This new design significantly reduces tire slippage, increasing traction capability by up to 17% higher than the market average. The economic benefits result in significant savings for farming professionals of as much as €350 when farming an area of 300 hectares.
The sharp profile of the double lug also provides increased mud ejection, maximizing the self-cleaning capability of the tire over its life and increasing the efficiency of the lug. In addition, while a standard tire’s lug typically acts as a ‘brush’ which accelerates the wear of the tire’s tread, the wider base of the TM700 ProgressiveTractionTM offers premium resistance to lug vibrations. This significantly reduces wasted energy, which results in lower fuel consumption of as much as 10% and in a life up to 500 hours longer than the market average. Overall, over the course of 1,000 hours of use on the road, farming professionals can make an additional saving of €1,730.
The first fitment available on the market in the new TM700 ProgressiveTractionTM range will be 520/70R38 and 420/70R28. During the year, the line will be extended with the most popular sizes in the /70 series.
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