Vehicle alignment system introduced on Continental tyres 02 July 2012
Continental Tyres has announced new visual alignment indicators (VAI) for long distance tyres – a first for truck tyres in Europe.
The firm expects its innovation to allow operators to recognise incorrect wheel alignment on trucks and trailers without the use of expensive electronic measuring systems.
Excessive positive or negative camber angles or too much toe-in or toe-out can cause tyres to wear unevenly, decreasing tyre life, and can lead to increased fuel consumption, advises Continental commercial marketing manager Tracey Hyem.
The new indicators offer early detection of uneven tyre wear so that a simple visual check can be carried out as part of a routine inspection, she says.
The VAI indicators are pairs of sipes that are 1—4mm deep and positioned on each shoulder of the tyre at five defined measuring points.
"The indicators have been designed to alert customers to the first signs of incorrect wheel alignment, as this increases rolling resistance and causes premature wear and can lead to higher operating costs both in terms of fuel and replacement tyres," states Hyem.
"The simplicity of the VAI also means that no specialist knowledge is necessary, so everyone can benefit," she adds.
The indicators will be included at no extra cost on selected long distance tyres in continental's new 2+ range – initially sizes 315/70 R 22.5 (standard and XL versions) and 355/50 R 22.5 – having been used in the USA for many years.
Continental Tyre Group Ltd
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