Logistics and sourcing has had a vital role in business during the last few decades. Optimal planning and sourcing strategies has become an important weapon for competitive advantage between companies. We still have a lot of products coming out of Asia and especially being shipped from China to both Europe and North America. This means that goods need to be moved quickly and in a cost effective way both via ships through containers and then via roads by attaching the containers to semi-trailer trucks for land transportations through our road networks to logistic terminals. Where they goods can be re-distributed to smaller shipments for direct deliveries to its final destination.
There are a lot of touch points with vehicles that require
high performance tires. It basically starts with the trucks picking up products
from a factory or a logistic terminal and delivering it to a harbor port for
being loaded on a container ship across the ocean for it to later arrive again
to a port, being unloaded and put again on a semi-trailer truck for a further
land based journey to a logistic hub closer to its final destination. Most of
the tire interaction will be on the semi-trailer trucks, where the truck tires
will have to be of premium heavy truck tires, that have low
wear, long operating life and low rolling resistance. The tires will be so
called haul tires that have the perfect properties for continuous driving
across the nations and still be able to handle the heavy loads.
The ports will also need to have a lot of equipment that
will need tires to ensure an agile operation. You will have RTG-cranes and
terminal tractors, for getting the containers organized once they have been
taken off the ships. RTG-tires and terminal tractor tires both have to
be able to handle the very high loads as well as being able to maneuver in
tight areas. This means that the tires have to have low resistance for turning
and still be very precise and exhibit good control. Durability is key as tire
failures especially for the RTG-cranes can be costly and cause big delays.
Tires might be costly, but tire failures outweigh any costs and should be
avoided at almost any costs, by investing in the best tires initially and
undertake proper tire maintenance.
Within the big shipping and container terminals you tend to have a combination of tracked cranes as well as rubber tired gantry cranes and straddle carriers. You also have in addition to all the trucks and trailers, a lot of terminal tractors and loaders and stackers. Most of the machines need to be able to carry very heavy loads and need precise driving response. For the truck and trailer tires, these tend to be haul tires and are low wear tires that you get you through the long distances without problems.
When carrying heavy loads, tire failures could cause major problems and damages, that is why it is important to select tires that can handle heavy loads and still have high wear resistance. Despite quite similar looking equipment they might still need very different tires and properties. A telescopic loader will have very different tires than a reach stacker, so the tire selection process is critical. You might first wan to assess the technical tire manual to ensure that you find the correct RTG tires and the correct terminal tractor tires.
In the technical tire manual you can find all the necessary
information regarding all the tires for materials handling, so that you can
make sure that you find right tire for the right equipment and the right use
case. Since tire selection is so important to ensure that you eliminate
problems and get the necessary properties that you will need. For ensuring that
the terminals reach their targets of reduced operational productivity and
reduced delays, tire related problems should be avoided through proper tire
Tire maintenance that thoroughly checks the tires and plans
for their replacement as they wear out and check for cracks or cuts. The more
that you can detect during the scheduled maintenance and thus avoid having to
do unscheduled maintenance, the more time and money you will save in your
operations. Having to deal with problems that can also cause costly delays.
Goods often need to be delivered within short timelines and from the ports or
terminals they often still have a long way to travel, so the faster they can be
loaded on the right trucks for further delivery, the better it is. So as
mentioned already, use the tire manual to check for the optimal tires so that
you can operate smoothly.