TerminalMaster V.ply: Continental Renames Port Tyres

Continental is changing the name of the StraddleMaster+ port tyre to TerminalMaster V.ply. The decision is accompanied by a significant expansion of the tyre’s application recommendations: Up to now, the tyre was primarily designed for the use on straddle carriers in the port. Having undertaken intensive testing in the laboratory and real-life use at customer’s premises, the tyre has also been recommended for use at airports and for heavy-duty transport in the industrial sector. With the TerminalMaster V.ply, all areas of application are now united under the new name.

TerminalMaster V.ply: Extensive portfolio for special requirements

Whether in harbours, airports or in the industrial sector: the requirements for vehicle tyres are diverse. Speed, distance, load, temperature, ground conditions and many other factors characterise their applications and challenges. AGVs, aircraft tractors and side loaders often must drive short distances at low speed. They are therefore exposed to heavy loads when turning frequently on the spot. The TerminalMaster V.ply is designed to provide good traction, even in the case of emergency braking. In addition, the tyre is characterised by reinforced sidewalls and the resulting durability, which results in lower operating costs due to less downtime. The closed shoulder ensures precise track holding on almost any surface and in all weather conditions. The innovative tread design and the resulting low vibration makes TerminalMaster V.ply particularly suitable for driverless vehicles – it offers low rolling resistance, enables precise steering and has a long service life thanks to the V.ply technology.

Stability thanks to V.ply technology

While cross-ply tyres are known for their damping properties and radial tyres for good high-speed capability, V.ply technology combines the advantages of both technologies by integrating a weave pattern of different cords at specific angles. The carcass of a V.ply tyre consists of up to 20 layers of diagonal fibres embedded in three wire cores. Since steel cord does not allow an optimal bond between carcass and rubber shell, V.ply technology uses a high-strength polymer. Unlike conventional cross-ply tyres, the crossing textile layers of a V.ply tyre are arranged at an angle of about 30 degrees. Together with the sidewall layers, this provides increased tyre stiffness and enables a higher level of stability and durability during sudden movements.

The increased resistance to damage, for example impact against immovable objects such as curbs or containers, has a positive effect on the life of the tyres. V.ply tyres therefore offer the best performance for short distances and low speeds under heavy loads.