• 23-APR-2018

Goodyear launches digital innovations to reduce OTR costs

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Data-based tire management means significant savings thanks to 85% fewer tire-related incidents 

Paris, April 23, 2018 – Responding to the digital transformation in the Off-the-Road (OTR) vehicle and equipment industry, today Goodyear is introducing two new digital innovations to help OTR fleets reduce their total cost of ownership.

Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) Heavy Duty is a data-based solution enabling precise, real-time monitoring of tires that, in combination with Goodyear premium tires and services, will help OTR fleets optimize tire performance, reduce downtime and improve total cost of ownership. Goodyear TPMS Heavy Duty prevents tire-related incidents; resulting in reduced machine down time, less breakdown costs and up to 15% more working hours due to tires having the right pressure at all times.  This means up to 85% fewer tire-related incidents[1].

Goodyear is also launching an enhanced version of its EMTrack OTR tire performance monitoring system. The significantly enhanced EMTrack system enables faster, even more accurate collection of critical tire data like tread depth, inflation levels and other indicators, helping optimize tire service life, as well as assisting with OTR tire forecasting and budgeting.

Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS Heavy Duty offers great potential economic benefits.  As an example, for a wheel loader, annual savings of between 3,000€ and 4,000€ are possible.  This is thanks to no longer having to carry out external tire inflation checks, increased tire life of between 10% and 15% and the elimination of tire failures which typically happen once per year1.

“Recent advances in connectivity give us the ability to help our customers optimize their tires usage and cut their costs.  OTR machines operate in some of the most hostile environments and tires are an essential part of them.  Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS Heavy Duty, for example, can help prevent tire inflation loss which is very common.  A tire that is 50% under-inflated can reduce tire life by 72%,” said David Anckaert, Vice President Goodyear Commercial Tires Europe.  “Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS Heavy Duty provides real-time temperature and pressure monitoring. This information is then used by the Goodyear predictive algorithms to predict tire life. This new solution means peace of mind for our OTR customers and helps ensure a much greater return on investment from tires.”

Goodyear Proactive Solutions

Following the launch of Goodyear Proactive Solutions for truck fleets in 2016, Goodyear is extending its digital operations management system to Off-the-Road vehicles.

From racing and airplanes to lunar vehicles, in a history spanning 120 years, Goodyear has consistently enabled new forms of emerging mobility. Goodyear Proactive Solutions fits perfectly in this tradition of innovation.

Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS Heavy Duty features advanced telematics and patented predictive analytics technology, able to monitor tire pressure and temperature and to notify operators on potential issues before they happen. This enables immediate action to be taken to avoid damage and downtime.  Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors mounted inside the tires constantly monitor tire pressure and temperature, and transmit this information via on-board telematics to a Goodyear server.  Here the data is analyzed and operators notified of potential issues before they happen.  The data is further provided to predict tire life and plan maintenance.

Estimated savings of over 71,000€ illustrate the benefits of a five-year Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS Heavy Duty contract covering four wheel loaders operated by Dutch company ESD-SIC. The savings comprise; 1,100€/year from eliminating bi-monthly inflation checks, 9,700€/year by eliminating tire failures (historically one failure per year) and 17,600€ thanks to increased tire life of between 10% and 15%[2].

A further benefit of Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS Heavy Duty is Track & Trace. This is a built-in GPS function allowing fleet managers to locate machines as well as to prevent unauthorized movement or theft.

Maintaining correct tire inflation is essential to ensure optimal vehicle performance.  Incorrect tire pressure shortens tire life, causes failures, affects the stability of machines and wastes fuel. The sooner a potential issue is identified, the less risk there is of an expensive unplanned intervention or breakdown, avoiding unnecessary down-time and expensive long-term damage.

The benefits of Goodyear Proactive Solutions are increased tire operating hours, better tire durability, maintained optimal performance levels and reduced tire maintenance costs, in addition to better retreadability.  This is thanks to targeted maintenance reports that are generated allowing maintenance to be carried out only on those tires that really need it – saving time and cost.

Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS Heavy Duty has already been successfully deployed in various applications such as dump trucks, wheel loaders and mobile cranes.

Goodyear Proactive Solutions is now available in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Goodyear EMTrack

To enrich its value proposition to OTR fleets, including construction operations, Goodyear is also introducing the latest enhanced version of its EMTrack OTR tire performance monitoring system. This newly enhanced OTR tire management tool enables faster, even more accurate collection of critical tire data like tread depth, inflation levels and other indicators, helping optimize tire service life, as well as assisting forecasting and budgeting. 

EMTrack is available for construction, mining, quarry and port operations, worldwide.


HOW THEY WORK

Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS Heavy Duty - How it works

TPMS sensors, which measure both tire pressure and temperature, are fitted to each tire. Signals from each of these sensors are received by an on-board router, which continuously sends this information to the Goodyear server via the mobile network.  This data is then analyzed using Goodyear algorithms featuring G-Predict technology developed by a team of Goodyear experts.  The server sends daily reports by email to the fleet manager.

In the event of a potential issue, alerts are sent from the server to the fleet manager via email and/or by an app in real time using a graphic showing which tire is affected and how serious the problem is. 

Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS sensors can be transferred to other tires if replacements are fitted.

The on-board router in the system has a built-in GPS Track & Trace function.  This function can identify a machine so it can be pin-pointed on a site or located if stolen.

Later this year Goodyear will launch an additional app for drivers, so that they will also be informed of any issue in real time.

Goodyear EMTrack - How it works

The newly enhanced EMTrack OTR tire performance monitoring system includes a new, hand-held scanning tool that enables Goodyear tire technicians to measure inflation and tread depth faster and more accurately.  Captured data automatically uploads securely via Bluetooth to a password-protected cloud for secure data storage. Using the new Goodyear EMTrack App, end users can download easy-to-read, customizable, real-time reports that show tire performance.  Tires can be tracked if currently in service, in inventory or have been removed from service. EMTrack also can help predict tire longevity in terms of hours, cost and wear, which helps enable more accurate forecasting and budgeting.


Goodyear OTR Tires

Goodyear produces a very comprehensive range of Off-the-Road tires covering all applications in construction, mining, underground mining and quarrying as well as for port handling equipment and other industrial uses.  These tires are supported by a network of fully trained professional service providers offering a wide range of innovative services and management tools.


INTERMAT

The new innovations are being launched at Intermat 2018, which is being held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center from April 23 to 28, 2018.  On the Goodyear stand 5A F 045 displays will highlight the news using hi-tech electronic screens featuring virtual reality and holograms.  As well as highlighting Proactive Solutions TPMS Heavy Duty and EMTrack IV, three of Goodyear’s wide range of OTR tires will be featured.

The tires featured include the TL-4A and RM-4B+. The TL-4A tire in size 33.25R29 was developed specifically for the new Volvo A60H 60-ton class articulated dump truck, which meets the growing demand for higher capacity vehicles.  The RM-4B+ OTR tire range is for rigid dump trucks operating in severe conditions, offering a high level of wear performance and improved treadwear. 

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.

For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate

[1] Benefits verified through a real-condition test conducted by Goodyear since June 2016. Benefits can be achieved by consistently following up on pressure and temperature alerts and reports. Actual results may vary depending on utilization conditions of the tires, how often the tires are replaced, driving conditions and proper tire maintenance. Find out more at proactive.goodyear.com.

[2] See footnote number 1.