RVL and Michelin launch new tyre management system
If a tyre bursts on a huge earth-moving truck inside a mine, that's a costly scenario. For a start, the tyre can cost up to $30k. Then there's the 8 hours it can take to change one, at a lost production cost valued by Michelin at around $170k.
For the last 15 years, RVL has been working with Michelin to design and update the MEMS® connected tyre-management system. The MEMS® 4 version, which has just been launched, adds real-time GPS and accelerometer data to create a complete monitoring and reporting system. Using a hand-held PDA, the driver or manager can monitor, in real time, the data transmitted from an electronic device strapped to the tyre. This eliminates the need for on-site tyre pressure checks, saving valuable time, but also increasing the life of the tyre and ultimately boosting the mine's efficiency and productivity.