Continental revealed that its newest technological innovation, ContiLogger, is set to arrive in the Middle East in the second half of this year. Targeting Off-The-Road tyre (OTR) customers, Continental’s new consultancy concept offers cost-effective analysis of cycle downtime, distance, speed, lateral forces, cornering and road grade, enabling optimised route management and perfectly coordinated tyre use.
Making its world premiere at the construction machinery trade fair – BAUMA 2019 (8 – 14 April), ContiLogger combines tyres, hardware, software, data and manpower into an individual consulting service approach.
Using a range of components including GPS, the new system captures data such as tyre pressure, tyre temperature and vehicle and topographic data in real-life applications and transmits it to Continental experts for analysis. With the aid of the GPS-generated data, Continental field engineers will be able to identify whether a tyre is being overloaded or underused and thus extend tyre lifetime and adapt operational processes so that overall productivity is increased.
“This is a holistic concept because it involves evaluating the application as a whole. We see this as extremely important in the OTR earthmoving business, where conditions are exceptionally harsh and the high cost of replacing tyres means that proper tyre servicing and consulting are essential,” says Enno Straten, Head of Continental Commercial Specialty Tyres (CST).
When using the ContiLogger service concept, a Continental customer solution engineer will first conduct a field study to understand the working environment in which the tyres will operate. They will also use a data logger to measure speed, distance, location, lateral forces, elevation change, road grade, cycle downtime and the pressure and temperature of the tyres. By analysing this on-site data, the engineer can identify data-driven observations. After revising and analysing the data, the engineer will make recommendations regarding significant tyre challenges and possible application improvements aimed at optimising tyre and equipment life and improving operational processes.
Continental is also in the process of refining and enhancing the ContiLogger service concept. In close cooperation with customers, the company is working on a complementary remote version of the ContiLogger, which will see the concept shift from a single/one-time solution to a remote service and consultancy solution.