Continental Launches New Underground Mining Tires at MINExpo Show
The new tires, Continental UndergroundMaster, DrillMaster, DumperMaster, and ScoopMaster, are the latest addition to Continental’s portfolio of specialty tires. “The tires were specifically designed for the extreme conditions our customers are facing in the underground mining sector,” said Christian Luther, Product Line Manager Earthmover tires at Continental.
With the introduction of the new mining tires, Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) follows the customized solution approach. This means, every tire line was developed for an individual vehicle type and therefore takes into consideration the requirements of each machine. That’s why Continental chooses different tire construction types to address the specific demands of the applications. Some products are coming with the proven V.ply design with high carcass strength and robustness, while other tires offer a full steel radial construction that delivers outstanding load capability even on longer transport distances in underground mines.
“The new tires perfectly fit our expansion strategy for the future, as we will continue to expand and optimize our product and service portfolio for the mining industry in the upcoming years,” said Luther. Continental underlines its strategy to be a solutions provider by demonstrating the ContiPressureCheck™ system as well as the upcoming technology around ContiFlexBox, which enhances efficiency in customer operations.
Continental UndergroundMaster for Shuttle Cars and Face Haulers
The Continental UndergroundMaster is designed for vehicles used in room-and-pillar applications such as shuttle cars, scoops and face haulers for extracting and transporting minerals. These vehicles are mainly used in soft rock applications where loose underfoot conditions require tires with outstanding traction and durability. Continental’s unique V.ply technology offers extremely high carcass strength. The reverse outer block direction of the tire pattern improves lateral stability and driving accuracy, ensuring safe cornering even on loose soil.
Continental DrillMaster for Drill Rigs, Scalers and Bolters
With its V.ply construction, the Continental DrillMaster is ideal for drill rigs, scalers, bolters and other service vehicles demanding a highly cut-resistant carcass to protect the tire from freshly blasted rocks. High cut resistance, good traction, and stability are essential for tires used in such applications. The tire carcass of the Continental DrillMaster is designed to stand heavy loads, while the zigzag tread design offers a maximum amount of gripping edges in all directions to manage steep inclines and tight cornering safely.
Continental DumperMaster for Mining Trucks