Mitas begins field tests of its PneuTrac concept for 2017 launch

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Development of the Mitas PneuTrac concept has reached a new milestone as the tire maker begins field tests. These have shown the clear advantages of its larger footprint and better traction force over standard and also IF agricultural tires. Thanks to positive progress in testing, Mitas has outlined its goals for further development of PneuTrac. The aim is to measure and compare characteristics of the PneuTrac and rubber tracks during 2016 to clearly position it among tire and track solutions offered on the market. Mitas aims to have all data needed for a successful market launch available by the end of 2017.

Mitas is conducting field tests in the Czech Republic with a John Deere 6150R tractor mounted with a 480/65 R28 PneuTrac on the front axle and a 600/65 R38 PneuTrac on the rear. The results show the traction force of the 600/65 R38 PneuTrac is approximately 25% higher than a standard tire and, compared with an IF-rated tire, PneuTrac delivers approximately 15% better traction. The 480/65 R28 PneuTrac has around a 10% advantage in traction force over a standard tire and approximately 7% over the IF tire.

Slippage and traction force were measured under several modes of driving, and the result is the evaluation of traction force under the slippage that normally occurs during regular farm work (about 15%). The results are based on measurements conducted on July 22, 2015. Measurements were done by the Research Institute of Agricultural Engineering, p.r.i.

October 15, 2015

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