With the construction industry moving more and more towards sustainable practices, Camso is paying heed to how tyres will play a part in the industry's growth while also being a game-changer for current trends in the industry.
Sustainability to Improve as World Moves Towards More Circular Economy
Camso sees tyre production needing to adapt and become more sustainable as each country starts to put into action legislation to reduce its environmental impact. The easiest way for tyres to become more sustainable is for manufacturers to choose sustainable raw materials - especially natural rubber. These compounds will be designed to be easily recycled or reuseable, therefore making for a completely circular economy.
Retreads will, without doubt, become more preferential as fleets will pick up on both the cost-saving and sustainable benefits that retreads yield. While tyre production will continue to create tyres with a longer life, a circular economy revolves around a reusable casing.
Retreading, therefore, will be one of the core aspects of the construction industry adapting to more sustainable practices.
Connected Tyres: a Step Towards Better Management for Fleets
Camso has also been analysing the rise of connected tyres, a growing topic in the construction industry. As Camso points out, a fully connected tyre helps construction fleet operators adapt their machines and tyre performance based on data sent in real-time to the fleet's HQ. As seen with TPMS’s, fleets are relying more and more on the need to be constantly aware of tyre pressures in order to avoid blowouts on the road. With connected tyres, fleets will have the available tools to avoid costly and unpredictable downtime. Likewise, they'll be able to closely inspect the tyre's lifecycle instead of merely predicting or factoring in a vague estimate of when to change tyres.
As the market becomes more data-oriented, Camso indicates that concepts such as AI will become ever more aligned to connected tyres. With the correct software in place, the tyre will perform automated tasks, helping simplify tough jobs whilst maximising efficiency.
Fleets will be able to improve their tyre selection ensuring that they choose the right tyre for the right job - through knowing in advance the tyre maintenance needed through the connected tyre data.
The knowledge of customer usage, therefore, will directly translate into straightforward tyre solutions within the construction industry. Tyres will enhance day-to-day tasks while reducing unnecessary energy exertion, improve the tyre’s characteristics and will, later on, be able to be reused as part of a company's commitment towards a circular economy.
Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs) Tyres to Become More Stable, as Industry Moves Towards Robotisation
Camso predicts that AGVs will become more popular as there will be fewer skilled operators for repetitive jobs. This is supported by the fact that AGVs will reduce risks of incidents, and also with less staff on the sites, AGVs will, in the future, operate independently in controlled working environments.
Tyres for AGVs will help reduce rolling and running resistance, although they will be required to perform at higher intensities for a longer period of time. As drivers will no longer operate the machines, companies will opt for airless and solid tyres instead. This will maximise the uptime of the machines as well, since comfort has become a secondary concern.
It's safe to say the construction industry will, as technology diversifies, move with the times, and tyres for this sector are no different.