At its inception, Tweel conquered new ground.
Turns out, it's still going to new places.
Tweel is the nonpneumatic tire that started it all. You can find an in-depth look at how it shaped airless tire development and follow its development journey here.
Michelin North America Inc. said March 15 it is breaking into new segments with its nonpneumatic tire technology, introducing the Michelin X Tweel TMF for truck mounted forklifts. Designed for rough terrains, Michelin said the new Tweels carry forward the product line's reputation for durability and versatility.
With a load capacity of 5,310 pounds, X Tweel TMF features a solid structure that is designed to bend when encountering an obstacle, enveloping it and allowing the tire to roll on unscathed. By design, Michelin said, X Tweel TMF offers a "smooth, comfortable ride with excellent load stability."
The new design also incorporates an all-terrain tread pattern, providing traction on any surface.
"The Michelin X Tweel TMF tire is designed to eliminate downtime, with its no-flat construction and improve machinery stability with handling heavy loads, while maintaining excellent traction and operator comfort," Michelin said in a statement. "The development of this specific size was a true collaboration between Michelin North America, Hiab (USA Inc.) and the field-testing partner Mans Lumber & Millwork."
As of March 20, those specifically sized Tweels will be available as an OE option for Hiab's Moffett M8 NX and Princeton PB55+ Series forklifts.
Because the tires are reversible, they can be used in any of the three wheel positions.
"The opportunity to expand Michelin's airless radial tire technology into this new segment—where machine uptime is critical for efficient material handling and delivery—is an important partnership for Moffett and Michelin," Tony Marconi, business director for Michelin Tweel Technologies said in a statement.
Later this year, the tires will be available in sizes for both front (31.5x13-16.5) and rear fitment positions (31x15.5x15) for the Moffett M8 NX 4-Way and Princeton PB 55+ 4-Way.
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