DES MOINES, Iowa—Titan International Inc. has developed a farm tire design that it claims combines the elements of conventional, Increased Flexion (IF) and Very High Flexion (VF) tires for certain applications where IF or VF tires typically are spec'd.
Titan's development of this new technology, which it's calling Ultimate Flex Technology (UFT), is designed to rein in and potentially reverse SKU proliferation of the past decade or so as the industry has adopted more and more specialized IF and VF tires, according to Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager for Titan International.
The first tires built with UFT—the Goodyear Ultra Sprayer R-1 tire for crop-row sprayers—debuted at the Farm Progress Show in late August in Des Moines. The tire will be available commercially in the first quarter of 2023 in sizes 380/90R46 and 380/105R50, which represent the majority of fitments for this application.
Plans to expand into different sizes and applications are in final development and will be announced at a later date, Titan said. The new products will be priced above conventional tires for this application but below IF/VF versions of the same size tires.
"We wanted to create a simple solution for farmers, dealers and OEMs," Sloan said. "Our thought was why don't we make a tire that's capable of all three applications—conventional, IF and VF. This makes it easier to quickly replace any sprayer tire, without sacrificing performance."