NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. is growing its offerings for port terminals and intermodal yards with the launch of the V-Steel Port Container Straddle (VPCS) radial tire.
The new VPCS tire — available in sizes 450/95R25 and 480/95R25 — is engineered with enhanced load capacity, speed rating and durability offering more efficient operations and extended service life, Bridgestone said.
"Ports face unique challenges and need equipment that remains productive in virtually any kind of condition, 24 hours a day and seven days a week," Rob Seibert, president, off the road, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas, said.
"With the VPCS, our team of engineers set out to design a tire that meets these challenges head-on and keeps our world's supply chain moving forward."
Bridgestone said the VPCS offers several key innovations including a new tread pattern and more durable casing structure for a 22% longer service life.
The tire's high-strength casing design allows the user the option of operating at a higher load (up to 28% higher load index) than the predecessor VCHR at constant speeds, Bridgestone said, or of operating at a higher speed (up to 40% faster) while maintaining the same load.
Bridgestone said its lineup of Bridgestone and Firestone port tires is designed for high stability, increased wear resistance and premium performance on a port terminal. The Bridgestone port lineup also features products for application on lift trucks, automated guided vehicles, container handlers and cranes.