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Engineering new anti-static technology for forklifts tires, the story

Thursday, 25 Jul 2019 ( #933 )
The hazard associated with static build-up in non-marking tires has long been a thorn in the side of operators and managers in material handling facilities. Non-marking tires are the preferred choice in most indoor applications, and the indoor segment has been growing considerably for the past 20 years. Connected closely to the growing use of non-marking tires, the static charges on a forklift can be strong enough - as much as 50,000 V - to cause severe injury to personnel. Operators often take pains when they dismount to ensure that they break off contact with their truck before they set foot on the floor.

The issue becomes more pronounced as applications become more intense. High-intensity indoor operations are another growing trend with larger equipment, heavier loads, longer runs and frequent, high-speed maneuvering with little idle time.

Shocks to operators are just part of the dangers of static build-up. Equipment and facilities are also vulnerable, and plants handling fumes, chemicals, electronic components, paper and textile have to be particularly cautious.

In this white paper, Camso's experts explore the important safety issue of static electricity build-up related to the use of non-marking forklift tires. They take the reader through the remarkable journey of new product and technology development, from witnessing an issue during a customer visit to the actual manufacturing and introduction of a patented and revolutionary solution to market. While sharing market insights, product knowledge and manufacturing expertise, they explain how, along with addressing the issue of static build-up, they had to consider thermal efficiency and wear life of the tires, all while preserving the essential qualities of non-marking tires: a muti-faceted R&D challenge. Novel design concepts, collaborative approach, prototypes, field tests, customer reviews, compound development and more were required along the way.

Table of contents:
  • A multi-faceted challenge
  • Black or white?
  • A persistent problem
  • An engineered approach
  • The breakthrough
  • Next step: a resilient solution
  • Building on success
  • The best of all worlds

Get the white paper now.

For more information please contact:
Lysandre Michaud-Verreault
Marketing and Communications Manager – Material Handling
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About Camso
Camso, the Road Free company, is a world leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of off-road tires, wheels, rubber tracks and undercarriage systems to serve the material handling, construction, agricultural and powersports industries. It employs more than 7,500 dedicated employees who devote 100% of their effort to 11% of the global tire and track market - the off-the-road market. It operates advanced R&D centres and manufacturing plants in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Camso supplies its products to leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) under the names Camso and Solideal, and distributes its products in the replacement market through its global distribution network. Visit
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