Camso Inc. has created a tool to calculate intensity of forklift applications to help users choose the right tire for the job, and as a result, reduce operating costs.

“As off-the-road mobility niche specialists, we believe that to ensure the lowest operating cost solution of a forklift, you need to have the right tire for the application you’re running,” says Erick Bellefleur, product line director of material handling. “Understanding the intensity of that application is key to maximizing tire life and ultimately, the payback on your tire investment."

Camso has developed its usage intensity calculator, a web-based tool that quantifies different levels of forklift application intensities. The company says it is fact-based and built on thousands of hours of testing, and it takes into account things like lift capacity, working environment as well as idle, travel and maneuvering time. In a few clicks, the systems outputs a forklift's application intensity score. It also recommends a Solideal tire manufactured by Camso, and promises maximum tire life for the application analyzed.

“Forklift fleet owners expect maximum life and that’s what we promise. We believe tire life should be a given,” says Simon Richard, vice president and general manager of the aftermarket division at Camso. “For this to be true, you need to be able to match the tire to the intensity level,” he says.

The company also has brought to market three new models of solid tires: the Solideal RES 330 for low intensity applications, the Solideal RES 550 Magnum for medium intensity applications and the Solideal RES 660 Xtreme for high intensity applications.

Camso also has created a video to explain why usage intensity is important in tire selection.

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