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All farmers know that maintaining a low tyre inflation pressure is essential to minimize soil compaction. However, since the recommended pressure varies depending on the tyre size, tractor speed and payload, it is not always easy to keep track of the correct information. That is why Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber manufacturer, has developed a user-friendly smartphone app which tells farmers in an instant how low their tyre pressure could be under the specific conditions. As such, the app goes a long way towards helping farmers protect their soil, and boost the performance, productivity and life of their VT-TRACTOR tyres.

VF-Technology for increased benefits

The VF-technology of the recently launched Bridgestone VT-TRACTOR premium agricultural tyre has succeeded in changing the face of farming. Capable of operating at significantly lower inflation pressures, this revolutionary new tyre delivers outstanding traction and performance despite reducing ground contact pressure and associated soil compaction. As a result, the tyre is able to deliver far greater efficiency and productivity to farmers while reducing the impact on their crops and top soil. Getting the most out of this premium tractor tyre, however, requires operating at lower inflation pressure. Thanks to the newly developed Bridgestone Tyre Pressure App, it is now easier than ever for VT-TRACTOR tyre owners to get the most out of their premium agricultural tyres.

Functional and user-friendly

The Bridgestone Tyre Pressure App is extremely intuitive and easy to use. Farmers simply need to select their tyre size to view the correct inflation pressure for the load and speed of their tractor.

“The digital world is rapidly expanding to include the domain of farming. It is not so practical to consult printed technical manuals out in the field. However, with the increased popularity of smartphones, Bridgestone saw an opportunity to offer farmers a convenient and powerful tool for checking their tyre pressure at any location. So they can ensure to always operate at the lowest possible pressure to extract the maximum performance and productivity from their valuable investment, while protecting their soils.” says Harald Van Ooteghem, Senior Manager Marketing Planning.

Soil Care by Bridgestone

Bridgestone’s range of premium agricultural radial tyres has been specifically engineered to offer farmers superior traction, efficiency and performance while safeguarding their most valuable asset: their soil. As the flagship tyre of the Bridgestone agricultural line-up, the VT-TRACTOR’s very flexible casing and bead construction allows for higher payloads at lower pressures, achieving a 26% larger lug(1) contact area compared with the other premium products in the field. The larger footprint results in greater traction and hence enhanced efficiency, allowing farmers to cover up to 0.9 hectares per day(2) more than with other premium products. Moreover, the VT-TRACTOR not only saves time but also money, consuming considerably less fuel and saving up to 36 litres/day or over 500€ per 50 hectares(3) compared to other premium products.

Narrow rim option

The Bridgestone Tyre Pressure App now also includes sizes which feature the Narrow Rim Option (NRO), the new experimental standard developed by Bridgestone. VT-TRACTOR tyres featuring the NRO marking can be fitted to narrower rims than are normally prescribed for the respective VF- tyre sizes. The ability to use standard rims gives farmers the option of benefiting from VF technology without the additional investment of wider rims.

The Bridgestone Tyre Pressure App currently contains tyre pressure values for all sizes that are already available and that are planned for 2014. New sizes will be made available via an update scheduled for release in January 2015. The app is now available for download for both Apple and Android users and comes in 6 languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish.

1 Based on Bridgestone’s internal testing conducted in Bernburg (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) in March 2014 with sizes IF 600/70 R30 & IF 710/70 R42 (at inflation pressures 1.2 & 1.0 bar) and VF 600/70 R30 & VF 710/70 R42 (at inflation pressures 1.0 & 0.8 bar) using XSENSORTM pressure imaging technology.
2 Based on Bridgestone’s internal testing conducted in Bernburg (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) in March 2014 with sizes IF 600/70 R30 & IF 710/70 R42 (at inflation pressures 1.2 & 1.0 bar) and VF 600/70 R30 & VF 710/70 R42 (at inflation pressures 1.0 & 0.8 bar) using a towing tractor with a braking tractor to simulate load.
3 Based on Bridgestone’s internal testing conducted in Bernburg (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) in March 2014 with sizes IF 600/70 R30 & IF 710/70 R42 (at inflation pressures 1.2 & 1.0 bar) and VF 600/70 R30 & VF 710/70 R42 (at inflation pressures 1.0 & 0.8 bar) using a volumetric fuel-measurement technique.