Why Michelin’s CARGOXBIB won at Agri-Trade Expo
Michelin’s soil-protecting CARGOXBIB tire has been named one of the agricultural industry’s top three advancements in 2016. The high-flotation tire was showcased this month at the Agri-Trade Equipment Expo, in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, where it snapped up third place out of three 2016 Agricultural Innovation Awards.
The first implement tire to work with CTIS
The CARGOXBIB is Michelin’s first Ultraflex Technology tire engineered for trailers and towed machinery and has a tread pattern that is designed with improved self-cleaning features and offers greater endurance, better on-road handling and higher-speed transport. Michelin developed the tire in collaboration with customers and original equipment manufacturers. It is the first and only implement tire that is compatible with Central Tire Inflation Systems (CTIS), meaning it can be efficient both on the road and in the field and help farmers preserve crop yields, save time and save money.
“It is always difficult to get it down to three winners,” said Ag Innovations committee chair Rod Bradshaw. “The technology is diversifying every year, and the ideas keep getting better. We believe this year’s winning entries will have broad appeal and could be readily adopted by a lot of farmers.”
The CARGOXBIB works with very low pressure to help protect the soil by using a large footprint to distribute the load, which helps minimize rutting, while its round and solid shoulders are designed to limit plant damage.
“The agricultural industry relies on continuous innovation that supports profitability, productivity and safety for farmers,” said Mike Pantaleo for Michelin Agriculture in Canada. “Michelin is pleased to receive a 2016 Ag Innovations Award for the CARGOXBIB, a tire designed to help farmers preserve crop yields, lower fuel consumption, increase tire life and save time.”
Ultraflex Technology a “breakthrough innovation”
Michelin’s Ultraflex Technology was developed in 2004 with the introduction of its Xeobib tire. The company says this technology is the “breakthrough mobility innovation that makes the ever-increasing power and weight of today’s farm machinery more efficient.” Michelin was the first tire manufacturer to introduce high-flexion tires in North America and the first tire in the industry rated by the U.S. Tire and Rim Association as “Increased Flexion” (IF).
The Agricultural Innovations Award honors products that demonstrate unique features and offer significant contributions toward improving the agricultural sector. Judged by a panel of farmers and industry experts, the awards are presented each year to companies that have made groundbreaking contributions to moving agriculture forward. First place was awarded to an innovative cordless fencing stapler and second place to a skid steer farm tire handler by Raczynski Sales Inc. called the Tire Jogger.
See the Tire Jogger in action here:
Or read about it in the Alberta Farmer Express.
For more information on the CARGOXBIB High Flotation tire, visit Michelin’s website.