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What to expect at the OTR Conference

What to expect at the OTR Conference

Next month’s Off-The-Road Tire Conference in San Diego will take an in-depth look at tire pressure management systems (TPMS), tire chains and sealants.

The Tire Industry Association-run annual conference is focused on large off-the-road tires and is an opportunity for those in the OTR tire sector to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry.

TPMS in focus at the OTR Conference

Technology and innovation will be high on the agenda, with sessions to cover innovations in TPMS, including geo-fencing, gateways, inflation stations and asset tracking.

Tire Industry Association senior training vice president Kevin Rohlwing said the off-the-road industry is heavily invested in TPMS.

“TPMS in the OTR market is all aftermarket — so in many cases it’s the dealers who are installing and maintaining the systems,” he said.

“It’s a great ‘added value’ service that dealers can provide and help their customers while creating a small profit center.”

A separate session will look at all the tools and equipment available for inflating OTR tires and how to use those tools properly to comply with occupational health and safety regulations and keep your technicians safe.

Tire chains and sealants on the agenda

Tire chains will be the focus of a special session, including information on how they work with a tire. Topics for discussion include getting proper chain coverage on the tire, installation, securement and maintenance. A question-and-answer session will provide opportunities to explore chains in more detail.

MULTI SEAL will take an in-depth look at everyone’s favorite topic — sealants. The company reckons its time to separate fact from fiction and will be looking at what makes a good sealant, using the right product for the right job, the pros and cons of using a sealant compared to other solutions, and common myths.

Rohlwing said the conference has two opportunities for attendees to meet with sponsors at tabletop viewing sessions.

“We are fortunate to have a lot of support from the industry, so the contacts will range from tires and retreads to service trucks, tools, valves, TPMS and other products and services related to the OTR tire industry,” he said.

But it’s not all business…

It’s not an OTR Conference without a bit of adventure, so there is an extensive leisure program. For an extra fee, conference attendees can join a trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, take a La Jolla Sea Caves kayak tour, or participate in a golf tournament or a sailing regatta.

Adventurer Jim Davidson will headline the conference. As a climber with 33 years’ experience and a high-altitude expedition leader, Davidson is an expert in resilience. In 1992 he and a friend were climbing Mount Rainier when a snowbridge collapsed and dropped them deep into a hidden crevasse. His amazing story of survival will be a highlight of the conference, which is all about what happens “off the beaten track.”

Registrations are open

The Off-The-Road Tire Conference will take place from February 17 to 20, 2016, at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in San Diego. Registrations are open now and group accommodation is filling up fast.

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