Continental Unveils Trackman with Sensor that Communicates with the Operator

• World premiere: Trackman with sensor that monitors in real time heat level in track
• Presented at Agritechnica 2017 in Hanover, Germany, for the very first time
• Prevents costly track repairs

Technology company Continental is unveiling the first-of-its-kind proprietary track-condition monitoring concept for the Trackman at Agritechnica 2017 tradeshow in Hanover, Germany.

“Our core value as a brand is to deliver innovations that are meaningful to our partners in the field,” said Rob Schultz, Continental’s product manager for rubber tracks. “This new track sensor concept was developed by the engineering team at our St. Marys, Ohio plant, and communicates with the operator. It is another one of those options we have developed to help revolutionize farming.”

Continental, Trackman, sensorThe track sensing technology incorporates a microchip molded in to the tread of the track, and communicates directly with a user-friendly monitor in the cab to provide operators with real-time data. “This interaction allows the tractor operator with the information needed to predictively maintain its tracks, avoiding downtime altogether” said Schultz.  “It’s a direct result of Continental’s global focus of knowledge sharing and vision of tomorrow’s needs.” The track condition monitoring recognizes potential issues early on to help avoid downtime. “In the future, targeted monitoring will enable predictive maintenance, which means that operators can respond to components before downtime occurs and replace them accordingly.”

Continental’s Trackman has pioneered the track industry for more than 20 years, holding more patents than any other rubber track manufacturer in the world. From fully molded, one-piece construction to innovations that ensure proven performance in the field, Trackman technology enables users to spend fewer hours in the cab while increasing productivity. 

For additional information on Trackman rubber tracks, visit www.ContinentalTrackman.com.

About Continental

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2016, Continental generated sales of €40.5 billion and currently employs more than 230,000 people in 56 countries.

As a division in the Continental Corporation, ContiTech is one of the world’s leading industrial specialists. Its customers can be found in key industries such as machine and plant engineering, mining, the agricultural industry, and the automotive industry. With around 46,000 employees in 44 countries, the company uses its development and material expertise for products and systems made of rubber, polyamide, metal, textile, and electronic components to combine these with individual services. ContiTech also offers functional and design-oriented living solutions and is always searching for customer-friendly and environmentally-friendly answers – going well and truly beyond its roots as a producer of rubber products. With sales of approximately €5.5 billion (2016), this international technology partner is active with core branches in Europe, Asia, North and South America.