Lode King wins Saskatchewan Wheat Pool contract

WINKLER, Man. (March 16) — The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool has awarded Lode-King Industries a $1.5 million contract to build North America’s first central tire inflation (CTI) technology-equipped trailers for grain handling.

The technology allows the operator to control tire pressure automatically from the trailer cab to reduce the stress on road surfaces, improve traction and reduce washboarding that is caused by other types of heavy tractor/trailer units.

The CTI Technology will be provided by TPC International of Edmonton.

Work is scheduled to begin in mid March at Winkler, Man.-based Lode King on 20 nine-axle trailers. Five trailers will be completed each month beginning in May.

The trailers will have a payload capacity of 56 tonnes. This compares favorably with the conventional Super-B trailer with a capacity of 45 tonnes on primary highways and 35 tonnes on secondary roads.

Truck traffic will be monitored through an on-board global
positioning system called SOO-AVL, a software program developed by Soo Smartmap Inc. of Regina. The technology will allow SaskPool to locate vehicles within 100 meters of their exact location, 24 hours a day.

— Myron Love

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