Eliminating manual handling, accelerating efficiency

Tyre Manufacturing

An ideal solution for busy tyre manufacturing facilities, electric tugs help eliminate manual handling and boost production efficiency. 

MasterTug MT300 moving components for Continental during tyre manufacturing

Struggling with production delays? 

Moving heavy cassette trolleys and bead racks by hand often requires multiple production operatives – taking them away from productive tasks and presenting the risk of injury.

With high quantities of wheeled equipment like tread trolleys requiring frequent movement, tyre manufacturers are increasingly looking for material handling equipment to eliminate manual handling and maximise production efficiency.

Streamlining material handling in the tyre industry

With a single operator able to safely move even the heaviest of loads, you can eliminate manual handling tasks and free up production staff with electric tugs. Streamlining the movement of loads such as cassette trolleys, bead racks and tread trolleys, electric tugs transform material handling processes across tyre manufacturing processes – maximising efficiency and production flow.

The benefits of electric tugs in tyre manufacturing 

You need material handling solutions that enhance production processes, not hinder them. Electric tugs offer a flexible solution enabling the efficient, safe movement of equipment and loads throughout production facilities. 

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    Create leaner processes  

    Streamlining the movement of heavy loads, electric tugs help you create leaner processes.

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    Maximise staff productivity

    Using electric tugs empowers staff to focus on value-adding tasks improving productivity.

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    Keeping staff safe

    Removing the need for manual handling or physical exertion, electric tugs improve workplace safety and deliver the effortless movement of heavy loads.

Our range of tyre manufacturing electric tugs

Toyota AGV electric tug

AGV Systems – Case Study

Toyota accelerates efficiency with an AGV system

A world leader in its field, the automotive manufacturer has achieved return on investment and improved operational efficiency when moving parts to the production line…

Learn how Toyota Motor Manufacturing used an AGV system to automate its driving processes.

Trusted by global tyre manufacturers 

Global tyre manufacturing facilities trust MasterMover’s battery-powered electric tugs to make the movement of wheeled loads safer and more efficient…

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We have created an ergonomic working environment for our operators and receive very positive feedback from them. We continue to work on adapting the advantages of using MasterMover electric tugs to other material handling processes

Your Questions, Answered - FAQs

What are electric tugs used to move in the tyre manufacturing industry?  

Across tyre manufacturing, electric tow tugs are used to move a wide variety of equipment and components such as:

  • Cassette trolleys
  • Tread trolleys
  • Bead racks
  • Material trolleys
  • Gum sheet rolls
  • Innerliner trolleys
Can electric tow tugs connect to a wide range of loads in my facility?

We understand that tyre manufacturing facilities need to handle a huge volume of different loads and equipment, which can make finding a material handling solution difficult.

With a range of coupling options available across our product range, we can connect to a wide variety of different connection points from towing eyes to directly connecting to your trolleys box section.

For us, the connection point is critical, and we ensure that any solution is designed to maximise performance, security and safety. Custom coupling solutions can also be designed for unique applications.    

What types of control options are available?

Electric tugs are available with multiple control options designed to maximise safety and efficiency.

  • Pedestrian operated electric tugs allow a single operator to safely manoeuvre even the heaviest loads with confidence, removing manual handling and reliance on forklift trucks.  
  • Remote control operation is available to deliver maximum visibility by allowing operators to take up the ideal vantage point when moving loads, facilitating the seamless movement of loads in congested areas.
  • Automated AGV electric tugs remove the need for an operator, automating the movement of heavy loads to maximise efficiency and resource utilisation. 
Is an operator license or training required? 

No, unlike lifting equipment such as forklift trucks and cranes, an electric tug does not require a license to operate. A license-free operation reduces downtime and maximises operational efficiency, reducing wasted time waiting for a licensed driver.   

Minimal training is required to safely operate an electric tug and we offer training packages to suit every requirement.     

How are electric tugs powered?  

Electric tugs are battery powered, with interchangeable batteries or lithium options available, electric tugs can deliver 24/7 operation to keep your processes moving.

Offering zero emissions from the point of use, electric tugs are ideally suited for indoor use, replacing internal combustion engine (ICE) powered equipment such as forklifts or tow tractors.  

We're here to help 

If you’re looking to improve safety, remove the risk of injury and unlock greater operational efficiency, we’re here to help. Speak to our team to discuss your application.