Yokohama Off-Highway Tires has launched the Galaxy MFS 101, featuring solid construction, a heat-dissipating design and a steel bead design to transfer torque with reduced slip. The tire is available in 28 sizes, for rims ranging from 8 to 15 in.
"The Galaxy MFS 101 SDS is the answer to customers' need for a comfortable, high-performing, long-lasting solid tire that is versatile enough for smooth surfaces both indoors and outdoors and tough enough to operate 24 hours a day on heavy duty forklifts," said Dhananjay Bisht, Yokohama Off-Highway product manager for earthmoving, construction and industrial tires.
Zig-Zag Tread Pattern
"When you look at the Galaxy MFS 101, you immediately see the zig-zag contour of the continuous center lug, which enhances the stability of the massive centerline while adding surface area to the grooves on either side of it to dissipate more heat," explained Bisht. "We designed the center lug to minimize vibration, fine-tuning our design until vibration was significantly below that of competitors' tires."
The two circumferential grooves support steering and cornering, according to Bisht. He added that the shoulder lugs of the MFS 101 are spaced for traction, cornering and bleeding off heat. The shoulders of the MFS 101 are also siped all the way to the edges for grip on smooth surfaces.
"Every aspect of the MFS 101 is optimized for stability," said Bisht. "The footprint is wide and level, which seats the forklift firmly on the ground. In addition, that flat profile reduces wear and improves traction. Meanwhile, the sidewall profile is vertical, which adds stability during lifting and cornering."
Compound uniformity supports stability. A heavy-duty central tie bar stabilizes and reinforces the tread for strength under stress. The MFS 101 features a steel bead package across the entire rim area to reduce wheel slip.
The solid construction of the Galaxy MFS 101 SDS features three distinct layers: a durable base for stability and firm grip on the rim, an inner cushion and a wear-resistant tread compound for traction on hard surfaces.
The stability, cushion layer, compound package and tread design combine to reduce vibration, according to Bisht.
"Operator comfort is more than just a sign of a pleasant workplace—it's a safety issue for operators as well as other workers," said Bisht. "Operator health, efficiency, accuracy, and productivity can all be affected by reducing vibration and improving ride and performance. The Galaxy MFS 101 SDS takes performance and comfort to a new level, around the clock."
The newly introduced tread compound of the Galaxy MFS 101 SDS reflects a balance between wear resistance, cut and chip resistance and heat resistance. The resulting compound is long-lasting on hard surfaces. Applications include warehouses, ports, shop floors and loading docks, where debris and metal ramps can destroy pneumatic or foam-filled tires.