The week begins on a Sunday evening for the logistics of the Krombacher brewery. At 11 pm the first trucks leave the small village at the foot of the Rothaargebirge mountains. Past the town sign saying "Dorf des Bieres" (village of beer), on to dealers, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.
Germany's most popular Pils comes from Krombach and is named after the village where it originates from. On the premises of the Krombach brewery, around 70 forklifts load the brewery products onto trucks - during the peak season up to 390,000 crates a day. From the bottling plant, the forklifts transport and manoeuvre pallets, crates and barrels through narrow warehouse aisles to the truck box lane.
Since 2012, Krombacher has been relying on pneumatic tyres from Continental. Pneumatic tyres offer a decisive advantage over solid rubber tyres. Under continuous load, as in the case of Krombacher, where they are lifted, stacked and turned almost around the clock, they do not heat up as much as their counterparts made of 100% rubber. Failures due to overheated tyres are reduced to practically zero. However, the risk of flat tyres increases on the premises of the brewery, due to shards lying around and the resulting loss of air pressure. Until 2017 Krombacher therefore carried out manual check-ups. Each forklift truck stood still for 15 minutes each week - for 17 forklifts that is 4 hours and 15 minutes a week, or almost ten production days per year.
With the digital tyre pressure monitoring systems ContiPressureCheck and ContiConnect, Krombacher has found a solution to this problem. The systems measure air pressure and tyre temperature thanks to an integrated tyre sensor. This enables tyre punctures and downtimes to be detected before they even occur. Thanks to the digital solution, the time-consuming,
manual check-ups have since been eliminated and the Krombacher Brewery's forklifts are once again ready at any time.