For Professionals working on winter roads, snow chains are one of the best allies to improve efficiency in winter driving and snow clearing activities.
As the destination vehicles and the working purposes are pretty much variegated on the market, König has become through the years the leading company in supplying Professionals with large variety of solution for their winter traction needs.
The better understanding of the product segmentation and the different features available is the starting point for successful winter services.
Selecting your Professional snow chains according to your vehicle
Generally speaking, products in the Professional snow chains assortment are segmented according to the vehicle application in the following categories.
|Off-road snow chains||Bus snow chains||Heavy Truck snow chains||Snow remover snow chains||Agricolture snow chains||Special vehicles snow chains|
4x4, Tout-terrain vehicles, Vans
City, Regional, Tourism busses
Trucks and trailers up to 44t
Trucks, Wheel Loaders, Agricolture
According to this classification, the vehicle segmentation indicates the most suggested products by taking in account the technical requirements of the vehicle and its tyres and the type of usage.
Selecting your Professional snow chains according to the fitting system
König assortment includes different fitting systems which are available according to the needs in the different applications. If we consider the fitting system as categorization criteria, we can classify König Professional products in:
|König External fitting||König Rigid Arch fitting||König Traditional fitting|
The availability of the different fitting systems allows the Professional to select according to their needs and preferences.
As indicated in the matrix, the most of the options are available for the Bus and Truck vehicle categories: in fact such vehicles are used in wide variety of conditions (i.e. transporting people on short trips and long trips, trasporting goods, snow clearing activities), each of them benefiting of different product advantages.
Busses whose drivers are requested to fit and remove snow chains quite often, the external fitting brings the advantage to get this done without working behind the wheel (External fitting) or moving the vehicle (External fitting and Rigid Arch fitting) for further tensioning operations.
On the other side a Truck involved in mountain passes which drives with snow chains for prolonged time would benefit more of traditional fitting system which is still the most efficient in such conditions.
Snow chains for the other vehicle categories feature exclusively the Traditional fitting system this is the most reliable under extreme stresses and prolonged working sessions.
Selecting your Professional snow chains according the cross-section design / mesh
When it comes to cross-section designs, the König Professional Snow chains assortment includes a solid variety of solutions tailored to the vehicle type, tyre and usage.
In fact different cross-section designs offer different performance and product life-time: the choice of the right cross-section is fundamental to obtain the preferred performance and reliability which the application requires.
König Professional snow chains are segmented according to the cross-section design in the following types:
|König Single diamond||König Double diamond||König Triple diamond||König Net design|
With a richer the cross-section, forces and stresses are distributed over a larger number of chain links. Additionally richer cross-sections include more diagonal elements which offer superior side handling under load.
Selecting your Professional snow chains according the Link Configuration
Another important aspect involved in the selection of the most indicated Professional snow chains is the link configuration. With this term, we define how’s the design of the cross-section links appointed as traction provider in dynamic conditions.
As we all know, a chain section is a sequence of a vertical and an horizontal link. The first enter in contact with the ground and create friction (=traction), while the second work as connections between the vertical links. But that's not all, there are more options out there.
An accurate snow chain selection process takes in consideration also the different options that König offers as link configuration.
|König Simple Link configuration||König Ice-Breaker configuration||König Ice-Breaker + Welder Bar configuration|
The different links configurations also require some different type of maintenance to maximize the product durability.
The Ice-Breaker + Welded Bar configuration is the one which provides the highest additional wear volume. With such potential, this link configuration requires periodical checks to ensure chains are reverted time to time according to tyre rotation.
Selecting your Professional snow chains according the Link wire diameter
Additionally Professional snow chains are also selected according to the different wire diameters available. As the logic suggests, the bigger the vehicle is, the bigger the wheel will be.
And Professional snow chains just stick to this logic
|Small size||Medium size||Big size|
|D-Shape 4.50mm and 5.50mm mainly||Round-shaped 6.00mm||D-Shape 5.50mm and 7.00mm mainly||D-Shape 4.50mm, 5.50mm||D-Shape 7.00 and 8.00 wire links||D-Shape 8.00 and 10.00mm wire links|
|7.00mm wire links for HD||D-Shape 8.00mm wire links for HD||D-Shape 7.00mm wire links for HD|
Considering the width and depth of the snow chain assortment, König has in place direct dedicated customer services in the main markets to ensure our customers get a complete assistance from the product selection to the after-sales and usage support.
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