Fine-tuning your tire maintenance

By |  March 20, 2020

Industry experts offer an inside look at what it ultimately takes to maintain tires most effectively.

Editor’s Note: This article is part two of a two-part series on tire maintenance. Part one can be read here.

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The pathway to the lowest cost per hour

Various considerations to make, courtesy of Maxam Tire’s Tim Good

Achieving a lower operational cost is the focus for every operation. One of the main areas that’s continuously looked at is cost per hour (CPH) or ton. 

With tires being the second-highest cost to any operation next to fuel for equipment, having a strong tire maintenance program is critical to reach the lowest cost possible. A successful program revolves around placing the correct tire design for the mining operation, the tire compound to maximize performance, and a strong inflation program. 

Air in the tire is what carries the load. For example, a tire that ran 10 percent low will decrease the performance by at least 10 percent. At 20 percent lower, tire performance could decrease by 25 percent. A good inflation program, besides achieving maximum performance, will help maintain a safe operation.

Some other factors that need to be monitored or considered to achieve the lowest CPH are minimizing overloads, having clean and maintained haul roads, loading and dumping areas, and managing cycle times and haul distance.

Tim Good is radial OTR sales manager at Maxam Tire North America.

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One strategy to extend tire life

Goodyear’s Eric Matson provides his essentials to effective tire maintenance

There are two key characteristics that result in successful tire maintenance: air pressure maintenance and proper tire selection.

Goodyear recommends customers start each day with a quick check of inflation pressures. Proper inflation is one of the most effective maintenance methods people can practice to achieve optimal tire performance. Consistent, correct inflation positively impacts tire wear, casing life and overall tire performance.

Optimal tire performance starts with good tire selection. Equipment that travels across debris-strewn surfaces may require a tire that offers enhanced cut or impact resistance, with a deeper, more closed tread pattern; whereas a machine working in softer soil, sand or loose gravel may be focused more on traction and flotation. 

Goodyear encourages customers to consult with their local off-the-road tire dealer or expert when selecting tires. These professionals have the experience and knowledge to evaluate tire needs and jobsite conditions to recommend tires that will help provide the lowest overall cost of ownership.

Eric Matson is global field engineering manager at Goodyear Off-the-Road Tires.

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Technology for 2020 and beyond

Bridgestone’s Tim Netzel shares how new tech offers real-time benefits

Proactive tire maintenance programs are key to help off-the-road (OTR) producers ensure optimal performance and avoid unnecessary downtime. 

For these reasons, technology has become an integral part of tracking and managing tires on jobsites. Integrated technologies, such as tire pressure monitoring systems, allow operators access to real-time tire pressure and temperature, ultimately helping improve safety and productivity while minimizing the total cost of tire ownership. 

Partnering with a trusted tire dealer is another key component to a successful tire maintenance program. A dealer is equipped with the technologies, network and resources to create efficiencies across the total mining operation and will design a custom tire management program tailored to a producer’s specific needs. 

Tim Netzel is director of marketing, OTR, for the U.S. and Canada at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

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Consistency: The true mark of success

Double Coin’s Tony Cresta highlights the added benefits of consistently monitoring air pressure

The key to any good tire maintenance program is consistency.

Having the air pressure on your fleet’s tires checked at the beginning of every work shift, as well as at the end of the day after cooling down, sets a great routine.

Proper inflation is one of the simplest ways to prolong your tire’s life, improve ride comfort for your operators and increase safety on site. Having eyes on your tires regularly will also help catch small repairs before they become something more costly.

Be sure to always consult with your tire manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure charts, and remember that your local tire vendor can be a great source of information and support when implementing or improving an aggregate tire maintenance program for your fleet.

Tony Cresta is director of product management, construction at Double Coin.

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Tenets of a successful maintenance program

Effectively training employees and building routines ultimately keep equipment running, says Titan International’s Johni Francis 

A successful tire maintenance program consists of several things: development of a well-defined maintenance and inspection routine, the creation of training programs to make sure employees stick to that routine, and lastly, the development of a process for documenting performance over the life of each tire in the fleet and a willingness to learn from that documentation. 

A well-defined tire management program should be a very tailored approach to the site, its conditions and the equipment running. It should include everything from daily tire inspection guidelines and rotation schedules to inflation pressure guidelines and more. 

A documentation process should exist for every inspection, repair, rotation and replacement at defined hour marks. This will ultimately help the fleet manager make more informed decisions on not just maintenance, but on future tire and tread selection with the end goal of attaining the lowest cost per hour of operation.

Johni Francis is global off-the-road product manager at Titan International.

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