Expert Tips #6: Maximizing the lifespan of OTR tyres
The lifespan of costly OTR tyres has a significant impact on budgets. These tips will help you get the most out of your investment:
Ensure you are using the correct specification tyre for the job at hand
It may sound obvious but matching tyre TKPH to that of the site is a fundamental step which needs to be monitored as site parameters change. You can’t control site conditions but you can get the right tyre for the job.
Monitor and Record
Monitor tyre performance and record all data. Analysis of performance will provide information critical to optimising tyre life.
Educate your operators
Ensure operators understand the significance of tyres to site. Provide tyre awareness/best practice presentations to your operators highlighting operational elements effecting tyre life.
Establish a rigorous maintenance programme
An adequately resourced and documented maintenance programme will optimize tyre performance. Regulating tyre rotation (male and female and front and rear), conducting physical inspections, and ensuring a rigid pressure maintenance schedule is in place are the minimum requirements.
Understand the limits of repair
Consult with tyre repair experts such as Monaflex, and your repair material supplier to ensure all repairable tyres are put back in to service. Seek procedural guidance from Monaflex to ensure repairs are carried out to achieve maximum possible life. The correct repair systems will save further time. The custom OTR system repairs sidewall, shoulder and crown whilst a high volume of sidewall injuries or bead injuries can be tackled with specialised systems such as the Monaflex OTRS, XLOTRS and XLBRS systems.
Govern machine speeds
Govern the maximum speed of your machines in accordance with site conditions to optimise tyre life, reduce vertical sheer on front positions and optimise axle weight distribution.
Monitor truck loading
Load trucks within published tyre capabilities. Ensure loads are distributed evenly so axle weight is unbiased.
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