Industry Developments for OTR Tyres.
Over the years a number of OTR Tyre related Developments have evolved to either improve operating efficiency , or monitor tyre performance .
This has largely come about because of the Cost of Earthmoving Tyres and the huge Financial Loss for Vehicle Downtime. In some instances these developments have been promoted and sold on the basis of Mine Site Safety Improvements.
Examples of Industry Developments classed into seven categories : -
Know-How Software - PLM , VIMS , Minestar and Modular Mining .
Tyre and Vehicle Tooling - Vehicle Wheel Alignment Tooling.
Tyre Inflation Systems - Nitrogen vs Air , and Water ballasting.
Tyre Monitoring Devices - VBOX, Tyre Sense, MEMS, KAL TTT, Smart Tyre .
Non-Destructive Tyre Testing - Thermal Imaging or Temperature Probe.
Repair/Retreading Techniques - Steel Bonding Compound Technologies.
Chemical Additives - Puncture-Proof and standard Tyre Sealants .
Are the Developments "Value Adding"?
With a general slowing down of the Mining Industry Globally , most Mining Houses are looking to streamline operations , cut costs and become more effective in all aspects of Tyre Management .
STS will provide an independent perspective to clients on Cost Benefits of any of these Developments and what enhancements are further required to get better value out of these systems .Some of these developments have Added Real Value to the industry , and others just simply have been a waste of time and money . In most cases it comes down to a simple understanding the mechanics of tyres to be able to assess whether there is real value addition .