With the increasing costs of consumables becoming more straining on both large and small mining companies it seems more attention is being placed on maximising product lifespan.
The rapid escalation of raw material costs mixed with shortages due to high world wide demand means items such as tyres and wheels require more attention for longer sustainability.
According to Glen Wolfenden from Bearcat Tyres, although tyres and wheels are often convinced as disposable items more can be done to achieve a much better operational duty cycle and minimise wear and tear.
“The facts are clear, gaining small benefits such as additional hours of tyre life and protecting wheels against fatigue all add up to not only less stress on finding new stock but also huge cost savings at the end of the year,” he said.
Bearcat Tyres is the Australian distributor for ReSeal, a liquid tyre additive produced by Arnco.
ReSeal is pumped into any tyre through the valve stem while the tyre is holding “zero” air pressure. Following valve insertion and subsequent inflation, the tyres natural rolling generates centrifugal force on the ReSeal enabling a consistent spread of material over the entire interior liner or casing of the tyre.
Specific quantities (litres) are added to a given tyre size to enable complete coverage of the internal air cavity. ReSeal remains as a liquid for the life of the mounted tyre.
ReSeal will provide a number of cost saving benefits for a multitude of off-road equipment.
“Reseals advanced formula works as a Bead Sealant, Coolant, Corrosion Inhibitor and self-acting Puncture Proofing agent to block holes up to 7mm all in one product,” Wolfenden said.
Expensive tyres on giant equipment suffer punishment day in day out with the majority of wear being undetected inside the casing resulting in sudden sidewall and undertread related damage.
Wheels and rim components for large haul trucks such as 57 and 63 inch are also items that require added thought against protection against wear damage.
ReSeal’s patent formula includes Kevlar fibers which gently “brush” the tyre liner and rim, constantly cleaning and nourishing both tyre and rim.
As an anticorrosive, ReSeal continually conditions the internal wheel surface, prolonging wheel life and reducing the intervals between shot-blasting and re-painting.
ReSeal acts as a natural lubricant and assists with tyre demounting and subsequent mounting.
“We have seen outstanding results especially in haul truck applications where tyres are running cooler with more consistent air pressure levels and wheels bases that look brand new after years of hard work,” Wolfenden said.
“My advice to those using ultra large tyres and wheels would be to look after them. At the end of the day approximately $150 of ReSeal is all that is required for the largest 57 inch haul truck tyre — imagine what that can save you.”