17/06/2014 - 15:04 pm

Trelleborg Wheel Systems Adds Alert System to Aid Tire Replacement | Industry News

Trelleborg Wheel Systems has launched the Pit Stop Line for its premium range of industrial tires to show users when a forklift tire is worn out and needs to be replaced. Incorporating an orange line that is embedded into the tire, the indicator is visible on the tire wall and is designed to reveal itself across the surface of the tire when the rubber has reached the end of its lifetime. Users are alerted when the tire has about 100 hours of life left to plan replacement and eliminate unnecessary costs.

“Tires are often replaced with up to 25% of their life remaining simply because people are unaware that tread depth has nothing to do with the life of a solid tire," said Jean-Paul Mindermann, president of the Trelleborg Wheel Systems business unit. "Not only does this misconception cause a great amount of wastage, but it also costs companies thousands of dollars every year through unnecessary tire replacement and machine downtime.

The new Pit Stop Line completely encompasses the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO) Manual recommendations on tire safety and enables 100% accurate tire safety checks. The line's design will help improve machine uptime and service planning. With the Pit Stop Line appearing 100 hours or five to 15 working days before the tire needs replacing, operators are able to plan their tire changes in advance.

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