LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The U.S. Postal Service recently began using a new Goodyear, all-season retread, the BELTAK AS, on its light truck fleet, Goodyear announced during the 37th ARA World Tire Conference & Exhibition in April in Louisville. The BELTAK AS, which is listed on the Qualified Products List of the federal government's General Services Administration, has 14/32-inch of non-skid, Goodyear said.
The tire maker said the precure tread design was built on elements of its light truck tire technology and provides strong traction in mud, snow and ice.
The retread's design is well suited for metro pickup-and-delivery applications, according to Tom L. Ford, general manager of Goodyear's retreading operations.
The new tread design can be used on both radial and bias-ply casings, and is available in P-metric sizes, Mr. Ford added. The BELTAK AS is available initially in sizes 6.00 and 6.50.
Oliver treds last longer-tests
During the recent ARA show, Oliver Rubber Co. released results of two sets of studies the company said prove its retreads outlast those of its ``major principal competitors.''
In a one-year test concluded in January, Oliver licensees 3-B Tire in Commerce, Calif., and Heavy Duty Tire in Carlisle, Pa., matched the company's HMT Deep XT, Maxi Rib and Rev Tred against similar precure products with identical tread depths from two of Oliver's major competitors.
In tests on 295/75R22.5, 285/75R24.5 and 11R22.5 radial casings, the Oliver retreads ran an average 19.7 percent more miles per 1/32-inch of tread than one competitor; 26 percent more miles per 32nd than the second.
Oliver also released the results of 470 co-op tests since 1990 that show the company's treads ran an average 15 percent more miles per 1/32-inch of tread than the competition. The treads ran an average 580 more miles per 32nd than other tires in the test, Oliver said.
Goodyear tests retread software
Retreaders attending the ARA exhibition got their first look at a new computer program Goodyear eventually intends to market to its authorized retreaders worldwide.
In May, the Akron-based tire maker and Compu-Power Inc. launched a pilot program to evaluate the software-which tracks tire casings, non-skid depth, pull rates, failure data and scrap rates-at two Goodyear-owned and two independent Goodyear retread locations.
Goodyear eventually will market the software worldwide as G-TRACS, said Tom L. Ford, the tire maker's general manager of retreading operations.
Columbia, Md.-based Compu-Power created the program by customizing its TRACS Retread Tire Management software to make it compatible with existing Goodyear retread and business management programs, said Tim Loden, Compu-Power vice president.
TRIB raffle, auction net $6,300
The Tire Retread Information Bureau collected nearly $5,000 as it raffled off Magnavox 52-inch and 25-inch televisions and a Magnavox video cassette recorder during the ARA convention, according to TRIB Managing Director Harvey Brodsky.
The prize winners were:
Leen A. van't Hof of Bandenmarkt in Fijnaart, Netherlands, who won the 52-inch TV;
Glenn Stephens of Associated Rubber Co., Tallapoosa, Ga., who won the 25-inch TV; and
Ron Brooks of Sectioneer Inc. in Kearns, Utah, who won the VCR.
TRIB also benefited from a silent auction of OTR tires conducted at the General Tire booth, which netted a high bid of $1,361 from Carl Peevey of Green Oak Tire in Brighton, Mich. The tires were donated by Southern Illinois Retreading in Du Quoin, Ill., Shrader's Inc. in Greenville, Ohio, and Walters Tire Service Inc. in Somerset, Pa.