Treads Starting in June, Bandag Inc. will release a line of wide-base application-specific treads, including:
The WBD-A asymmetric tread for the refuse/waste segment, featuring a solid outside shoulder to stand up to curb scrapes and an open tread pattern with 25/32-inch tread depth. The tread is designed to fit 385/65R22.5 and 425/65R22.5 tires;
The WBSS tread for the construction industry with 30/32-inch tread depth and unique tread elements for improved off-road traction;
The Eclipse SSD tread for oil tanker and cement mixer operations, with 26/32-inch tread depth complimented by increased centerline tread void for snow and mud traction. The SSD also has tapered groove wall angles to prevent foreign material penetration; and
The Eclipse ST-M tread for spread-axle and multi-axle fleets with 16/32-inch tread depth with reduced undertread for cooler operating temperatures.
Contact: Bandag Inc., Dept. TB, 2905 N. Highway 61, Muscatine, Iowa 52761. Phone: (319) 262-1400.
Everhot Manufacturing Co. `s new 7.5-pound Everhot #59 series brander allows dealers to brand tires with numbers.
The unit, available in 120- or 240-volt models, has a 3-inch face disk for individual 3/4- or 1-inch numbers. The brander keeps all 10 numbers hot at all times and comes with a wooden handle.
Contact: Everhot Manufacturing Co., Dept. TB, P.O. Box 38, Maywood, Ill. 60153. Phone: (847) 865-7070.
The International Tire and Rubber Association has revised the English-language version of its Retread/Repair Process Manual and released four new training videotapes.
The step-by-step guidebook covers passenger and truck tire retreading and repairing. Those who purchased the first printing will receive a 90-page insert of updated material. The Spanish version of the guidebook already contains the updated material, ITRA said.
The English book is available for $149 to members and $249 to non-members. The Spanish version costs $169 and $279 for members and non-members, respectively.
The new videotapes are part of the association's continuing education series for its Retread/Repair Technician Certification Program.
The tapes cover ``Basic Tire Construction'' (module 1), ``Buffing'' (module 4), ``Skiving, Cementing and Filling'' (module 5), and ``Final Inspection'' (module 10).
Contact: International Tire and Rubber Association, Dept. TB, P.O. Box 37203, Louisville, Ky. 40233-7203. Phone: (800) 426-8835 or (502) 968-8900. Fax: (502) 964-7859. E-mail: [email protected]
Goodyear has produced a video series focusing on aircraft tire maintenance and service procedures.
Through two 15-minute tapes, ``Tire Flight Plans'' demonstrates correct procedures for selecting, mounting and inflating aircraft tires, and reviews operating conditions, tire inspections and demounting.
A third tape, to be released by September, will examine the making of new and retreaded aircraft tires. The cost is $30 for one video or $50 for the set.
Contact: Goodyear, Attn: Jim Pickering, Dept. TB, 1144 E. Market St., Akron, Ohio 44316. Phone: (330) 796-6306.
The Sliding Shoe Sorter conveyor from Mathews Conveyor can sort as many as 100 tires per minute.
The sorter is designed to reduce the coefficient of friction between rubber and the sliding surface, the company said. The shoe geometry fits 20-, 30- and 45-degree divert angles. The device has an electric switch that uses a rotary actuator.
Contact: Mathews Conveyor, Dept. TB, P.O. Box 928, Danville, Ky. 40422. Phone: (800) 628-4397. Fax: (800) 950-6445.
Ken-Tool has introduced two new tire irons for use on small wheels, including many specialty applications.
Both the 16- and 9-inch irons have a curved design that 9rolls'' the bead over the rim.
The 9-inch tire iron will fit into a tool pouch.
Contact: Ken-Tool, Dept. TB, 768 E. North St., Akron, Ohio 44305. Phone: (330) 535-7177. Fax: (800) 872-4929 or (330) 535-1345.