MUSCATINE, Iowa (Jan. 5, 2005) —Bandag Inc. is launching a new line of precure retreading materials for the off-the-road tire market through a supply agreement.
Called Continuum, the line includes two innovative serpentine tread designs, which Bandag claims offers greater flexibility than other retread application methods and products.
“Retreading OTR equipment tires has traditionally been done with mold cure or hand-sculpture methods,” said Robert Otting, product manager, global tire products. “Our new serpentine tread rubber design simplifies the retread application method for a diverse cross section of equipment used in the construction, mining and port industries. When finished and cured, the retread will have a consistent, new-tire appearance far superior to the hand-sculpted method used by many tire retreaders.”
The serpentine tread rubber is produced in pre-measured segments eliminating the need to cut or splice, Bandag said.
“You simply apply the tread segments to a radial or bias tire, adjust the gap between segments and fill the gap with repair gum,” Mr. Otting said.
The serpentine design is available with Continuum 1040 and 1070 treads and is intended for loader, grader, dozer, articulated dump trucks and other construction and material handling equipment. Bandag also offers eight additional Continuum tread designs for specific applications in the mining and port industries.
Bandag said it is targeting Continuum tread and ancillary materials at retreaders who specialize in the off-the-road market.
All Continuum retreading materials are produced to specifications certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2000), the company added.