ST. LOUIS — Accella Tire Fill Systems has modified its TLC Tire and Rim Protection with a neon red color to enhance its effectiveness as a medium that helps users identify a tire leak and/or rim crack or leak on off-road equipment.
The TLC technology, which is non-toxic, non-flammable and non-hazardous, conditions the wheel and helps to maintain cooler tire operating temperatures, Accella said, which helps to eliminate premature failures caused by rust and other deterioration.
The addition of the neon color to the formulation will help users identify cracks or leaks, Accella claims, which should deliver greater safety and functionality to field operators and drivers of off-road vehicles. Accellas calls it part of its "360-degree tire care solution."
St. Louis-based Accella Tyre Fill Systems, a Carlisle Companies L.L.C. business, also offers polyurethane tire fill technology for pneumatic tires for heavy commercial and industrial equipment.
Accella said that a test last year conducted by Applied Technical Services Inc. (ATS), showed that TLC's neon red maintained its color visibility and vibrancy against leading brands, whose color markings faded.
Weather, Accella said, causes issues with mining wheels and tires. This technology maintains cooler operating conditions, the company claims, even while operating in fluctuating extremes of hot and cold.
In a series of corrosion tests that compared TLC with competitors' products, ATS constructed specialized chambers to simulate a year of field use in a mining OTR tire that operates at up to 176°F on a two-shift basis. Corrosion testing was conducted at temperatures of 212°F and 100 PSI.
Accella said the tests showed that sample steel coated in TLC Pro had only a 0.005-percent reduction in weight, while others corroded more than 2.6 times as much, with a 0.013-percent weight loss.
Tests also were conducted in freezing temperatures of -10°F for more than six hours. The TLC formulation did not freeze, Accella said, while other products froze in an hour.
Mike Arnold, general manager and vice president of Accella Tire Fill Systems, said the formula is specifically designed for the mining industry, "where temperature extremes and volatile working conditions can take a toll on tires — creating both performance and safety risks for field operator.
"The ability to better protect tires on the job, while also ensuring early detection of the most dangerous leaks, cracks and unwanted deterioration, directly saves our mining customers valuable time, money and manpower," Mr. Arnold said.
The formula's liquid coating is added to the tire's air chamber and coats the inside of the rims, which Accella said provides rust protection while dispersing the vapors, extending the life of tires and rims.