WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc. is launching a press-on solid tire for materials-handling applications, the PS1000, that features the company’s Pit Stop Line wear indicator for the first time in a solid application.
Trelleborg said that in recent years it has been examining thousands of customers’ tires to determine take-off trends and found that on average, customers were changing out tires prematurely, wasting about 25% of the tire life.
“Tire management is still an ongoing issue and customers are not maximizing value out of their tires,” Marc Margossian, regional marketing director, Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc., said.
“Most customers go by the rule of thumb: ‘When the rubber reaches the top of the numbers, it’s time to change them out.’ But this can vary. … There’s a significant cost associated with both tire waste as well as additional service required associated with pulling tires prematurely.”