There are many misconceptions about and much poor understanding of mining tyre management, for example:
- Being unaware that tyre maintenance of mine equipment is ten times more likely to result in fatality than non-tyre maintenance of rubber tyred mining vehicles.
- Believing that hard (engineering) controls will compensate for inadequate tyre maintenance training and procedures or poor culture.
- Thinking that worn out tyres signify tyre life maximisation.
- Being reluctant to fit new tyres to the rear of haul trucks, unappreciative of the benefits this can deliver.
- Not understanding that poor roads result in haul truck damage cost several times that of tyre damage cost.
- Believing that TPMS guarantees detection of a potential tyre explosion or fire.
- Mismanaging nitrogen inflation to the extent that the site might as well be inflating with air.
- Chasing haulage productivity ineffectively, and unsafely, in terms of tyre selection and operation.
- Being over-reliant on tyre companies for advice, notably compound selection.
- Using tyre warranty to seek compensation for poor tyre performance rather than as an incentive for the manufacturer to provide its optimum tyre specification up front.
- Being unaware of the criticality of using fitment rather than scrap period based analysis when evaluating and comparing tyre cost performance by brand and specification.
- Not understanding the adverse effect that biased fitment of new tyres by axle has on analysis results and purchasing decisions.
- Not appreciating the magnitude of money to be saved by matching the tyre specification to the operation.
- Giving mine maintenance rather than mine production the responsibility for tyres.
Assign these misconceptions to the bin and realise substantial savings to your mining tyre operation.