When working down in the harsh conditions of a mine, you will both need to rely on your workers performing and that your equipment continue to operate with minimum downtime. Mines tend to be dark and dusty and working with heavy loads within confined spaces, where you need good maneuverability in small areas, while working side by side with other equipment.
With the plentitude of sharp rocks, the tires will
need to be very durable and puncture resistance, often achieved through some
form of reinforcement. Cut and crack resistance rubber compound is essential,
as you work in circumstances where any downtime can be very expensive and can
cause big delays, while the equipment is being repaired. These are not cheap
equipment and the tires are also not cheap tires, so ensuring that they last
and do not break down will make the operations more profitable.
Tire maintenance is key to ensure that the tires
are kept in good condition and that they are not damaged during the shift. A
visual inspection should be done daily at the end of the shift, to ensure that
you start the next day with good tires and good working conditions. Anything
that happens down in the mines will be more severe and costly than happening up
at ground level.
tires are built to handle the conditions that you
experience within the mines; this doesn’t mean that all tires are the same.
Some will have better properties for certain conditions, while other tires for
other conditions. Trying to save money on tires is often a very expensive mistake.
You basically need the tyre that fits for the conditions and environment that
you will be working within. Durability and the crack and cut resistance is key
to ensure low down time. The mine loader tires
and the articulated
dump truck tires need to be of the highest quality, with the
best properties for working in mines and the conditions associated with that.
Low rolling resistance of tire will still impact the fuel consumption down in
the mines and should be take into consideration when choosing tires.
When you deal with underground mines, you have by default tricky working conditions. Underground hard rock mining are created are created by digging holes and excavating to find minerals or metals. In practice it is very similar to building tunnels in part similar equipment is used. It is all about breaking ground and removing it, so you excavate and dump it in a dump truck for removal. For tunneling the aim is just the hole from one side to another, while the mines you just want to rich mineral rich compounds.
The working conditions tend to be similar between
tunneling and mining, as you have confined spaces; you carry heavy loads while
excavating and getting rid of broken rocks via dump trucks. The conditions for
the equipment is harsh, with very sharp rocks, so the tires will sustain
constant abuse while working. So from a
durability point of view, you will need the best possible tires. Maneuverability,
so that you can move in tight spaces becomes critical, good grip and then to
ensure that you have a good cut and crack resistant rubber compound.
When it comes to mining
tires, you can always create good puncture resistance
through using chains or deep groves. Groove indicators make it easy to read how
much depth remains. Avoiding unscheduled downtime due to tire failures or
equipment problems is something that you really want to avoid working below
ground. The limited space and the dependency of other vehicles make these
breakdowns expensive and often time consuming. You want trouble free service life from your
tires, to ensure a smooth operation. Good grip will ensure that you can work
safer and that work conditions will not slow you down. You also need to be able to maneuver with
good precision within the limited space and have good stability while you work.
tires and the mine loader tires
should be checked at the end of each day. The best is to wash them and see if
there are any visual damages. It is always easier to do a scheduled maintenance
that to do an unscheduled repair. Proper tyres will have low wear and low
rolling resistance, so that your fuel consumption will be low while working. Check
that you are operating with the correct tire pressure based on your load for