Solid Waste Management Operations encompass the entire spectrum that begins with waste collection and ends with disposal or recycling. With the increased awareness on environmental preservation and recycling of waste, the dimension of mechanised waste handling has increased in significance. Municipal waste is now transported to waste processing centres where it is separated and as the case may be – is also recovered for use in recycled goods, or even in the generation of energy.
Waste-handling at the processing and material-recovery facilities is increasingly mechanised, and is being performed by equipment such as back hoe loaders, skid steers, wheel loaders etc. These machines are normally fitted with pneumatic tyres that are prone to punctures and fast wear in this extremely abrasive and abusive environment. A typical example of such conditions would be sorting centres that separate glass and metals for recycling. In such conditions losses associated with frequent repair and replacement, downtime, and additional costs associated with excess inventory of spares are inevitable.
Solid tyres are ideally suited for this application. Solid tyres are puncture-proof and are made from highly wear resistant rubber compounds. This gives them a lifespan that is four to five times that of conventional pneumatic tyres. Solid tyres significantly improve occupational safety as there is no possibility of tyre blowout related accidents. One can imagine the impact of such an incident at a waste management facility.
Innovative features include the use of sidewall apertures for shock absorption when moving over irregular surfaces and debris thereby providing a smooth and stable ride. This feature indirectly also prolongs the life of the equipment by lessening the impact of stresses and strains on the chassis.
Solid tyres for waste management are designed for superior wear-resistance and heat-dissipation, which increase the lifecycle of usage, enhance endurance and provide improved stability. They are constructed out of an elastic carcass which provides for a smooth ride. Different tread patterns are available. Greater footprint produces more pushing capacity, maximizing the machine’s performance thus increasing productivity. Durable construction provides customers with a reliable option that reduces expenses and time-losses incurred due to frequent tyre damage and replacement. Users benefit from a longer usage-cycle, reduced costs and wastage, and a smoother frequency of operations.
Costs associated with puncture-related issues such as machine downtime, idle operator time and operational delays are automatically eliminated. Fewer replacements mean that costs associated with re-purchase, downtime, inventory and repair are significantly reduced.
Solid tyres are therefore a viable cost-effective alternative for the customer to consider. Besides providing the user complete peace of mind, these zero-maintenance tyres are a sound investment for application in waste management operations.