Stop burning rubber, start saving money
Published: 04 September, 2009
LEICESTER: There may be rumours of green shoots, but operations managers are still looking to cut as much cost out of their forklift truck operations as possible. Operators that spend excessively on forklift tyres may be pleased to learn about a small device from Transmon, that reduces tyre wear by up to 400%.
According to Transmon Engineering, up to 80% of tyre wear that occurs on a forklift truck is caused by wheel spin and directional change while moving. By fitting a small device known as Tyre Savure to the truck, overall tyre wear can be instantly reduced by 200 to 400%, dramatically increasing tyre life.
Any IC forklift truck with torque converter transmission can benefit from Transmon's Tyre Savure system, which prevents the operator from selecting drive mode, unless the road speed and engine speed are below acceptable limits. The tyres are therefore protected against the ongoing damage that can be caused by aggressive direction changes during movement and the resulting wheel spin.
Paul Sercombe, sales director of Leicester based Transmon Engineering says: "Tyre Savure not only increases tyre life, but also helps to correct driving style, including habits that are sometimes picked up by operators. This contributes to a reduction in overall costs, with the system paying for itself in as little as six months".
This system helps to enhance onsite safety and reduces the possibility of damage caused to either the vehicle or to the stock that is being transported. Fuel consumption is also reduced by Tyre Savure, reducing further cost as well as emissions.
"Wear and damage to the transmission, caused by directional change during travel, is significantly reduced by Tyre Savure," Mr Sercomb continues. "It helps to sustain the truck's condition and minimise the maintenance, parts and downtime required per truck contract, therefore minimising expenditure," he explains, describing that it helps prevent damage to the half-shaft, planetary gears, crown wheel, pinion gear, reduction box and clutch pack.
Mr Sercomb also points out that housekeeping costs can be reduced, thanks to the minimised floor marks and tyre dust, as a result of the minimised wheel spin.
The Tyre Savure can be quickly and easily fitted in a day, to IC trucks. Transmon provides an extensive range of Savure products, designed to deliver cost effective, safe and green solutions to materials handling operations.