TITLE

SEPARATED AT BIRTH: Two-Piece Tire Assembly Comes Apart at the Tread

AUTHOR(S)
Hampton, Tudor
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
ENR: Engineering News-Record;9/01/2003, Vol. 251 Issue 9, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio has rolled out a package that some claim is the most innovative creation in the company's 105-year history. Product engineers say the new two-piece tire assembly grew out of a need in the mining business to cut the time it takes mechanics to change tires on off-road trucks. The assembly's outer tread is held tightly against the casing by air pressure and can be swapped in about three hours, according to various mine operators that Goodyear enlisted in a two-year field test. But improved vehicle availability is not the only benefit, design is also affected. Goodyear is ambiguous about pricing and future plans, but it says it may explore the concept for use on other construction equipment and even on-road vehicles.
ACCESSION #
10761173

 

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