One of the main challenges mine operators faced today is to reduce the cost per ton by improving operational efficiency, while still ensuring safety for all within the workplace, and thus increasing profitability but for them to achieve this goal, Michelin – the world leading tire company that is dedicated to enhancing clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires has come out with new MICHELIN XDR3 that responds to the needs of mine operators which incorporating three key innovations together to increase tire life by a minimum of 10 per cent compared to its predecessor, the MICHELIN XDR 2.
The MICHELIN XDR3 innovation that is known as “revolutionary new tread pattern” can be compared with its predecessor that offers multiple benefits that better endurance due to improved heat dissipation capabilities – 8°C cooler in the tread area, greater volume of tread rubber is in contact with the ground which improves wear and ensures better load distribution throughout the contact patch due to a lower contact pressure, it also interlock shoulder blocks resist excessive movement during cornering and further reduce tire wear.
The product also has a four innovative rubber compounds, (MB4, MB, MC4, MC) with an exclusive new mixing process ensures a more uniform composition of rubber compounds and a superior level of carbon black dispersion that increases wear resistance.
Each unique compound offers specific performance characteristics adapted to site conditions and usage, from high wear resistance to high thermal capacity for speed.
The brand of the product “Corrosion isolating steel cables” are high-strength steel cables used in the tire’s casing and are 10 per cent stronger than in the XDR2 which encapsulated in rubber to prevent the spread of corrosion within the casing, and extends the life of the tire.
The MICHELIN XDR3 MEMS (1) is also possible to quickly and easily install state-of-the-art data sensors to capture and transmit temperature and pressure information in real time.
Michelin’s Research and Development teams spent more than six years developing this new tire to ensure that it fully meets the expectations and needs of customers and during the extensive testing process more than 25 million kilometres were travelled, which is the equivalent of circling the earth 625 times.
The 40.00 R57 MICHELIN XDR3 is now available, while the 53/80 R63 will be available from January 2017.