The main objective of tire maintenance is to avoid letting small tire related problems to cause bigger problems, accidents, damages or injuries. When it comes to the tires for heavy equipment, the tires are very big, the tire pressure is very high and the loads that are being carried are very heavy. In addition when problems happen they are not necessarily easy to fix or attend to. The problems can occur deep in the forest or deep down in a mine. These places can be hard to reach, costly to repair and the downtime can be long, resulting in delays and costly repairs.
These facts puts more pressure on having an effective proactive tire maintenance program in place to strive towards reducing any unscheduled downtime and avoiding serious problems such as personnel injuries and costly accidents. The frequency of the preventive maintenance should be assessed based on historical data taking into account the equipment used, the specific tires used and any irregularities. For mining tires working deep down in a mine, working in extremely rough conditions, the maintenance will of course differ than for backhoe tires doing road maintenance and the cost implications might differ. The same goes for forestry tires, where getting stuck deep in the forest will have some potentially significant cost impacts.
Not only the frequency and the quality of the maintenance is of important, the quality of the tires and that the tire selection process is done correctly becomes almost as important if not even more important. The procurement department has to work share the information to ensure that they both work together at achieving the best overall cost effective solution that increases productivity and reduces all related costs including both the scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs.
Hopefully by procuring the right tire, that are optimized for the work that is being performed and are made for the loads and conditions, then you will have less maintenance and fewer problems, resulting in better work morale combined with fewer personnel injuries. Delays and waiting around for things to get fixed is never good for the workers and it is costly and often causes delays to the overall project. So if you notice too many unscheduled downtime, then check both your tire selection and your maintenance process.
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