Aggregates Manager

November 2013

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Equipment Management Ensuring proper tire pressure may be the single most important step you can take to extend the life of your tires. Avoid downtime and extend tire life by focusing on site conditions and proper care and handling of tires. by Steve White TenTips for Tires D owntime can cost significant money. Aggregates employees move fast and seek the optimal productivity on their site. Taking proper care of tires should be a best practice at all operations because it allows operators to maximize tire life and extract the full value from their tire assets. In addition to their impact on profits and productivity, well-maintained tires improve safety. While there are some instances of downtime that are unavoidable, there are measures to take with your equipment that can help avoid those associated costs. Basic tire maintenance and monitoring is easy. Start with the following 10 maintenance tips to ensure that tires operate at peak levels throughout any season, and anticipate immediate improvement regarding tire performance. While an in-depth tire management and maintenance program will reap significant benefits, just paying attention to these basic areas will help provide more productive, longer-lasting tires and avoid that costly downtime. TIP 1 – Conduct a visual inspection. Start with a visual inspection of the vehicle's tires, looking for signs of irregular wear, deep cracks, cuts, or other major problems in the tread or shoulder of the tire. Inspect the rim hardware for any signs of cracks or flange damage. It is also important to check the valve hardware for signs of damage or wear. If a dealer or tire manufacturer representative inspects the tires, join them on one of their inspections to learn more about what to look for during an inspection. Visual inspections familiarize the operator with proper tire appearance at proper inflation pressure. They usually allow the operator to detect more serious inflation pressure issues with a quick inspection. TIP 2 – Require a pre-operation inspection. Get vehicle operators involved during the walk-around inspection of the vehicle before beginning operation. Aggregates Manager November 2013 EM_AGRM1113.indd 29 29 10/17/13 2:41 PM

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