Erlau’s Sideflex tyre protection system deflects rock debris away from tyres
Sideflex from Erlau is said to deflect rock debris away from tyre walls
Identifying the cost and downtime caused by damaged sidewalls on dumptrucks used in mining and quarry applications, Erlau has developed the Sideflex tyre protection system, which is claimed to be capable of deflecting rock debris away from tyre walls.
Using bolt-on segments that form an Armadillo-like layer of protection covering the outer sidewall of an earthmoving tyre, Sideflex affords high-speed use, unlike traditional tyre chain protection systems, which offer limited speeds in use.
“Comprehensive tyre protection from chains would slow haul trucks and raise fuel consumption to unacceptable levels,” said Greg Siese, Erlau sales manger for tyre protection systems. “Sideflex provides a high-speed alternative while maintaining a high degree of tyre protection.”
Erlau’s Sideflex system can be retro-fitted to dumptrucks in the 80-400tonne sector. It provides a robust and lightweight shield that uses polyethylene segments bolted on to a steel frame that is fastened to the wheel’s hub