The confusing list of compound and tread designs in industrial truck tires and wheels – unnecessary or purposeful?

The seemingly exhaustive list of compounds and tread designs available in the industrial tire and wheel market could be considered as unnecessary for some, but the existence of these complex choices is justified if we consider the thousand different combinations of usage conditions - which result from the different types of floor conditions, different loads and different speed requirements – we encounter today.

Tire and wheel producers, relying on their established experience and expertise, group together these broad combinations of usage conditions to create a simpler list of product offerings that matched specific requirements in each group. For example, optimum tire performance in wet conditions is not always achieved simply by using grooved or siped tires, but rather by combining unconventional smooth tires fitted with more suitable high traction compounds. In another example, the load capability of a tire or wheel might not be the only consideration, but rather the tear strength of the compound should also be considered to find the most resilience tire for an extreme duty condition.

The subtle design objective of each tire profile could significantly improve productivity and reduce cost when properly employed. For instance, high reach class II industrial trucks could have both greater stability and longer work life with the larger footprint of the TSW (Tapered Side Wall) profile rather than that of a traditional SF (Smooth Flat) profile.

Superior Tire & Rubber Corp. has conducted thorough research and worked in conjunction with truck manufacturers to find the best solutions that matched particular usage demands. So, Superior Tire & Rubber Corp. offers both an extensive Polyurethane compound range, such as our Cushothane®, Cushothane® EZTM, Cushothane® XLTM, Cushothane® XL-ACTM compounds, with multiple groove, sipe, profile options, and consulting services to match every usage condition.


About Superior Tire & Rubber Corp.

Founded in 1964, Superior Tire & Rubber Corp. is a designer and manufacturer of polyurethane and rubber industrial components for the material handling, construction, agricultural, military and mining industries. All Superior Tire & Rubber Corp.’s product offerings are proudly engineered and produced in the USA on state of the art processing and machining equipment, overseen by quality management systems registered to ISO 9001:2008. Superior Tire & Rubber Corp. also owns multiple patents on many innovative products that have become new industry standards.


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