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RUD Chains to show Sideflex at Hillhead 2014

Sideflex

Hillhead 2014 will see RUD Chains Ltd displaying their advanced tyre-protection chains and latest innovative Sideflex solution, which is an inventive and robust device that offers a practical solution to the ever-present challenge of sidewall damage to dumptruck tyres. Also on show from the company will be a range of complete conveyor systems for bucket elevators, scraper conveyors, drag chain conveyors, screw conveyors and apron feeders.

Sideflex, one of RUD’s latest innovations and a feature at the show, provides a cost-effective solution to the very well-known problem of sidewall damage to expensive and valuable dumptruck tyres, for construction and mining equipment in particular earthmoving machines.

Anyone in the industry knows the continuous vulnerability truck tyres face to sidewall damage from haul road rock debris and accidental impact. Tyre-protection chains would not be a compatible option, according to RUD Chains; slowing the trucks down, raising fuel consumption, damage to tyres through blowout and delays in production time, so decided a solution was needed.

Sideflex is an easy to fit, lightweight shield which simply deflects rock and debris from the tyre wall. The device fits firmly within the wheel hub and almost brushes the ground preventing rock and debris from penetrating the tyre wall. Protective arms radiate from a central retaining ring and form a shield covering the sidewall.

The Sideflex components are quick and easy to assemble; the mounting ring is simply secured to the rim assembly through a selection of specific adapter nuts and extension supports. Tensioning brackets are installed around the rim base to guarantee smooth and even rotation of the shield segments. The shield segments are then attached to the mounting ring to offer complete sidewall protection of your tyre.

Visit RUD at Hillhead 2014 on stand W6 for more information.

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