Tire Management through Commercial Systems

Tires are a valuable asset in mine operations. The limited supply from manufacturers cannot cover the continuous demand of tires for mining equipment. Protecting the investment by prolonging the life of tires for trucks, wheel dozers, front-end loaders and other vehicles has become a critical task in many mines. Commercial systems for managing tires like Klinge® help to keep track of a tire, its location and position in the vehicle, tire rotation analysis, and the remaining time that they can be put into circulation. The integration of the data collected by these systems and a corporate data warehouse that contains all data operations of mining equipment provides a valuable source of performance analysis and optimization opportunities. Using Data Mining techniques and experience-based criteria, a strategy plan for tire life prediction and tire usage optimization can be implemented.