“Trident offers a range of solid and pneumatic tyres for a wide range of material handling equipment such as forklifts, reach stackers, container handlers, rough terrain forklifts. Equipment India finds out the details from Shyam Gyanani, Director, Trident International.
A star-export house, Trident offers a wide range of sizes that conform to international standards and are distributed in over 25 countries which include the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Close interaction with end-users over a period of 15 years has helped Trident to understand the specific issues faced by them and develop products and solutions to enable them conduct their operations in a cost effective and efficient manner. “Undivided industry-focus has given us specialist domain knowledge that is leveraged to define and find the best solution to issues that the customer faces in the field,” says Shyam Gyanani, Director, Trident International. “Trident aspires to being a single-window solution provider offering solid and pneumatic tyre solutions suited for all industrial and OTR applications,” Shyam adds.
According to him, Trident offers a range of solid and pneumatic tyres for a wide range of material handling equipment such as forklifts, reach stackers, container handlers, rough terrain forklifts. These equipment find applications in the logistics industry, ports, air terminals, etc. “While the use of solid tyres in the material handling segment is well accepted, the use of solid tyres on construction and other specialised equipment is a relatively new phenomenon. However, this has been gaining acceptance as the benefits become more apparent,” informs Shyam.
Trident has developed a range of special-purpose solid tyres specifically designed for skid steer loaders, wheel loaders, container handlers, etc. These machines are normally fitted with pneumatic tyres that are prone to punctures and fast wear. This results in losses associated with frequent repair and replacement, downtime, and leads to additional costs associated with inventory.
Speaking about the advantages of solid tyres, Shyam says, “Solid tyres are puncture-proof and are made from highly wear- resistant rubber compounds. This gives them a lifespan of four to five times that of the conventional pneumatic tyres. Their usage significantly improves occupational safety and operator comfort.” He further adds, “Innovative features such as the use of sidewall apertures for shock absorption when moving over irregular surfaces and debris provide a smooth and stable ride.”
Trident's solid skid-steer tyres are mounted on heavy-duty wheels, and are supplied ready-to-fit onto the machine; no special mounting equipment is required, according to Shyam.
Queried on the cost factor, Shyam has this to say, “Cost continues to be a factor in the wider acceptance of the solid tyre concept, especially when one considers that solid tyres cost three times the price of pneumatic tyres. It is important that the user be educated about the fact that solid tyres are puncture-proof and their life is four to five times that of pneumatic tyres.” Supplementing his argument, Shyam says, “Fewer replacements mean that costs associated with re-purchase, downtime, inventory and repair are significantly reduced. Solid tyres are therefore a viable cost-effective alternative for the user to seriously consider.”
“In fact, the benefits of puncture and damage resistance, and sustained, continuous use of equipment under operational conditions, has prompted many militaries, emergency management agencies, and security contracting firms around the world to switch to solid tyres for certain equipment such as skid and wheeled loaders, and specialised equipment dealing with nuclear and toxic waste removal etc,” adds Shyam.
Aerial work platforms
In India, the aerial work platform (AWP) is fast becoming associated with the overhead construction and maintenance functions at installations such as power plants, airports, highways, commercial complexes, etc. Trident supplies a variety of tyre types and sizes suited to machine and usage. Sizes for machines manufactured by firms such as Genie, JLG, Haulotte, Niftylift, etc are available.
Trident is also a pioneer in the use of solid tyres for AWPs. Trident's range of solid tyres for AWPs have been developed for the international market, where it is mandatory by law that tyres on AWPs be stabilised and puncture-proof. This can be achieved by two ways – foam-filling or using solid tyres.
“The past few years have seen a shift towards the usage of solid tyres on AWPs, from using foam-filled tyres. This has been brought about by a number of factors,” points out Shyam. He elucidates the reasons, “Solid tyres for AWPs have a life-cycle that is three to five times that of foam-filled pneumatic tyres, currently ubiquitous in this field. One of the biggest disadvantages of foam-filled tyres deals with damage foam-filled tyres can easily get damaged in tough environments, and if damaged beyond a certain point, they have to be replaced. Solid tyres are more durable and damage-resistant, and render this problem redundant.” From the environmental point of view, Shyam adds, the reduction of waste disposal volume also has the benefit of making solid tyres a more environment-friendly option.
The most important benefit offered by solid tyres according to Shyam is operator safety. “Being puncture-proof, danger of life-threatening blowouts is automatically eliminated. By virtue of possessing greater weight than conventional foam-filled tyres, solid tyres complement the ballast properties of an AWP, thereby providing additional stability to the equipment. Puncture-proof and wear resistant, these tyres offer a reliable, long-lasting solution for site operators. Maintenance costs are reduced till the end of useful tread depth,” he points out.
Tyres for severe applications
Super-solid tyres are used across a spectrum of severe duty applications such as in steel plants, waste-management, ports and mining. Each of these applications has its inherent characteristics that define tyre usage.
Container-terminal operations involve moving heavy weights over long operational distances and a sustained non-stop pace of operations. Steel plants are littered with molten metal and shards. Scrap yards may have a chemically contaminated surface. Vehicles involved in mining operations often have to surmount steep inclines with rough, sharp, irregular driving surfaces. These applications demand special tyres offering failure-free performance over longer time cycles.
Shyam says, “Trident's Super-Solids are designed for superior wear-resistance and heat-dissipation features, which increase the life-cycle of usage, enhance endurance, and provide improved stability and safety. They are constructed of an elastic carcass which provides for a smooth ride. Users can opt for tyres with sidewall apertures. Various tread patterns are available. Durable construction provides customers with a reliable option that reduces expenses and time-losses incurred due to frequent tyre damage and replacement. Users benefit from a longer usage-cycle, reduced costs and wastage, and a smoother frequency of operations.”