TIA Assembles OTR Tire and Wheel Weights in Free Guide for Technicians
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has compiled the average and maximum weights of more than 500 off-the-road tires, as well as more than 100 wheels. The information is available in a free download. TIA released the OTR Tire and Rim Weight Charts during the 2019 Off-the-Road Tire Conference.
The tire chart features both bias and radial tires. Both charts highlight the average weight, as the maximum weight. TIA collected data from multiple tire and wheel manufacturers and used thousands of data points to determine the average and maximum weights.
The OTR Tire and Rim Weight Chart includes the maximum assembly weight so technicians can determine the approximate weight for the tire with and without the wheel. On larger assemblies, the individual rim components can weigh 100 pounds or more, which creates additional risk for the technician when they don’t know how much it weighs. All of the weights are list in pounds and kilograms.
“We are excited to provide this new safety resource for the OTR tire service industry and will make the Charts available to the industry at no charge,” says John Evankovich, president of TIA. “Part of our mission is to improve tire safety through training and education, so resources like these should be available to every OTR tire technician. The board of directors unanimously agreed that these charts should be downloaded, duplicated, and disseminated as quickly as possible because the weight of OTR tires and rims create a safety hazard that must be addressed immediately.”
Both charts are available, in .pdf format, on the TIA website, www.tireindustry.org. Here are direct links for both charts:
“This project is another example of why TIA is the leader in tire technician training and certification,” says Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training for TIA. “The OTR Tire and Rim Weight Chart provides technicians with the information they need to make sure the articulating cranes, manipulators and chains are capable of safely handling the load of the tire or the tire and rim assembly. The OTR Rim and Wheel Chart includes the total weight of the rim/wheel as well as the individual component weights so technicians can make better decisions when handling rims and rim parts. We are confident these resources will result in improved workplace safety in the global OTR tire industry.”