Bandag launches OTR tread rubber product line
Through a supply agreement, Bandag Inc. is launching a new precure tread rubber product line for off-the-road tires called Continuum.
The Continuum line includes two serpentine tread designs which offer greater flexibility than other retread application methods and products, says the company.
“Retreading OTR equipment tires has traditionally been done with mold cure or hand-sculpture methods. Our new serpentine tread rubber design simplifies the retread application method for a diverse cross section of equipment used in the construction, mining and port industries,” says Robert Otting, Bandag’s product manager, global tire products. “When finished and cured, the retread will have a consistent, new-tire appearance far superior to the hand-sculpted method used by many tire retreaders.”
The serpentine tread rubber is produced in pre-measured segments so there is no need to cut or splice. “You simply apply the tread segments to a radial or bias tire, adjust the gap between segments and fill the gap with repair gum,” says Otting, “Continuum is a premium product that delivers an attractive, high-performance retreaded tire.”
The serpentine design is available with Continuum 1040 and 1070 and is intended for loader, grader, dozer, articulated dump trucks, and similar construction and material handling equipment. Eight additional Continuum tread designs are also available for specific applications in the mining and port industries.
Continuum tread and ancillary materials will be sold to retreaders who specialize in the off-the-road market. All Continuum retreading materials are produced to specifications in a Bandag facility that is certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2000).