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Long Live the Stellana Tire: A remarkable life of 9,190.40 hours

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How long will a polyurethane tire last? This is a hard question to answer, and the best answer would be "it depends" because the life is not the same for any two products. Our engineers can calculate estimates for how long they should last, but the material, tire size, load, speed, floor, and environmental conditions all play a factor. The pictured tire may be an outlier, but its life span is pretty impressive. Bill Rohan, Parts Manager at Trupar America, sent us this photo of a diamond grooved Gmax™ tire that was just shy of turning four years old while on the job. After being placed on the equipment October 15, 2015, this tire just retired July 2, 2019, with total usage of 9190.40 hours. This tire's life in hours equates to 1 year and 18 days of use, but it was not running continuously. Impressively though, it was working around the clock approximately 47 hours a week over the last 193 weeks. This number, 9190.40, is over double a 4,000.00-hour life – which would be c…

Are excessive warranty headaches calling for a breakup with your supplier?

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Stellana wheels are used throughout several industries. In all cases, our wheels serve as a piece to a greater assembly. Our parts often provide mobility or movement to the equipment they accompany. When a wheel fails in production or the field, the structure cannot function as intended, and the customer file warranty claim. Frequent failure and warranty issues play a significant role in the buyer's decision to choose a new supplier.
Many of our customers have chosen Stellana as a supplier to escape their warranty issues. In one specific instance, we have sent a scissor lift manufacturer over 13,000 parts - many of which have been in use for several years. To date, the Stellana components that the customer has received have resulted in zero warranty claims – and this is a realistic expectation for your supplier. The elimination of warranty has greatly reduced their costs. Overabundant warranty claims should not be a part of your supplier relationship.
Why are frequent claims a pro…

What makes Stellana’s safety culture different?

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What makes Stellana’s safety culture different? Safety is a topic that is being heavily discussed by the material handling industry this month. Tuesday, June 11th marks National Forklift Safety Day. This day provides a chance for forklift manufacturers to highlight proper forklift usage, the value of thorough operator training, and the importance of regular equipment checks. While this is an event intended to raise forklift safety awareness, this day opens the dialogue for greater safety awareness in all daily activities. At Stellana, safety is a yearlong commitment practiced every day in all operations. After a recent plant-wide safety inspection, we find it timely to discuss how unified safety practices can create the best work environments.
To retain worker’s compensation insurance, we must receive quarterly inspections. During this time, losses from the year are reviewed, and the facility is toured to evaluate the practices in place, workstation ergonomics, and any other changes to…

Q&A: Piper Howell, Stellana Engineer, on the MIT Hyperloop II Pod Unveil

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The Hyperloop pod competition was first announced in 2015 by SpaceX. Student teams were challenged to design and build the best functioning, innovative prototypes of high-speed pods. Since the announcement in 2015, three competitions have taken place in January 2017, August 2017, and July 2018. Over the course of the competitions, Stellana has gained recognition by demonstrating success through their wheels and tires. This year we are working with a couple of groups, one of which is MIT Hyperloop II. Piper Howell, Stellana Engineer, has worked closely with this team and was able to attend the pod unveil May 22. We have put together a brief Q&A to provide some insight into the competition and the future of this alternative transportation.
How did Stellana begin working with MIT Hyperloop II?
The lead of MIT’s team, Vik Parthiban, had participated in a prior competition as an undergraduate student in Texas. After beginning graduate school at MIT, he took on the role as their team capt…

Beyond the Forklift: 7 Surprising Applications for Polyurethane Wheels

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What application comes to mind when you think of polyurethane wheels and tires? I would bet forklifts do for many of you. While a countless number of our polyurethane wheels and tires are used on forklifts, our materials excel within a variety of other applications. Our engineering expertise and manufacturing experience allow us to produce high-quality polyurethane for a variety of industries that you may not have imagined.
Stellana is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of molded polyurethane products. Our engineering team consists of mechanical and chemical engineers who have a unique understanding of polymer formation. This department is equipped to tackle product design, tooling, material selection and carry out a variety of performance analytics. Whether it is a new design or one in need of improvement, our engineers find a way to offer the best solution.
7 Surprising Applications
At Stellana, we think of ourselves as application specialists because of our ability to provide u…

Top 3 Reasons We Recommend the max90

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Polyurethane is a versatile material that is known for its favorable qualities such as durability, chemical resistance, and overall resilience. Polyurethane’s chemistry can be modified to accentuate the desired material properties for each unique application. The max90 tire was formulated for you if:
1. You are handling very heavy loads at high speeds The max90 is made from a 90-durometer polyurethane material. Durometer refers to the hardness of the material and it had a lot to do with the tire’s performance. At Stellana, our polyurethane tires range from 70-95 durometer. The max90’s unique polymer formation tolerates extreme load capacity and fast speeds.With the demands for increased SKUs, expedited delivery and higher volumes of e-commerce purchases and returns, your fleets are constantly moving! The max90 will keep up with the higher speed requirements and carry heavier loads. This tire was engineered to withstand more stress while retaining the positive attributes of a lower durom…

Customer Success Story - Fitzgerald Equipment

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About Fitzgerald Equipment Fitzgerald Equipment has been a part of the material handling industry since 1962 as a service provider and distributor of best-in-class material handling products. The company distributes lift trucks and provides leasing and rental services. Their team of professionals offers around-the-clock repair and service, high-quality products, parts and rentals for all material handling needs. 
A need for change Before introducing Stellana’s Tmax tires, Fitzgerald Equipment was facing constant frustration with the drive tires on their enclosed end rider trucks. Operators were experiencing a lack of traction, poor steering ability, and rider discomfort. Not only were these problems creating a nuisance, but a safety hazard, as well. 
Through continual observation and repair, the service techs noticed that with use the drive tires were developing a prominent sheen on the tire surface. The compromised surface was the result of one issue but became the root of additional…