Understanding the Types of Rubber Tires Used Within the Material Handling Industry
rubber tires. Let’s take a look at the different kinds of rubber tires available and how they are used within the material handling industry. Every tire material and structure has its pros and cons. Each one has an intended use that varies based on truck type, environment, and application.
POB or Cushion Tires
Polyurethane tires fill an essential gap in the material handling industry. These tires offer superior performance to rubber in many instances. The lightweight material provides durable abrasion and wear resistance, load-bearing capabilities, and impact resistance. These dynamic properties lead to stronger resistance to splitting, tearing, and chunking in comparison to rubber. This material is only suitable for indoor use, unlike rubber, but it is known to deliver a much longer lifespan. These tires also provide excellent traction and low-rolling resistance which enhances stability and extends battery life.
These tires are primarily used in North America, whereas other regions more commonly use industrial resilient tires. These tires are constructed by molding solid rubber on to a steel band. The name POB, or Press-On Band, stems from the band that is pressed onto the hub. Depending on the application requirements, smooth or traction tires are available. They are also available in black or non-marking versions.
Polyurethane is a very dynamic material, but there are instances where rubber tires are the best choice. Poly tires do not hold up as well to rough floors, whereas rubber tires can be used in indoor and outdoor environments. Their versatility, comfort, and lower costs make them a viable choice for many applications. Common environments for resilient rubber tires include factory, distribution and manufacturing settings.
Stellana is the leading global manufacturer of VULKOLLAN®, polyurethane, rubber, thermoplastic, and TPU wheels. With more than 60 years of industry experience, we are the material handling industry's largest global supplier of polymer wheels. Strategically located in Sweden, Germany, the United States, China, and Sri Lanka, we offer a comprehensive range of wheels and tires.