Savannah, GA,
29
July
2014
|
06:08 AM
America/New_York

Extending Steel Wheel Service Life

Summary


The wheels on tractor-trailer units are subject to harsh environmental forces: ice and snow, rain, heat and sun, gravel and road debris. The sand, road salt and chemicals used to keep highways clear of ice and snow deteriorates standard wheel finishes.

The wheels on tractor-trailer units are subject to harsh environmental forces: ice and snow, rain, heat and sun, gravel and road debris. The sand, road salt and chemicals used to keep highways clear of ice and snow deteriorates standard wheel finishes.

As a solution to this problem, Accuride introduced Steel Armor™, which the company says can save fleets thousands of dollars in maintenance cost annually. The advanced coating technology, introduced in 2013 for commercial vehicle steel wheels, is now standard across all of the company's steel wheels and is proprietary to Accuride. Accuride's Steel Armor wheels now come standard on all Great Dane models.

It employs a three-phase coating process with enhanced corrosion-fighting properties that extend steel wheel service life up to two additional years, compared to standard coatings currently in use. The process begins with the application of the proprietary formula of tri-metal zinc phosphate. Next, Accuride's new best-in-class cathodic epoxy electrocoat (e-coat) is optimized for sharp-edge and overall corrosion protection. The final step is an exacting application of premium powder coat, formulated exclusively for Accuride to meet the tough demands of the heavy truck environment.