No other retread is a Michelin.
That’s why STTC relies exclusively on Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT) for our entire truck tire retreading process. Michelin tire retreads are built with computer-controlled Michelin precision, to Michelin standards, using Michelin new-tire rubber compounds and tread designs.
There’s a reason STTC uses MRT—no other inspection and retread process utilizes Michelin new-tire technology, materials, and quality standards to deliver genuine Michelin performance. Retreads built using the MRT are the first and only retreads built with:
STTC is proud to be an authorized Oliver dealer. Oliver is America’s 1st retread rubber brand with more than 100 years of experience. The Oliver retread process offers exclusive features that enhance traction and durability and deliver consistent results you can count on.
The following content highlights our retreading service, but feel free to skip to the section that interests you.
A unique grazing light technique is used from shoulder to bead to detect subtle irregularities that might indicate potential problem areas.
Powerful electronic currents pinpoint otherwise invisible defects.
Suspected steel damage, identified during grazing light inspection, is examined by fluoroscopic x-ray. This advanced x-ray system reveals the status of the steel belts and cables hidden within the casing.
A computer-controlled radial buffing system is used to ensure optimal undertread depth. Precise buffing is critical to retread performance as a correct undertread contour promotes long, even treadware.
The MRT laser-light Casing Integrity Analyzer uses laser beams to map the inner contour of the casing, spotting any hidden separations.
Any necessary repairs are completed via heat curing, ensuring optimal adhesion and improved tear resistance.
MRT Builder Balance Improvement is used to index tread and cushion joints, guaranteeing a better, smoother ride with less irregular wear.
Hot cushion gum is extruded onto the tire casing, creating a strong tread-to-casing bond. Our computer-controlled Tread Builder ensures correct tread positioning.
Pre-Mold retreads are double-vacuum-enveloped, creating uniform mechanical pressure that promotes full integration of repairs.
Pre-Mold retreads are cured to Michelin protocols for time, temperature, and pressure.
No retread leaves the STTC plant without undergoing a comprehensive final inspection, ensuring that all finished retreads adhere to Michelin’s stringent quality standards.
In running your fleet, it’s critical to meet ongoing environmental targets and capitalize on the available financial incentives. Our team at STTC has worked with fleet operators across the country to guide them on the environmental advantages of tire retreading. And within our latest post, we’re exploring these benefits and explaining their value to your business.
The data shows that 21 gallons of oil are used to produce one new tire. While only 7 gallons of oil are used to produce each retread tire. This means that 14 gallons of oil are saved each time a company chooses a retread tire over the equivalent new tire option.
The number of tires now in landfills is now at over 800 million. And the data shows that re-using tires before they become scrap products can help to reduce the landfill impact by a factor of three to four.
The material comprising the tires can also be used more effectively when used in the tire retreading process. They contain 75% post-consumer material, ensuring that material that would otherwise not be available for use in the marketplace is now reworked back into the production process.
Tire retreading is now a quickly growing industry, both in the United States and across the globe. The studies show that 13 million tires are retread annually, ensuring that their materials remain out of the local landfills and are used more effectively to help companies support their environmental initiatives.
Beyond the environmental benefits, there are many business advantages to consider when reviewing tire retreading. Growing fleets across the country are now generating significant economic value simply by turning to retreading over new tires.
These economic benefits include:
A retread tire costs on average 1.5 cents per mile compared with a new tire that costs on average 4.5 cents per mile over its lifetime.
Retread tires offer superior fuel-efficiency compared with lower quality foreign made new tires.
The retread tire costs about $150 to $200 less per tire than the average new tire, helping growing fleets reduce their capital investments significantly.
There has been some controversy over tire retreading in recent years, with many raising concerns about retread’s safety and effectiveness. Undoubtedly, this is also somewhat due to tire retreading being partially unregulated, and therefore creating some variance in the quality of products on the market.
However, the truth is this: When you have tire retreaded which is by a certified service center using manufacturer-guaranteed retreading systems, the result is no different than buying a new tire. It’s just cheaper. Multiple studies have concluded that a properly-done retreading does not compromise safety or tire longevity. As a result, retreading has been embraced throughout many industries, including those with “can’t fail” standards such as aircraft, military vehicles, and school buses!
BIB TREAD™ Software System
Using barcodes, your casings are tracked from their pickup to their return with STTC’s BIB TREAD™ software system. Casing barcodes are continually scanned throughout the entire retread and repair process, which means that all casing information (retread specifications, etc.) is displayed at each step in the process. This comprehensive management allows STTC to ensure rigorous adherence to fleet-defined business rules, including specs according to manufacturer, size, and tread design.
During the retread and repair process, BIB TREAD not only provides information, it gathers it as well, producing detailed reports that provide you with total accountability of your assets:
The analysis of these reports can help you identify problems, build solutions, and, most importantly, validate those solutions. BIB TREAD also helps improve your inventory control by:
An STTC Michelin retread bearing the following DOT: KAY, EBR, EKA, or YLT will be covered by this warranty.
Defects in Workmanship & Material Life of the Tread Warranty
If above described tire, upon presentation to STTC, is determined to have become unserviceable due to a defect in our workmanship or material involved in the actual retreading of the tire, STTC will either retread the tire or issue a credit on a pro-rata wear basis. The replacement price will be based on the customer’s buying price. This warranty will remain valid until a remaining tread depth of 4/32 of an inch or a period of two years from the purchase of the retread as dated on the retread DOT number.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about commercial truck tire retreading, and it’s costing fleet managers as well as owner-operators a lot of money! There is still a widespread belief that retreading is somehow dangerous, lowers fuel efficiency, or otherwise isn’t cost effective – but that’s simply not true anymore.
Yes, there was once a time that tire retreading could be a bit problematic – but that was back in the 1980s. In the decades since, retreading has become a perfected science. It’s so reliable that manufacturers like Michelin will now offer full, like-new warranties on retreaded tires using their systems! That should tell you all you need to know. If retreads were even slightly less reliable than new tires, would tire manufacturers be offering full warranties?
No, they wouldn’t.
In the meantime, tire retreads can offer you substantial benefits over new truck tires, including:
Aretreaded tire costs less than half what a new tire costs! It’s exactly like getting a new tire, except you spend far less to have it done. Furthermore:
The exact number will vary from tire to tire, but at a minimum, most tires can handle at least three retreads. Again, that restores them to like-new condition, and with full mileage and warranty protections attached. Over the lifetime of a truck, that can add up to huge savings – and with no compromises.
A lot of rubber goes into making tires, and that’s contributing to our overall over-reliance on petroleum products. Disposing of old tires can also create significant environmental and landfill hassles. Retreads don’t solve the problem entirely, but they can definitely help. A typical tire retreading uses a third of the petroleum in its manufacture than a new tire.
And, again, those environmental savings add up every time a tire is retreaded.
Each retread manufacturer offers tread designs for virtually any operating application Retreads are just as versatile as new tires.
Commercial fleet operators must continually review the bottom line to ensure a full return on investment in their vehicles. Many utilizing options such as tire retreading as they look to consolidate their costs further in 2018. In this latest post, our team at STTC highlights the top five reasons to use tire retreading for your commercial fleet.
Some of the reasons so many commercial fleet operators use tire retreading is because the retreads offer optimal tire wear, superior traction, and safety for the vehicle. To highlight this point, government agencies often choose retread tires for ambulances and fire trucks, which require the highest level of safety for quality performance. The data shows that bald tires and underinflated tires are the likeliest cause of tire-related accidents, and so proper tire maintenance is of the utmost importance.
The most expensive part of the tire is the casing, which is why it’s important to preserve the life of the casing even if retreading the rubber on the exterior. Rather than having to replace the entire tire when the rubber diminishes, companies can avail themselves of the retreading process and achieve like-new performance. Because tires represent the largest part of the average maintenance budget for fleet operators, retreading can lead to significant profit enhancement.
Many fleet operators are now turning to green initiatives to showcase their company’s commitment to the local environment. Tire retreading is an important part of this process. The process of tire retreading uses 15 fewer gallons of oil per tire than required to manufacture a new tire product. Carbon emissions and material use are also reduced when committing to tire retreading processes. Additionally, a tire that is retreaded is one less that needs to be disposed of. This means companies can help improve the environment while reducing their in-house costs significantly.
Another clear advantage of retread tires is that the tire is designed to offer durable performance over the years ahead. Because they are made of similar rubber compounds and tread designs as new tires they wear in a similar amount of time as new tires. Most retread tires will last several years when maintained effectively.
You can now find retread tires for all types of fleet vehicle. This is ideal for those with growing fleets that require tires for various kinds of trucks. The marketplace provides a full range of options from which to select, so you can find the ideal option that provides safety and vehicle performance for the long-term.
As a technology, tire retreading continues to advance alongside other shipping tech. Retreading has existed for about a century, and every decade brings improvements: Easier methods of retreading, better lifespans, and improved all-around results for owners.
Today is no different. Tire retreading is better than ever, with even more benefits to owners and fleet managers. These are just a few of the ways modern retreaded tires are the best yet.
Four Big New Improvements in Tire Retreading
1 – Automation
Automation has made its way into tire retreading, and it’s improving both speed and quality of the finished product. Many processes which had to be done by hand in the past, such as buffing away the old tread or performing QC inspection, can now be done as part of automated processes. However, some processes like the Michelin one have more automation than others.
2 – Improved Quality Control
Going hand-in-hand with automation is the steady improvement in sensors for computer systems. Retreaded tires are still visually inspected, but computer systems are being used more and more to assist in producing higher quality retreads. One example is sensors on the buffer to ensure proper buff depth and radius based on individual information from the tire.
3 – More and Better Synthetic Rubber
One of the big problems with tires, in general, is that their rubber is a petroleum product. That means they aren’t eco-friendly, and the prices of tires can fluctuate alongside other petroleum-based products. That’s why so many companies are investing in synthetic rubber research. Every year, new formulations come out that find ways to replace more natural rubber with synthetics, without compromising quality. Synthetic rubber also increases the durability of the tire, thereby decreasing the wear.
4 – Better Warranty Guarantees
It surprises some people to learn that the vast majority of tire retreading operations are directly associated with a major tire manufacturer, such as Michelin. Tire companies enthusiastically embraced retreading as a cost-cutting measure too! As the technology has improved, they’ve begun offering warranties which are identical to what new tires get – even for tires which have gotten multiple retreads!
Get Quality Tire Retreading From STTC
Our technology is cutting-edge, and we offer full manufacturers’ warranties on all tires we retread. To save money on your fleet’s tires, while still getting top-line performance, visit your local STTC to ask about retreading.
Michelin Americas Truck Tires is pleased to announce that three MICHELIN® retreads have been added to the SmartWay® verified technologies list and four are in the process of receiving SmartWay® verification. With SmartWay® verified dual drive and trailer treads and wide single drive and trailer treads, Michelin will have full coverage in SmartWay® retreads for over the road.
Michelin’s SmartWay® verified retreads include: MICHELIN® XT-1® AT Pre-MoldTM for trailer applications and MICHELIN® XDA2® 19 AT Pre-MoldTM and MICHELIN® XDA2® 23
AT Pre-MoldTM for drive axle applications. The following retreads meet SmartWay® standards and are pending SmartWay® verification: MICHELIN® X One® XDA-HTTM Pre- MoldTM and MICHELIN® XDA2® 23 AT Custom-MoldTM for drive axle applications, and MICHELIN® X One® XTA® Pre-MoldTM and MICHELIN® XT-1® Custom MoldTM for trailer applications.
“Retreads represent about half of the tires on the road. Michelin agrees with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® program’s overall strategy of including retread products to reduce the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of line-haul Class 8 trucks. MICHELIN® low-rolling resistance retreads reduce fleet operating costs by increasing fuel efficiency and extending tire life,“ said Ted Becker, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “Michelin has been a leader in fuel efficient tires and retreads for decades, and we strive to meet the demands of our customers today and tomorrow.”
MICHELIN® retreads verified by SmartWay® are compliant with California Air Resources Board (CARB) Greenhouse Gas regulation for low-rolling-resistance tires. These retread options allow customers to be CARB compliant when California implements the requirements for SmartWay® verified retreads on January 1, 2013.
The Michelin Retread Technologies Inc. (MRT) Network follows a nine-step retread process throughout all its franchisees ensuring customers confidence and consistency through the SmartWay® verified offers. No other retread uses Michelin’s new-tire technology and rigorous quality control. By utilizing proven tread designs and Michelin’s new-tire manufacturing standards, MRT delivers reliable retreads specifically designed to provide value and solutions for sustainable mobility.
Michelin looks forward to offering SmartWay® verified wide base single retreads, and will continue to submit a wide range of our retread products to the verification process. More information about the SmartWay® program as well as verified low rolling resistance tires and retreads can be found at epa.gov/smartway.
Established in the U.S. in 1998, Michelin Retread Technologies Inc. (MRT) brings the rigor of Michelin new tire innovation and manufacturing to both the process and product of retreading in North America. The network of MRT franchisees operates 77 retread plants in North America, which follow a consistent, rigorous, and highly audited nine-step manufacturing process to deliver uniform results across tires and retread plants. The MRT retreading plants use the most advanced technology available to examine 100% of the casings before retreading. Two patented retreading processes – Pre-Mold™ and Custom Mold™ – use Michelin’s new-tire design technology, allowing North American fleets to maximize the life of their tire assets. MICHELIN® retreads may be found in over 700 points of sale in the U.S. For more information on Michelin
Retread Technologies or MICHELIN retreads, visit www.michelintruck.com.
Fleet operators are continually seeking ways to reduce the cost of their operations. One of the leading costs is tire replacement. Until recently, each time a vehicle’s tire was ripped or severely damaged, the owner would simply buy a new tire to replace it.
But with significant advances in tire retreading, many operators are now capitalizing on the newest technologies to keep their fleet’s tires in the ideal condition. In this latest post, we’ll highlight some of the new technologies being deployed in the tire retreading marketplace.
Many tire retreading firms are now using vulcanizing rubber to small cuts. The rip can be the result of debris on the road, scrubbing, or simply due to long-standing wear and tear on the tire.
After inspecting the tear, the maintenance tech will clean out the affected area with a carbide cutter and then uses computer precision to control the extrusion of a single slab of uncured tread rubber, ensuring the proper coverage of the injury. This permanent repair work helps to extend the service life of the tire and minimize the cost of the tire investment for the fleet operator.
A leading study concerning the tire retreading marketplace has recently shown that up to 30% of commercial truck tires in scrap yards across the country are repairable. This means it’s important that fleet owners have a clear understanding of which forms of damage can be repaired and which are unlikely to have a remaining service life.
For example, a bulging tire can be repaired safely if the additional bulge in the tire material does not exceed 1cm in height.
The data also shows that a new truck tire requires 22 gallons of oil for production. A retread requires about 7 gallons, significantly limiting the use of a finite resource.
Knowing these details can save fleet managers from sending tires to scrap yards and spending big dollars on new tires when they can be safely retreaded at a much lower costs, similar lifetime and saving one more casing from the landfill.
See the many other benefits of tire retreading in our Fun Facts About Retread Tires infographic.
While some companies are now looking for cheaper tires produced by non-expert manufacturers, tire retreading has been shown to maximize tire life and to provide the highest levels of working tire safety on the road.
It’s critical for professional tire retreading to take place for all retreading jobs. Even small tears in the rubber can lead to rust and inner material separation if the tear is not noted, cleaned and filled.
Our experienced tire experts can help to guide you and your fleet business on the value of tire retreading in the modern marketplace. To discover more about the retreading industry and the many benefits retreading can bring to your business, visit our nearest STTC location to ask about retreading.
Bethlehem, PA-based STTC is now highlighting shifting trends within the retreading marketplace. The company has significant experience in the tire retreading industry and has begun showcasing data released from within the industry in 2018.
Many top independent providers of tire retreads have become part of larger networks at Bridgestone, Goodyear, Michelin and other major tire firms. This process has helped create larger markets for providers to tap into the larger company’s distribution networks for their products.
This year, low-cost products being imported from abroad are putting pressure on domestic retreading companies. Some Chinese companies are offering new tires at the cost of a retread and in some cases even lower. However, the foreign-made tires are of poor quality and have been known to cause significant issues for fleets relying on them to run their vehicles. Most cheap Chinese imports are made with much lesser quality than large name brands and do not have the same retreadability, thus reducing their lifespan and value. Studies have shown that while 64% of U.S. companies have purchased cheaper foreign tires in recent years, only 23% will continue to purchase them.
Carriers are also now carefully committing to their environmental initiatives. And this means that many companies are investing significantly in retread tires as opposed to new tires as a way to mitigate their impact on the environment in the long-term.
In choosing retread tires, it’s important for companies to work with brands that are recognized in the marketplace for their quality tire production and testing processes. The team at STTC are experts in this area of the industry. To discover more about tire retreading and the significant value of the STTC product line, call their team now at 610-991-8641 or visit www.sttc.com.
One of the foremost considerations for all trucking fleet operators is the safety of their drivers and vehicles. And so ensuring that their drivers have access to the best-performing vehicle components is priority number one. Within this latest post, we’ll explain a little more about the value of tire retreading and explore whether the tire retreading process impacts tire safety.
It’s important to note that there are many elements that can impact the safety of a tire. For example, the following can cause a significant safety issue for truck drivers:
These elements are the leading considerations when reviewing tire performance. Studies have shown that retread tires perform just as well as new tires in terms of road use. And there are now strict policies in place to ensure that retread tires are certified for optimal safe performance after they’ve gone through the tire retreading process. This ensures that you’ll receive a high-value product when you invest in retread tires over the coming months.
Beyond their high safety levels, retread tires offer a number of additional benefits to your fleet. These benefits can include:
Retread tires have a lower cost per mile than new tires and can be purchased for a much lower initial investment price.
Because of their strong performance, retread tires are suitable for a range of road conditions and fleet applications, further helping improve the return on investment in the latest tire products.
Buying from a trusted vendor can help ensure you locate the ideal tires for your fleet. But it’s important to consider the following steps to enhance the maintenance of your tires over the years ahead:
Our experienced team helps fleet operators get the highest value from their retread tires. To discover more about tire retreading and the benefits of retread products, give our team a call today.
Tire retreading is now helping companies across the commercial trucking industry to save thousands of dollars per miles driven on their vehicles. But one of the major concerns that many have with the tire retreading process is knowing when the tire is too old to go through the process for an effective result. In our latest post, we’ll examine the question “When is a tire too old to go through the tire retreading process?”
The main things you should note when considering tire retreading are the age of the tire, how many times it has been retreaded previously, and the application that the tire is operating in.
When considering a potential tire for retreading, companies are more likely to consider the type of application in which the tire has been involved. Whether the tire has been involved in off-road applications or long-haul driving activities could be a leading determinant in its potential for retreading. Different applications have specific industry averages for acceptable age restrictions. Severe use fleets tend not worry about age, where as long haul fleets cap the age of their tires around 7 years. Severe use fleets also tend not to worry about how many repairs are in the tire, but long haul on average allows 3 repairs.
Tires that have undergone significant stress, either due to tough working conditions such as long-standing off-road driving, or as a result of limited maintenance, may not be suitable for retreading regardless of their relative age. Since stress is an important factor, fleets limit the amount of times a tire can be retreaded. A tire that has had 2 retreads on it has undergone more stress than a tire with none, therefore it may be less suitable for retreading.
While there is no clear guidance regarding the age at which a tire is no longer suitable for the tire retreading process, it’s considered old when the tire reaches six years of active performance. The tire retreading company will conduct an in-depth inspection to determine its current condition. This inspection includes analyzing all potential failure points for the tire and testing whether its structure is strong enough to allow for the retreading to be completed.
The only way you can be assured of the quality of the retread tires delivered to your fleet is by working with a qualified retreading firm and discussing their tire analysis and testing work with them. Find out more about the stages each tire goes through within their plants, and then make a decision based on the data the company is able to provide.
A casing asset management program can also pay dividends over the long term. These programs allow you to decide the specs acceptable for capping your tires; such as how many times it has been capped, the age, and how many repairs are necessary.
Commercial fleet operators are always looking for ways to reduce their expenditures and achieve higher returns on investment for their operations. We know that the cost of new tires is rising and this is part of the reason many fleet operators are now turning to tire retreading. Our team at STTC has many years’ experience providing clients the highest quality retread tires for their fleets, and within our latest post, we’ll highlight the benefits of tire retreading vs. buying new tires.
While years ago there were issues with rolling resistance, some retread designs now offer the same level of low rolling resistance as the leading new tires in the marketplace. This means fleets can achieve the same high level of fuel efficiency using retreads than new. There are even SmartWay approved treads.
When determining the value of a tire, the most important consideration is the cost per mile. The data show that tire retreading supports a lower cost per mile than buying new tires. This is the case because you get to reuse the casing each time you retread, therefore saving the cost of the casing. By committing to tire maintenance and harnessing the value of retreading, companies can save thousands of dollars per tire over the product’s lifetime.
Another clear value of retreading is the reuse of the tire casing. The casing can often be used as many as three times before it’s no longer viable. Retreading companies are exceptionally careful in inspecting the casing to ensure the structure is safe for the retreading to be completed. The process helps ensure further value for money for the fleet operator.
Companies across the fleet operations marketplace are now able to meet their environmental targets by committing to tire retreading. Retread tires are among the most environmentally-friendly tire options for fleet vehicles. The studies show that retreading a tire requires only 7 gallons of oil compared with producing a new tire, which requires 22 gallons of oil. There are over 24 million retread tires sold each year, saving an estimated 360 million gallons of oil and 24 million fewer tires to be disposed of.
Our trusted team at STTC is here to guide you in reviewing the value of tire retreading for your fleet. To discover more about our work and the full range of options we have available, please call us directly today at 610-954-8473.