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Michelin unveils X Mine D2 Long Cycle surface mine tyre

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World Coal,

The new 50/65 R 51 MICHELIN XMINE D2 Long Cycle L5** has been launched specifically to meet the needs of opencast mine operators who require higher speed capabilities from their loader tyres, while still maintaining high levels of damage resistance and reliability.

To operate at maximum efficiency, surface mine operators are demanding higher speed capabilities from the tyres they use in their ‘load and carry’ operations. This requires different tyre specifications that allow a higher distance-per-hour capability and as a result, Michelin has designed the new MICHELIN XMINE D2 LC L5** tyre. This new tyre is able to cover a distance of up to 10 km each hour compared to the current tyre’s limit of 6 km each hour (MICHELIN XMINE D2 SR).

This 66% increase in operating speed has been made possible due to a new tread compound that effectively limits heat buildup within the tyre. The new tread compound is also resistant to damage, leading to an overall reduction in machine downtime, improved efficiency and therefore cost savings for the operator.

In addition to the new tread compound, the MICHELIN XMINE D2 LC L5** features an extremely robust 116 mm-deep tread design, which resists cuts, impact damage and wear. This is coupled with a tough radial steel casing to resist punctures and together these components optimise tyre life.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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