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Putting the “Green” in our Machine: How TyrFil™ Recycling Processing Equipment Is Changing the Category

7 Nov, 2017

It’s easy for businesses across the commercial spectrum to make a green claim these days.  After all, most operators in the manufacturing field at least think favorably about environmental causes.  But it’s another thing to act favorably by putting globally responsible, eco-friendly practices into play in a way that’s truly integrated across the business infrastructure.  That’s what we are striving to do each and every day here at Accella Tire Fill Systems.  It’s a philosophy that’s deeply ingrained in our heritage and in our company mission – and we take it very seriously.  We believe that we owe it to our valued customers, OEMs and aftermarket dealers and the entities they serve to continually rethink and implement new and better sustainable practices across our supply chain.

Accella Tire Fill Systems, along with our parent company, Accella Performance Materials, is trying to do our part to help a decades old chemical and industrial space evolve at the speed of 21st century innovation.  Our industry manufactures and markets polymer based products and technologies that the commercial sector needs to successfully drive the economy, but these technologies must be produced with care.  We all have a collective responsibility to ensure responsible materials handling at all times.  And it is incumbent on companies such as ours to lead the way in the adoption of ecologically sounds protocol that can, and do, have a measurable impact on the health of our Planet.

That is why we have made it a priority to develop signature recycling technology and equipment that our network of OEMs and aftermarket dealers can trust.  Our TyrFil™ Recycling Processing Equipment – the AutoFil Machine and Green Machine – offers the only flatproofing solution with a Closed-Loop System that reduces carbon footprint and saves on production costs.  Our Recycling Processing Systems significantly reduce the environmental impact of traditional Tire Flatproofing by:

  • Recycling and using up to 65% post-consumer tire fill
  • Eliminating up to 65% of the petrochemicals (including oil) normally required to fill an Off-the-Road (OTR) tire
  • Keeping used tire fill out of landfills and eliminating landfill disposal fees

Our commitment to bringing equipment systems like these to market began nearly 50 years ago.  In 1971, TyrFil™, the world’s first polyurethane tire fill material intended to flatproof tires, was invented.  As the industry leader in tire flatproofing, Accella Tire Fill Systems has made providing environmentally supportive products a long-term strategic business priority.  As part of this commitment, we are now the only tire fill manufacturer in the industry to offer recycling processing equipment.  This equipment has made it possible to keep more than 150 million pounds of tire fill out of landfills.

Our AutoFil and Green Machine Recycling Processing Equipment mixes virgin TyrFil™ with either used tire flatproofing, crumb rubber, or even previously mixed materials, eliminating the environmental impact of sending used polyurethane and used rubber to the landfill.  By using the Recycling Equipment with TyrFil™ EcoFil (which offers a water-based fill and recycled material), Accella is helping to greatly reduce petrochemical production and waste by 75% of what has been traditionally used in tire flatproofing applications.  We call this putting the “green” into our machine—and it’s an offering that is unique to Accella science and technology.

In addition to a reduction in the use of oil, Accella Tire Fill also successfully repurposes recyclable material to breathe new life for discarded materials as part of our flatproofing solution.  Our AutoFil and Green Machine systems have been field-proven for more than a decade to meter and mix controlled amounts of virgin liquid tire fill and granulated tire fill to a homogenous TyrFil™ flatproofing mixture that fills the tire exactly the same as virgin liquid tire fill.  Typical materials used include 1) granulated recycled fill, 2) rubber crumb, and 3) rubber crumb and recycled fill mix.

Additionally, Accella’s AutoFil and Green Machine technology helps to safeguard against the practice of “chunking.”   Chunking is the term used to describe filling tires with “chunks” of used tire fill, and then filling the remainder of the tire with virgin tire fill.  When chunking, there is no adherence to standardized practices, consistency, or tire fill process control.  The result is that the overall tire performance remains inferior compared to a properly filled tire.  Plus, these ill-advised practices, once commonplace in the industry, can put tires and equipment – and most importantly – heavy equipment operators at risk.

We are pleased and proud that our eco-friendly technology is at work in the industry to create a more effective, reliable, and truly sustainable solution.

Please click here to learn more about Accella’s overall green manufacturing commitment.

TyrFil Eliminates Premature Tyre Failure and Improves Safety in Iskenderun, the Center of Steel Manufacturing in Turkey

22 Feb, 2017

Iskenderun, the center of steel manufacturing in Turkey, produces pig iron, blooms, billets and reinforcing bars to meet international standards. The steel mills in this area use coke, sinter, blast furnace, steelworks, continuous casting and hot rolling processes for production. One leading steel mill in the area recently completed its Modernization and Transformation Investments (MTI) that had started in 2004, increasing its initial liquid steel capacity of 2.2 million tons/year to 5.3 million tons/year. Also, it installed production capacity of 3.5 million tons/year for flat products, 0.6 million tons/year for coils and 2.5 million tons/year for billets as finished products.

This Iskenderun Steel Mill is running at full capacity and was experiencing significant downtime due to the tyres on their equipment – tyres were failing with 90-percent tread life left.

An Accella Tire Fill Systems distributor, Fkk Guney Oto Lastik Takoz San, was consulted by the steel mill about this major tyre problem. This mill has eight heavy duty machines on site, Scheuerle/Kamag and Paling (Canadian equivalent). These machines feature nine axles and a 315/80R22.5 tyre size with an average life span of 2,500 hours. The original issue on the Paling machines were rim and chassis cracks. When examining the Paling Machine in terms of tyre and rim quality, it was found they may not be as strong as the rim and tyre specifications on the Scheuerle/Kamag machine. The rims are more light-weight and the tyres were standard Michelin X versus XZM on the Scheuerle/Kamag. The rim and chassis problems exposed the fact that the majority of the tyres at this mill were experiencing premature failure.

Fkk Guney recommended TyrFil™ Ultra to solve the premature tyre failure problem. TyrFil is a two component liquid urethane that is pumped into the tyre through the valve stem, replacing all of the air. Then the tyre is pressurized to its operating pressure by using the urethane. The polyurethane liquid then cures into a solid elastomer. Once cured, it protects the tyre from punctures and significantly reduces costs of tyre repair and replacement. With a durometer of 30, TyrFil™ Ultra delivers the highest heat dissipation properties for extreme applications.

Also, TyrFil™ Ultra tyre flatproofing improved safety at the steel mill by ensuring that its personnel are protected against air-filled tyre explosions. Tyre explosions and airborne rim flanges and locking rings can cause severe and sometimes fatal injuries to those in close proximity. Now the steel mill’s management can be confident that TyrFil™ tyre flatproofing will keep their personnel safe from these types of accidents.

TyrFil™ has eliminated premature tyre failure, reduced downtime, and promoted worker safety at this steel mill. TyrFil™ – “it’s what’s inside that counts”. For more information, please visit www.accellatyrefill.com.

Accella Performance Materials Announces Transition from ArncoPathway to Accella Tire Fill Systems

6 Apr, 2016

Market Leader Leverages 40 Years of Innovative Tire Productivity Technologies to Enhance Global Offering

 

ST. LOUIS, MO – March 15, 2016 – Two of the world’s most trusted tire fill brands – ArncoPathway and Zeus Tyre Fill – have formally consolidated as Accella Tire Fill Systems, a subsidiary of Accella Performance Materials, a leading manufacturer of polyurethane systems and recycled rubber products. Accella purchased both entities and transitioned operations to the new nomenclature in January of this year. Accella Tire Fill Systems is now the industry’s expert go-to-source for polyurethane tire fill for OEMs, aftermarket tire dealers, and global distributors – delivering superior product performance, along with an industry–leading choice of tire productivity technologies that customers worldwide have come to expect.

ArncoPathway (the result of a 2013 merger between market leaders Arnco and Pathway Polymers) has been the most recognized tire fill innovator, known in the industry as foam fill, since 1971. As the global leader providing cost-effective tire flatproofing solutions for improved safety and productivity, the technology has delivered the reliability required for rigorous military, mining and off-the-road (OTR) applications for the past four decades.

Accella Tire Fill Systems and Accella Tyre Fill Systems GmbH (Europe) now advances this renowned heritage one step further, helping heavy equipment operators – working in industries where product performance is absolutely essential – to eliminate equipment downtime due to flat tires, provide a safer ride for drivers, and deliver a tire solution that is highly sustainable. Accella additionally builds on the customer service-focused ethos that has been a legacy of ArncoPathway. Accella stands alone in the industry as the one global tire fill provider which seamlessly integrates international manufacturing, technical service, and sales support capabilities all under one roof.

Accella Tire Fill Systems will continue to market the widely known TyrFil™ line, and is the only company that also offers other tire productivity solutions such as TLC, ReSeal, and Carefree Tires. Each of these eliminates flat tires and/or offers tire and rim protection.

“Our new name reflects the global presence, product performance and safety record of ArncoPathway and Zeus Tyre Fill, but also leverages the polyurethane systems heritage and extensive technical support network offered by Accella Performance Materials,” said Andy Harris, President and CEO of Accella

Performance Materials. “As we continue to serve three continents with localized, in-market manufacturing and distribution, Accella Tire Fill Systems will continue to scale nimbly to meet the growing needs of our customers and fulfill our promise to be their most trusted source and best overall value for tire productivity solutions.”

Joe Negrey, Vice President of Accella Tire Fill Systems, also commented, “The robust infusion of Accella capital into the brand has led to a new global manufacturing capacity enabling faster product delivery and more R&D muscle that has raised the bar for state-of-the-art tire fill production and service, adding new formulations and equipment to our supply chain.”

For additional information, please visit www.accellatirefill.com.

About TyrFil™

TyFil™, Accella Tire Fill System’s patented tire fill, also known as foam fill, can be pumped into any pneumatic tire to replace air with a resilient, synthetic rubber core that completely eliminates dangerous tire flats in commercial and industrial heavy equipment vehicles. Since TyrFil reduces the need for tire replacement, it directly helps to defray vehicle repair costs and also drastically eases environmental strain by helping to keep whole tire and scrap tire waste – and the unwanted emissions and carbon footprint they create – out of domestic and international landfills. With TyrFil, “it’s what’s inside that counts.”

About Accella Performance Materials

Accella is a leading manufacturer of custom formulated polyurethane systems, and recycled rubber products formed from the strategic combination of Dash Multi-Corp, MarChem, Arnco, Pathway Polymers, Ultimate Systems, RB Rubber, IPS Polymer Systems, Zeus, Premium Spray Products, Coating & Foam Solutions and Burtin Polymer Labs. The polyurethane business is focused on foams, coatings, adhesives, tire fill, sealants and elastomers. The recycled rubber products business manufactures recycled tire crumb, custom colored EPDM granules, custom and rolled matting, equine matting, athletic flooring, playground surfacing and various custom molded products. The company manufactures in nine production facilities across the United States, one in Europe and one in China. To learn more about Accella Performance Materials go to www.accellacorp.com.