BRIDGESTONE ASPHALT PAVER RUBBER TRACKS

BRIDGESTONE ASPHALT PAVER RUBBER TRACKS

Bridgetsone’s Rubber Tracks for Asphalt Pavers were designed specifically to withstand the heavy weight loading and high heat conditions that occur on a paving site.

Spiral Steel Cord Structure

The majority of Rubber Tracks utilize a traditional overlap type structure of steel cord. When the track is under abnormal stress such as excessive tension, failure often occurs at the ends of the overlap area.

Anti-Rust Steel Cord

Once deep external cuts, chunking and edge cut have occurred, the danger of water and mud penetrating the rubber track is greatly increased. Moisture attacks the embedded steel cord. Depending on the severity of the damage and working conditions, the tensile strength of rusted steel cords weakens and can lead to breakage.

Pro-Edge™ – Anti edge-cut

Edge-cut is a common type of damage for rubber tracks used on construction sites. When a machine drives against a curb, stump or sharp/solid object, the edge of the track can bend over, shearing the rubber between the edge of the track and the top of the embedded core metal.

Anti-Cut Rubber

Harsh working conditions are normal for rubber track operations. Such conditions cause external cuts and chunking to the tread rubber. Moisture and mud can penetrate from external cuts, causing internal steel parts to progressively weaken. This can lead to fatal failure such as steel cord breakage.

Description

Bridgestone Paver Tracks for the following pavers:

Caterpillar: AP655, AP1055

Blaw-Knox: PF4410, PF5510

Design & Construction

Main carcass consisting of an optimal number of steel cord layers and rubber thickness to provide superior torsional and transverse strength

Guide Lug extreme density, anti-cut guide lug rubber compound utilized to remain steadfast to the body of the track, even during frequent turns

Reinforced Roller Path for longer life

About Bridgestone

Bridgestone Corporation is a world leading tire and rubber company with 98 manufacturing plants and sales networks in 150 countries.

Bridgestone engineers pioneered the Rubber Track in Japan in the 1960’s. Since then, our Rubber Tracks have been used on a wide variety of different machines and applications worldwide.

Our commitment to extensive R&D, performance focused designs and field testing along with our vast experience of undercarriages assures that Bridgestone Rubber Tracks are the best choice for your asphalt paver.

Bridgestone Technology

Bridgestone and its subsidiary companies develop and make raw materials such as natural rubber, synthetic rubber, carbon, and steel cord that are used in our Rubber Tracks.

BRIDGESTONE PROVING GROUND

Bridgestone’s state-of-the-art Rubber Track proving grounds, located in Tochigi, Japan, assures the highest integrity designs for Rubber Tracks and under-carriage systems. A variety of real-world terrain conditions are maintained in order to establish consistency during the testing process.

LABORATORY BENCH TESTING

Laboratory bench testing is very important to accelerate evaluation under controlled conditions. Bridgestone’s Rubber Tracks have been tested, evaluated, and proved.

FEM ANALYSIS SYSTEM

Bridgestone’s academically established non-linear, large-displacement FEM analysis system helps engineers to create innovative technologies

PRODUCT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Bridgestone evaluates in real-world environments and proves products by using actual machines in actual field conditions throughout the world for all Rubber Track applications.

How to get the most out of your tracks

1. It is essential that you maintain the correct tension on your Rubber Tracks at all times. Check your machine operating and/or service manual for details.

2. Check the undercarriage components (i.e. drive wheel, rollers and idler) for wear periodically. Wear and damage of undercarriage components will affect Rubber Track performance and durability.

3. Limit the use of your machine on large, sharp rocky surfaces and sharp steel edges such as manholes and drainage covers.

4. Do not drive with Rubber Track sidewall edges pressing against hard walls, curbs and/or other objects.

5. Avoid De-tracking episodes by using the following recommendations:
– Move to a cold area to make turns,
– Avoid sharp turns if turning on hot asphalt,
– Use forward instead of reverse, as circumstances allow,
– Keep turns gradual and in as large of an arc as possible,
– Repeat zigzag motion with gradual turn instead of pivoting,
– Maneuvering should be done at the lowest speed permissible.

6. Prevent large foreign objects from becoming entangled in your undercarriage.

7. Remove asphalt buildup on the undercarriage components and Rubber Tracks. Asphalt buildup can cause misalignment between the drive wheel and guide lugs, poor tracking performance and premature undercarriage component and Rubber Track wear.

8. Keep Rubber Tracks aligned properly to ensure durability and performance. Check your machine operating and/or service manual for details.

9. If oil or similar products get on the Rubber Tracks, clean it off immediately. Over time, oil will degrade the rubber quality.

10. When storing your machine for a period of time, keep it indoors away from rain and direct sunlight. If the machine must be stored outdoors, cover the Rubber Tracks to reduce exposure.

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