Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres has invested £150,000 in a latest-generation, twin-headed fully-automated buffing machine to ensure the greatest possible accuracy in the preparation of its retread tyre casings. Capable of working to a tolerance of one millimetre, the new Danish-built SI0 buffing machine is now being used in the production of Vacu-Lug’s Duramold range of premium quality retread tyres.
“Our new machine is fully computer-controlled and has been pre-programmed with data for every tyre in the Duramold range,” comments Vacu-Lug Plant Manager, Brian Barron. “Our casings typically require between two and three millimetres of rubber above the steel belt and this machine can achieve that with pinpoint accuracy. In practice, this enables us to work to the most exacting quality standards, with a perfect result every time for any retread tyre from 17.5″ through to the largest super-single.”
In addition to functional benefits, the new buffing machine also brings considerable operational and environmental advantages to the workplace. Fully enclosed in its own double-glazed, sound-attenuated booth with an integral dust extraction system, noise and dust emissions are reduced to negligible levels.