Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group in Australia has announced that it has secured a five–year contract to provide mining tyre management and maintenance services at Roy Hill, the open pit iron ore mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Technicians will begin mobilising April 1st, 2022, bringing nearly 30 Kal Tire team members to the site to deliver the highest standards of safety and operational performance.
New Contract Great Opportunity for Kal Tire to Expand in Mining Tyre Management Solutions in Western Australia
“We’re excited about re–establishing a collaborative partnership with Roy Hill,” says Miles Rigney, Managing Director, Australia, Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group. Kal Tire previously provided service to the site from 2014 to 2019. Roy Hill currently produces 62 Mt/y of iron ore for international markets and has aspirations to grow production capacity in the next few years.
“We have a lot of enthusiasm about the opportunity to work together to support that growth and make an impact with next–level technology, innovation and tyre life solutions,” says Rigney.
At Roy Hill, Kal Tire will be using TOMS, its proactive tyre maintenance planning system that helps customers achieve goals for fleet use, tyre life and safety. Through TOMS, fleet planning teams gain a 360° view of tyre maintenance activity with near real–time reporting 24/7, and improve mean–time–between–service (MTBS) with automated, priority–based work orders.
Through Kal Tire’s partnership with Pitcrew.ai, TOMS will receive findings from autonomous inspections stations that use thermal imaging to detect signs of potential tyre damage such as separations – especially beneficial at a site like Roy Hill with challenging conditions such as high temperatures and the hazards of hard rock mining.
Kal Tire will also bring several exclusive tyre management tools, developed at its Innovation Centre in Canada to improve safety and efficiency. Tooling includes the Gravity Assist System, which supports the weight of 36 kg torque guns; a Ram Mount Tool which securely holds the bead in place; and a Power Cart that allows technicians to stand at a safe distance to operate multiple hydraulic rams and bead breakers using high energy to separate the tyre from the rim.
One of the most anticipated tools is the Magnet Clamp, which takes technicians out of harm’s way during the installation and removal of tyre and wheel assemblies.
Roy Hill will also benefit from Kal Tire Australia’s repairs and Ultra Repair, the technology that sends tyres with large injuries that would otherwise be scrapped, back into production—improving fleet use and giving tyres a second life. Through Kal Tire’s Maple Programme, sites like Roy Hill have a way to quantify and report on the proven emissions savings of Ultra Repairs and meet ESG goals since the process uses fewer raw materials and less energy compared to buying new.
“Operating in a way that puts ESG at the forefront is very much a priority for our customers in Australia, so we’re proud to offer solutions at Roy Hill that enhance safety, sustainability and productivity,” says Rigney. Kal Tire Australia provides service and supply to more than 20 mine sites across the country.