SOUTH GATE, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2007) — Arnco Inc. has increased production capacity for its QuikGel self-sealing polyurethane tire liner by more than 50 percent at its plant near Marion, Ill.
The project is intended to meet growing demand for the product in off-road vehicle applications, Arnco said.
The QuikGel PU gel membrane, installed in tires by an Arnco-developed centrifugal-casting process, provides protection against punctures up to 5/16-inch in diameter and is sufficiently lightweight to allow the tire and vehicle to perform as designed, the company said.
The product is used on tires for lawn/garden, agriculture, backhoes, ATV and utility vehicles. QuikGel also has received approval from several vehicle makers, including Princeton Delivery Systems and Cargo Tech for truck-mounted forklifts and Gehl Co., Mustang Manufacturing Co. Inc. and CNH North America L.L.C. (Case and New Holland brands) for skid steers, according to Arnco President Larry Carapellotti.
Tires equipped with the liner — introduced in 2005 — have been tested for speeds up to 90 mph, passing Department of Transportation speed and endurance requirements, Carapellotti said, and the material is being used in tires for over-the-road pickup trucks.
Arnco handles the processing of tires with QuickGel itself at a satellite plant near Marion in southern Illinois. Customers ship tires to the factory for the QuickGel application, the company said.