CHICAGO Accuride Corp. has introduced Steel Armor, a proprietary three-phase coating process that employs enhanced corrosion-fighting properties that extend steel wheel service life by about two years compared with standard coatings.
"Corrosion continues to be a multibillion-dollar problem for fleet operations, and demands a solution," Accuride president and chief executive officer Richard F. Dauch said in a statement. "(Steel Armors) premium rust protection leap-frogs other wheel coatings with its ability to dramatically reduce fleet maintenance costs."
The Evansville, Ind.-based company, which makes steel and aluminum wheels for commercial vehicles, estimates that wheels protected by Steel Armor will last about two additional years before they must be removed and refinished.
Accuride engineering vice president Craig Kessler said Steel Armors powder coating protection means reduced corrosion on wheel edges, such as flanges, hand holes, bolt holes and hub holes on stud- and hub-piloted steel wheels, where rust tends to form first.
Steel Armor contains the growth of corrosion by blocking rust at the point of entry when gouges, chips, scrapes and scratches expose the metal, the company said.
Accuride exposed wheels coated with Steel Armor to a broad range of corrosion performance tests.