How are rubber tracks made
These compounds help make the rubber carcass extremely durable, resistant to cuts and damage. They give the rubber its anti-chunking capabilities and resiliency. This tough rubber is capable of navigating demanding earthmoving and construction applications without getting damaged or wearing out easily.There are a variety of innovative track tread patterns offered by big brand OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Kubota, John Deere, Bobcat, CASE and Caterpillar. Each track pattern is specially designed to accommodate certain applications. Some features deep lugs (for maximum traction) while others feature a wider width and a lug-less design (to protect delicate surface applications like turf). Some track patterns are versatile, allowing the track to deliver exceptional performance in more than one type of terrain.
Rubber tracks feature a continuous steel belt, made of high-tensile steel for superior strength, which reinforces the track, and enables it to deliver high performance over a range of terrains. With a continuous steel belt – unlike an overlapping steel belt – you can rest assured that there are no weak spots along the belt that could lead to premature breakage of the cord. This translates to an extended lifespan for your rubber tracks. The continuous steel cord also minimizes noise and vibration, when compared with overlapping steel belts.
Steel imbeds (links) in high-quality rubber tracks are typically heat-treated and carbon forged. The resilient, high tensile steel imbeds in high-quality rubber tracks allow drive sprockets to engage the track system properly. They also reinforce track strength and stability. A wheel guide projection prevents the tracks from slipping off, especially on steep slopes or on unavoidable sharp turns. A special rubber adhesive treatment is used to securely bond the rubber to the steel.Integration of these core components of a rubber track, following cutting-edge manufacturing processes, produces the finished product – high-quality rubber tracks for your heavy equipment.