Ramrod launches new safety cage
Ramrod-manufacturing, the UK based manufacturer of CV Tyre tools and safety equipment has launched the new Tire-safe safety inflation cage and the re-launch and re-brand of its range of associated workshop tools and safety devices.
The Tire-safe cage represents the newest product in the evolving Ramrod portfolio of truck and CV tyre equipment, which also includes the All-rim bead breaker and adaptor bar, the Hub-lift safe jacking point and the Wheel-riter rim and tyre lifting aid.
The Tire-safe inflation cage has been developed with input from ATS Euromaster to eradicate the risk faced by operators when inflating CV tyres. According to the company, the cage will safely contain even very high pressure failures and is the only enclosure in this field to have independent Lloyds British accreditation for its safety performance. Euromaster has already taken delivery of more than 250 Tire-safes across Europe. Ramrod reports that Tire-safe will effectively contain the explosive failure of a 22.5-inch commercial vehicle tyre of section width up to 575mm.
A failure of a rim resulting in bead release is the most demanding test of a safety enclosure, as well as managing and attenuating the rapidly expanding gasses and resisting the high pressure shock wave resulting from carcass failure, Ramrod representatives say the enclosure will also withstand a high energy impact from an unconstrained wheel rim and tyre carcass.
In addition Tire-safe is designed to contain and release in a controlled way, the high pressure shock wave produced when tyre failure occurs. The expanding gasses will be directed upwards with no impediment, and will be released from the enclosure sides and back panels via attenuating labyrinth construction details, where multiple changes of direction occur before the expanding gasses can exit the enclosure.
The enclosure is made from structural steel channel section welded to form a labyrinthine section to effectively manage and contain the controlled release of gas and high pressure shock wave from a tyre failure. The top of the device is open and un-baffled to direct most of the high speed gas and pressure wave vertically.
The wider range
As well as the new Tire-safe inflation cage, Ram-rod produces a range of other garage products. Now in its ninth year of production The Ram-rod all-rim bead breaker claims to offer “an easier, quicker, safer and more reliable method of breaking the bead on truck tyres, especially EVA wheels.” It utilises up to 6 tonnes of pressure to break the bead on the most stubborn of tyres, reportedly takes seconds to fit and operate, has no ‘screw down drive’ and does not require an air supply.
The ‘All-rim’ attaches to the wheel using a single-pin fixing plate which provides a stable operating platform and for releasing the bead on the other side of the wheel or for applications where the hub is below the rim level there is the optional Ram-rod Adaptor Bar.
Ramrod’s Hub-lift offers a stable platform for a jack to safely lift those vehicles with limited access under the chassis such as easy access PSV’s and other low chassis vehicles. The Hub-lift bolts to the hub face of the vehicle and allows the corner with the deflated tyre to be lifted enough to allow a conventional jack or axel stand to be used whilst the wheel and tyre is then removed.
Finally the Ramrod Wheel-riter is constructed to allow an operator to safely lift from flat on the workshop floor a super single wheel and tyre of up to 120 kg. Its folding handle and hinged triangular plate enables safe workplace lifting techniques to be employed, thus reducing the risk of operator injury.