STARCO now offering complete dual wheel solutions
The range of dual wheel solutions offered by STARCO is expanding to cover complete wheel solutions in addition to the components that were previously available. The company says this extension of its dual wheel portfolio will benefit customers by facilitating improved lead times and simplifying the supply chain. The quality of the solutions it offers, adds STARCO, are original equipment standard and use the same e-coat and powder topcoat technology found on products supplied to OEMs.
“We have customers in markets with very different requirements and applications; for instance, stability duals in mountainous Switzerland and traction duals in the Ukraine. Despite the difference in need, our product range can easily satisfy such varied requirements,” comments Sven Holmes, segment director for Specialised Vehicles at STARCO.
Dual wheels are now manufactured in STARCO’s factory in Beli Manastir, Croatia following the relocation of production from Switzerland last year. “Our factory has high flexibility and is specialised in low-volume production,” shares Mario Biscan, managing director of STARCO Manufacturing in Croatia. “Where our competitors take hours to change over a production line, our steel wheel production line for the spun wheels can change from one product to another in less than 20 minutes – for instance between a 20-inch and 54-inch wheel.”
The latest evolution within the company’s dual system portfolio is the E=mc2 range. STARCO views the patented clamp system utilised on these products, which allows the dual to be simply mounted and tensioned whilst attached to the vehicle, as being “key to the success of the STARCO dual system.” The manufacturer adds that it understands the need for precise fit when it comes to the dual wheel itself, and for this reason the integrated E=mc2 spacer duals have been developed to cover 46-inches. These duals are calibrated twice to ensure a positive and accurate fit for maximum power transfer and reliability.
STARCO’s dual wheel systems for agricultural vehicles are designed in Switzerland and are available for 15 to 54-inch wheel sizes. The Beli Manastir plant also produces ‘Made-to-Measure’ agricultural wheel solutions in 20 to 54-inch sizes and ‘Hi-Tech’ products, which are provided for very specific, unique original equipment applications such as airport fire engines and ultra-high capacity load carriers.