Oxair develops solution to fill up truck tires on remote mine sites

Heavy-duty tractor and tires. (Image by Tiburi, Needpix).

Australian company Oxair announced that is has developed a compact nitrogen generator that allows mining companies and other heavy industries operating in remote locations to get rid of the need to outsource their gas to fill up their trucks’ tires.

In a press release, Oxair explained that its plants offer a continuous flow of gas extracted from the atmosphere. They also use Pressure Swing Adsorption or PSA, which is a membrane technology that utilizes cost-effective filtration methods for onsite nitrogen production.

Nitrogen-filled tires are more resistant to hot climates and freezing temperatures at high altitudes

The system can be set up to produce nitrogen for a wide range of high purity and flow requirements.

According to the Perth-based firm, the generators help miners reduce their carbon footprint because they eliminate the need to have cylinders transported from an off-site facility and then back when they are empty.
 
“At Oxair we manufacture nitrogen plants for the tyre industry which are cheap to run and once installed require minimum maintenance,” David Cheeseman, the company’s chief engineer, said in the press brief. “They are built to last and are operator friendly, making them crucial where tyres may be difficult to change or service due to the remoteness of the location or application.”

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