In 1984, OSHA issued mandatory regulations requiring removal of rust, dirt and debris from wheels. The trucking industry was suddenly faced with the need for an end-to-end wheel refinishing solution. IMI immediately stepped up and filled that need with the industry’s first complete wheel refinishing system.
IMI MILCURE is a combination of equipment, consumables, and process produce a wheel with an even 3.5 mil thickness as recommended by the TMC. When combined with specially-formulated IMI shot blast media and powder coatings, this system delivers the most efficient and highest quality wheel refinishing technology on the market today.
THE IMI MILCURETM PROCESS
IMI MILCURE facilitates the discovery of problem wheels before they impact your fleet. Prior to blasting, wheels are thoroughly inspected for any damage or out-of-service conditions. Prompt removal of out of service or ‘RAR’ wheels from the refinishing process increases safety, as well as time and production costs.
Wheels that have serious structural damage need to be retired to protect your fleet. As an IMI tip: you can inspect wheels before sending them to your service provider and catch some common wheel damage that makes them too dangerous to use. Look for indications such as: missing or illegible DOT stamps, cracks, or worn and distorted bolt holes. By discarding these damaged wheels, you protect the safety of your fleet before you even begin the refinishing process.
One of the biggest concerns we hear from fleets is wheels that rust shortly after they’ve been refinished. This can be the result of using large, aggressive wheel shot (S330 or larger), which creates peaks and valleys on the wheel surface during blasting.
IMI MILCURE contains the industry’s premier centrifugal force blaster. High-blast shot modules harness advanced technology to prepare wheels for an optimal finish in under 3 minutes. In addition, the IMI blend of steel grit and shot removes coatings without damaging the wheel or causing corrosion in the next life cycle.
After a wheel has been blasted, your service provider should check for any serious damages that were hidden under paint and debris. Some common damages to look for after blasting include: cracks, distorted bolt holes, worn mounting faces, and damaged wheel flanges.
Powder coating doesn’t just add color and gloss to a wheel – it also acts as a shield against corrosion. Unlike paint, powder coat doesn’t require repeat applications, keeping your fleet on the road, and reducing downtime.
Our zinc-rich primer and powder coating is engineered for refinished steel truck wheels. Our patented powder coating technology maximizes the efficient transfer of powder to the wheel: specific particle sizes charge better to effectively cover the entire wheel surface, including deep crevices. Our powder coating is formulated for anti-outgassing to provide a more corrosion-resistant finish.
We train your service provider on the proper application of powder coating, ensuring the finished surface is even and has a thickness that does not exceed 3.5 mils, particularly on the bolt faces. By diligently adhering to these standards, you can rest assured that your fleet will be supported by safe, professional-looking wheels.
RESULTS WITH IMI MILCURE
“When it comes to wheel safety, it’s much less expensive for us to refinish our wheels rather than replace them. Refinishing keeps our wheels on the road longer, too. I believe wheel refinishing has cut our wheel consumption by about 70%.”
–Shop Manager, Southeastern-Based Fleet
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