Non-marking tires, also known as white forklift tires, are tires that leave fewer marks or scuffs on the floor compared to regular tires. They are primarily used in warehouses that handle food or hygiene products, particularly in pharmaceutical and food processing units. These industries are often required by regulations to use non-marking tires for hygiene reasons.
The main difference between non-marking tires and regular tires is their color. Regular tires are typically black because they contain carbon black, which provides resistance to wear and UV protection. In contrast, white tires use silica instead of carbon black and are infused with anti-oxidants to offer UV protection.
Features and benefits
- Non-marking tires help minimize floor scuffs, resulting in less frequent floor cleaning.
- These tires perform similarly to regular tires in terms of functionality and capabilities.
- The core of white forklift tires is similar to solid cushion forklift tires.
- Non-marking tires provide adequate traction for efficient forklift operation.
- These tires offer reduced rolling resistance, resulting in less heat generated during use.
Drawbacks to consider
- Non-marking tires tend to be more expensive than regular tires.
- They wear out approximately 25% faster than regular tires, partly due to the absence of carbon black.
- Although non-marking tires do not leave marks, they can leave solid residue on the warehouse floor, similar to regular tires.
- Non-marking tires do not have anti-static properties, so when used near combustible materials or explosives, they should be fitted with grounding straps.
Non-marking tires are ideal for industries that prioritize hygiene and cleanliness. While they may cost more and have a shorter lifespan, their reduced floor marking and comparable performance make them a valuable choice for specific applications.