RUD ERLAU Mining Tyre Protection and Mining Tyre Chains

ERLAU TPC is a flexible mesh of specially-designed, interlocking rings and links of varying size and density that wrap around the tread and sidewalls of all types and sizes of earthmover tires (tyres) forming a barrier between the tire and the surface and thus protecting them from abrasion, piercing and intense heat, extending tire life by as much as five times and providing additional traction and operational safety without affecting the flexibility and function of the tyre.


ERLAU TPC tire protection and traction chains are considered essential equipment in many industries including:

  • Agriculture
  • Bulk materials handling
  • Caving
  • Civil engineering
  • Demolition/ scrap handling
  • Earthmoving
  • Emergency services
  • Forestry
  • Mining – coal
  • Mining – hard rock
  • Mining – Open-pit
  • Mining – soft rock
  • Mining – underground
  • Pipe laying
  • Quarrying
  • Quarrying – aggregate production
  • Quarrying – cement plants
  • Quarrying – dimension stone
  • Steel foundries
  • Stockpiling
  • Tunnelling
  • Military


ERLAU TPC tire protection and traction chains are required to protect the tires of:

  • Haul and dump trucks
  • Wheeled loading shovels
  • Wheeled bulldozers
  • Motor graders
  • Open-bowl scrapers
  • Low-profile haulers
  • Low-profile loaders
  • Foundry Pot Carriers
  • Compactors
  • Pipe layers
  • Tree harvesters
  • Utility vehicles

Abrasion protection

ERLAU TPC tire protection chains are required to protect expensive earthmover tires from attrition from harsh rocks such as quartz, sandstones, ironstone and Kimberlite.

Sidewall damage protection

ERLAU TPC tire protection chains are required to protect expensive earthmover tires from sudden-death sidewall punctures from aggressive materials such as flints, slate, shales, metal shards and reinforcing bar.

High-temperature protection

In steel-making, ERLAU TPC tire protection chains are required to protect the tires of pot-carriers and steel slag-re-handling loaders from intense heat, abrasion and sidewall piercing.


ERLAU TPC tire traction chains are required to provide operators with safer control of mobile plant over ice, snow, clay, tundra and soft ground.


ERLAU TPC tire protection chains are essential in driving down handling costs.

Fitting ERLAU TPC tire protection and traction chains can:

  • Extend the life of a new set of earthmover tyres by five times
  • Enable the use of part worm or remoulded tires
  • Aid safer operation of mobile plant, greatly reduce the risk of damage to capital assets and injury to personnel
  • Reduce maintenance downtime
  • Assure plant availability
  • Improve productivity
  • Proven lower tonnage costs by up to 76%.


ERLAU TPC comprehensive range of tire protection chains comprises two product ranges:

  • Snow chains for commercial and domestic vehicles.
  • Tire protection and traction chains for mining, quarrying, tunnelling, earthmoving, bulk handling and off-road applications.

ERLAU TPC three tire protection and traction systems meet any challenge.


ERLAU TPC’s ultimate chain for all-round protection from sudden-death penetration

  • Super-dense mesh for additional sidewall protection
  • Compact wear rings forged from case-hardened special steel
  • Exceptionally high surface-hardness and core strength for optimum service life and productivity
  • Extend tyre life by up to five times


ERLAU TPC’s chain designed for preserving tires from abrasion.

  • Super-dense mesh with additional grip
  • Optimal strength
  • Excellent self-cleaning
  • Asymmetrical components (no sharp surfaces against the tire)
  • Link depth gives optimum isolation of tyre from terrain


ERLAU TPC’s highly-recommended, full-protection from the intense heat of slag dumps.

  • Highly dense mesh
  • Special heat-resistant steel
  • Hardened links
  • Un-welded connecting rings
  • Excellent self-cleaning properties


ERLAU TPC’s close mesh protects from abrasion and piercing.


ERLAU TPC’s medium mesh for protection and traction

Garant 10

ERLAU TPC’s open mesh for greater tire traction.


ERLAU TPC’s tire protection and traction chains are available in ring sizes 11mm – 23mm to fit tire sizes 7.5-16 to 59/80-63.

Quality and service

ERLAU TPC tire protection and traction chains are manufactured to the highest standards from high quality alloys at four wholly-owned, state-of-the-art factories in Europe and South America.

Every chain undergoes rigorous testing before embossing with an unique life-of-chain tracking number.

All ERLAU TPC chains are supported 24/7 by a team of time-served TPC engineers based at a strategically-located, world-wide dealer network who provide competent and informed advice

ERLAU TPC has a proud record of prompt delivery and installation,


ERLAU TPC has registered over 400 patents for its tire protection and traction chains.


ERLAU TPC tire protection and traction chains in service in countless mines, quarries and other heavy-side industries in more than 75 countries.


Founded in 1875, ERLAU TPC is a leading division of an international, family-owned manufacturer of high-quality round-link chains.

70 years ago, ERLAU TPC was the first to adapt their snow chain technology to protect loading shovel and dump truck tires.

Today, with a dominant, 65% of the world market, ERLAU TPC is the leading manufacturer and supplier of top-quality, well-engineered, heavy-duty, round-link tire protection and traction chains and components.

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Press Release

9000 Productive Hours

ERLAU TPC protects the tyres of a giant LeTourneau 1850 on load-out duties at Xstrata’s latest coal mine in Australia’s Hunter Valley.

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RUD ERLAU Releases Brochure for Tire Protection Chains

ERLAU has 140 years of experience in round-link chain manufacturing, a high degree of technological specialisation, quality, safety and customer-focused market leadership.


Erlau 16, Aalen




+49 7 361 595 3496 +49 7361 595 3214


Products and Services


Press Release

1 October 2012

This new component promises measurable savings in time, reusability and safety.

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27 July 2012

ERLAU TPC supplies 40 sets of traction chains to Barrick’ world-class gold/ silver/ copper project - high in the Southern Andes and the World’s first cross-border mine.

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20 June 2012

ERLAU TPC introduces Sideflex - innovative sidewall protection for haul truck tires.

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20 June 2012

ERLAU TPC protects the tyres of a giant LeTourneau 1850 on load-out duties at Xstrata’s latest coal mine in Australia’s Hunter Valley.

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19 March 2012

ERLAU TPC saves LeTourneau’s tyres at Artic lake diamond mine.

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3 January 2012

ERLAU TPC industrial applications.

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11 September 2011

ERLAU TPC winning 10m tonnes of cement for Ethiopia's Millenium Dam.

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25 January 2011

ERLAU TPC keeps CAT 993F loading iron ore in Kazachstan.

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10 October 2010

From limestone extraction, coal mining, iron ore winning to recycling smouldering slag, ERLAU TPC tyre protection chains play a significant role in TATA’s steel production process in India.

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Regional Offices


Erlau 16, Aalen




+49 7 361 595 3496 +49 7361 595 3214
RUD Correntes Industriais Ltda

Rua: Andreas Florian Rieger

381 – Brás Cubas

Mogi das Cruzes, SP



+55 11 4723 4944 +55 11 4727 3465
TCS RUD (Pty) Ltd

19 Lucerne Street




South Africa

+27 1 8771 6471 +27 1 8771 2596
RUD Chains Pty Ltd

8 Westlink Place


QLD 4077



+61 7 3712 8000 +61 7 3712 8001
RUD Chains Ltd

Unit 10, John Wilson Business Park

Thanet Way




United Kingdom

+44 1 227 276 611
RUD Chain Inc

PO Box 367


IA 52233


United States of America

+1 319 390 4040 +1 877 512 7209

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