Flying start to Tire Technology Expo 2018!
Tire Technology Expo and Conference is off to a flying start at Deutsche Messe in Hannover, Germany. The world’s largest gathering of tire design, development and manufacturing experts was opened by a keynote address from Pierre Loiret of Michelin, who detailed the forthcoming world standards for tire RFID tracking – just one of many technological developments being discussed at the three-day show and conference.
Other presentations this morning highlighted connected and smart tire technologies, sustainability innovations and disruptive change in the global tire industry. On the exhibition floor, specialist suppliers are showcasing everything from advanced silica reinforcement materials to automated tire label printers.
“Tire Technology Expo 2018 is bigger and better than ever!” said show founder, Tony Robinson. “This might seem like an unbelievable claim but we’re delighted to say that this is a record year: 290 exhibitors is a new record and we have more exhibition space than ever before. In the conference, there are now 700 delegates and 180 speakers, which is also more than ever. Not surprisingly, Day 1 is off to a flying start, with very busy exhibition halls and fabulously busy conference rooms.”
News on the show floor on Day 1 came from Arlanxeo with its innovative new self-sealing rubber compound. The solution offers a replacement for a spare wheel, repair kit or runflat tire. When the compound is applied on the interior of the tire, any holes that occur are automatically sealed, so the driver can continue on his way. The tire is sealed immediately, regardless of the location and environment, while the vehicle is in motion.
Matthias Gotta, head of global sales and marketing in the tire and speciality rubbers business unit (BU TSR), explained, “To ensure that our compound can guarantee optimal sealing in any climate zone regardless of the speed a vehicle is travelling, we are currently carrying out further tests under extreme conditions following successful laboratory tests. Even in the case of strongly fluctuating external temperatures, the tires must be sealed to the same standard.”
Once field tests have been successfully completed, the compound will be launched on the market later in 2018.
Frank Lückgen, global marketing director for tires, BU TSR at Arlanxeo, added, “As a spare tire and the corresponding tools are no longer required, the weight of the vehicle and subsequently also its energy consumption are further reduced. In the case of electric vehicles, this can result in a longer range, for example.”
Visit Arlanxeo at Stand 4014 at Tire Technology Expo 2018 to find out more about its new rubber compound. The show runs until 22 February.
Visitors have been relishing the opportunity to see Computype’s updated Chromaffix tread label automation system in action. The solution is designed to seamlessly integrate with existing manufacturing workflows to consistently print and apply branded tread labels to tires. Centred on the linkage between the bead barcode label and the retail-facing tread label, Chromaffix prints variable information to combine product data with colour logos for the correct combination of static and variable label presentation.
“We simply asked our customers ‘What is your vision for tread labelling?’. The feedback we received identified an obvious gap in the industry; there simply isn’t a tread labelling system on the market that can effectively utilise data or multitask to provide tangible business benefits in addition to basic labelling. And so we set out to engineer a labelling solution that would meet the speed, communication, reliability and service demands that our customers are looking to achieve,” commented Simon Boddy, Computype’s global product manager of industrial markets.
The result is a completely re-engineered automated labelling system, which integrates with production lines in tire manufacturing and distribution centres to keep pace with current throughput needs.
To address the critical relationship between the bead barcode and the tread label, an in-gate scanner ensures bead label information is sent to the Chromaffix system and printed on the appropriate branded label. The label applicator arm automatically adjusts in height to ensure accurate and centred label placement to various tire sizes. After label application, a roller ensures all edges are affixed to the tread, and the out-gate unit provides scanning verification to communicatively close the loop on the labelling process. Understanding that conditions can vary and real estate is limited in tire facilities, Chromaffix also provides temperature-controlled media storage and a compact footprint.
Chromaffix offers the industry an opportunity to view the seemingly tactical process of labelling in a more strategic sense, all while reducing manual labour, improving efficiencies and reducing waste.
Visit Computype on Stand 4004 to discover more about the Chromaffix system. The show runs until 22 February.
Rea Jet is using the expo as a platform to showcase its cutting-edge inkjet and laser marking systems. Direct coding makes products clearly identifiable, supports counterfeit protection and improves production and factory logistics. As coded products can be identified via track and trace, the degree of automation in the factory can be increased and tires can be traced globally.
For contact-free inkjet marking of raw rubber felts, treads and finished tires, Rea Jet offers the upgraded Rea Jet DOD 2.0, which has a longer operating cycle. With protection class IP65, the robust printer is now more resistant. It is operated via a tablet, smartphone, touch display or a knob – even with gloves – and can be integrated into the existing IT infrastructure for synchronised processes according to IoT.
The company is also highlighting its RPS coding and marking system that marks rubber reliably with eco-friendly water-based inks at low costs at all stages of the tire production process. Markings are applied directly and contact-free onto the surface. Furthermore, the system enables fast and easy data exchange. Markings can either disappear during the vulcanisation process or captively bond with the rubber if required.
Head to Stand 2028 at Tire Technology Expo to see the latest technologies from Rea Jet. The show runs until 22 February.
Experts at Steelastic have been engaged in deep discussions about upcoming trends and challenges in the tire industry – such as more flexibility in production.
Company president Ian Dennis said, “The tire industry is evolving at a rate never seen before. This evolution is driving requirements for significantly increased flexibility, automation, efficiency and traceability in tire manufacturing equipment. Steelastic is at the forefront of technology development that satisfies these requirements as well as making smaller, more flexible and lower-capital-outlay tire plants a viable reality.”
The company’s extrusion process is now being applied to equipment across tire component preparation.
Find out more about the latest technologies for manufacturing radial belts and cap strip on Stand 8014 at Tire Technology Expo 2018. The show runs until 22 February.