Lasers can be used for numerous applications in modern tire plants, including the cleaning of moulds, tools and fixtures, paint and coating removal, and pre-treatment of surfaces prior to welding, gluing or coating.
XSensor’s high-speed tire sensor systems can capture accurate high-resolution tire footprint images in fully dynamic conditions. Advanced tire interface pressure measurements at speeds over 140km/h and various inclination angles and inflation pressures will provide a fuller understanding of tire performance.
Tire Technology Expo 2019 will host the launch of Uzer Makina’s new PCR cross-placed floating-column hydraulic press. Compared with its predecessor, the new curing press is considerably more compact yet still offers all the advantages of the patented floating-column technology.
To facilitate communication between all the individual systems in a modern tire plant – particularly between the master and the sensor/actuator – SMC has created an IO link-based, systematic approach.
A highlight on Sick’s stand at Tire Technology Expo 2019 is the Tire Lector Array, which reliably identifies raw and finished tires regardless of their size, position and alignment of the barcode, as well as on different conveyor systems.
Visitors looking for upgraded coding and marking systems should stop by REA’s stand, where the company will present new generations of its large-character inkjet printer system and its Titan universal operating platform.
Momentive will be promoting its new factory in Leverkusen, which allows the firm to double its NXT silane capacity. New in this line of silanes is NXT Z 45, a mercaptan silane that is designed to dramatically improve the dynamic and physical properties of tires.
Milliken, a manufacturer of reinforcement fabrics and process aids, is presenting ready-to-use MilliCap cap ply strips, bias chafer and aqueous high-tack bead wrap. These products can go directly from the receiving dock to the tire building machine.
One solution to increase safety in the cleaning of tire moulds is to use robots. LKY has therefore developed a dry ice cleaning system where fully automated sidewall robot technology independently blasts the tire moulds with dry ice.
The ChimCheck system from KraussMaffei Berstorff allows the conductivity of chimney strips to be checked immediately after the extrusion process through touchless measurement. Off-spec batches can thus be detected during the production process to minimise scrap.
Tire Technology Expo is the place to find technology to upgrade the all-important conveyor systems in your plant. One company presenting its latest technology for new installations and retrofits is Intralox.
German distributor CMV Hoven will introduce Tekscan’s latest pressure mapping application product for capturing tire behaviour and performance at high speeds. The High Speed TireScan system captures the impact of speed, motion and inertial forces on a tire at speeds of up to 265km/h.
A range of electromechanical and servohydraulic axes with a standardised electrical drive, engineering and control concept can be found on Bosch Rexroth’s stand. These axes are self-contained, with mechanical or hydraulic gearboxes.
Alnovol is a line of phenolic resins from Allnex for steel- and textile-cord bonding applications in the tire and rubber industry. The resins offer tire manufacturers an effective replacement for problematic adhesion systems, with improved environmental performance and odour advantages.
Motorcycle tire testing is getting easier thanks to Alfamation’s latest X-Raptor system, which has been optimised for MCR tires. The machine can automatically detect anomalies including incorrect belt alignment/centring/width, incorrect strip/cord angle or spacing, strip/cord waving and foreign bodies.
Automation giant Siemens will be present at Tire Technology Expo to demonstrate its Digital Enterprise portfolio. This range of solutions revolves around ‘digital twins’ of the tire, the production machines and plants – from the design stage to real-world operation.
In partnership with TME, Prozax has developed the SuperBlast 4.0 robotic dry ice cleaner for on-line cleaning of tire moulds. The system consists of a mobile unit with an integrated Cryonomic dry ice unit with a patented air lock on a self-propelled carriage.
The beating heart of a tire plant is the drive system, and Nord Drivesystems will be showing a complete portfolio of equipment to keep the tires moving. LogiDrive includes an energy-saving IE4 synchronous motor with a rated power of up to 5.5kW, a two-stage helical bevel gear unit and a Nordac Link frequency inverter mounted close to the motor.
GACZ recently launched a two-piece spring vent to cater for applications where vents get easily blocked. Compared with the firm’s one-piece vent, the two-piece version can be taken apart and the core can be replaced instead of replacing the whole vent.
AB Svenskt Konstsilke (SKS) is growing its production of high-performance technical yarns with an all-new factory in Mexico that is slated to start operations later this year. The new plant will help SKS to spread further globally, while better catering for local customers.
A number of products to improve the production of high-performance tires will feature on the Kuraray stand. The headline product is the bio-based Liquid Farnesene Rubber, which Kuraray says is the first liquid polydiene based on naturally sourced farnesene.
Visitors to Tire Technology Expo looking for ways to improve safety at tire manufacturing plants without compromising efficiency should stop by Emerson Automation Solution’s stand, where the company will present a new single valve manifold that allows for the integration of multiple safety zones.
At the Tire Technology Conference and at its booth at the Expo, Kraton will present recent research on a new
tread enhancement additive (TEA) and its effect on the performance of tire tread compounds.
The splice checker from Afache ensures structural stability and uniformity of tires by detecting open splices, overlaps, dog ears and other imperfections on all tire components, including belt, tread, carcasses and preassemblies.
UTH has developed an evolution of its two-roll plasticizer with integrated gear pump to allow the machine to automatically and continuously homogenize treads, sidewalls, profiles and sheets at a low temperature – including fine mesh straining – all in a single step.
Visitors looking to upgrade their plant’s slitting equipment will be interested in Calemard’s new fully automated solution to produce cap strips from a web of 1,600mm-width calendered textile.
Following a successful 2018, Pelmar Engineering is cementing its position as a leading developer of new and reconditioned equipment solutions and machinery-handling services for the tire and rubber industries.