Aquajet Ltd will showcase its range of fine rubber powders produced from recycled end-of-life truck tires.
Aquajet is the first company to implement this truck-tire waterjet milling technology process,
where used truck and bus tires, which have reached the end of their life cycle, are recycled with no need for preliminary shredding.
SENSIT will showcase its range of resistance thermocouple temperature sensors designed to ensure even dispersion of unvulcanised rubber during the mixing process.
Unvulcanized rubber behaves as viscoelastic liquid during processing, and a number of additives rely on temperature accuracy to ensure even dispersion during the mixing process.
The range of temperature sensors from SENSIT aid this mixing process, with sensors able to be adapted to meet the requirements of individual devices from different manufacturers.
Rubber processing machinery manufacturer Uth has invested a seven-digit euro sum in the construction of an assembly hall at its base in Fulda in the center of Germany. “Many new developments placed increased demands on our operational resources. For example, our newly developed two-roll plasticizer technology, weighing 40 metric tons, for the preparation of rubber compounds, brought us to our capacity limits,” explains MD Peter J Uth.
Spoolex will debut its new fully automated in-line center-driven turret winder for narrow webs, slitting 700mm into 30/40mm strips. This fully automated winding section, to be inserted into a gum tape extrusion line, is versatile, easy to handle and improves productivity rates.
Open Mind Technologies will be welcoming visitors to its stand to learn more about its hyperMill MAXX Machining performance package. Three powerful modules for finishing, roughing and drilling enable a huge improvement in productivity levels, and ultimately economic benefits when working under increasing time and cost pressures. With the five-axis tangent plane machining strategy, machining time can be reduced by up to 90%. hyperMill is an innovative CAM solution comprising 2.5D, 3D as well as five-axis milling, mill/turning and machining operations such as HSC and HPC. A special application package is also available for milling tire molds.
For the latest in additive manufacturing technology, head to the SLM Solutions booth where the company’s experts will be on hand to discuss its metal-based selective laser melting (SLM) machines. Its flagship product, the SLM 500, with up to 4 x 700W fiber lasers, is ideal for mass production of complex build parts. With three times higher gas flow, the robust SLM machine produces parts with extremely high density and surface quality. Soot is removed from the process chamber efficiently and reliably, even for long duration builds. Furthermore, the SLM 500 offers fully automated powder management. Metal powder is continuously and automatically sieved and fed into the build process using the PSV, and removal of the build parts is performed efficiently in the PRS. The next build can thus begin immediately using an additional build cylinder, reducing turnaround time.
Beumer Group will showcase its automated tire handling system, which delivers higher productivity and efficiency than conventional systems. By automating the handling of green tires, the company’s Tire Tray System virtually eliminates the risk of the tires being damaged or deformed during the build and finishing processes. The Tire Tray System offers tire manufacturers higher capacity throughput using less equipment and space, at a lower cost.
Matteuzzi will use the Expo to launch its new tire finishing machinery, including a geometry inspection system for OTR and agricultural tires, as well as the WSW-10 white sidewall horizontal buffing machine for car and light truck tires. Some of these cutting-edge units are already operational at tire production facilities.
Meanwhile, in early 2017 Mattuezzi began construction of a brand-new facility at its headquarters near Bologna in Italy. Scheduled for completion in 2018, the building will provide more space, including additional offices, a new customer reception, and a more modern working area designed to enhance working processes in both the production and R&D departments.
Attempts to mount and operate devices inside rotating tires have been difficult to realize due to device size limitations, insufficient battery capacity, and the potential for damage to the power supply wiring. Exhibitor WirelessPower21 will use the show as a platform to highlight its solution that can wirelessly transmit constant power, enabling successful operation of these devices.
For tire modeling services and know-how, head to Applus IDIADA’s booth. The company’s expert chassis engineers are able to conduct tire performance assessments using advanced tire models while a vehicle is still being designed, without any involvement in FEM.
For this purpose, IDIADA uses two widely known tire models – the MF-Tyre model, which is applied mainly in handling evaluation, and the F Tire model, used for handling and ride comfort simulation, NVH analysis and road load prediction.
Make sure you stop by Gama Consulting’s stand, where it will be highlighting a range of auxiliary equipment for the tire industry and for factory logistics. The company’s trolleys and holders, cartridges, finished tire racks, flat green tire racks, case tire racks and fully automated conveyor systems are already installed at Cooper Tire and Michelin plants. Specially designed platforms for TBM machines and platforms in the after-curing zone, developed with Black Donuts Engineering, are also installed at factories in Serbia. Gama Consulting experts are at your disposal for complete installation of the equipment. The company believes that its USP is its ability to supply many types of equipment as well as shapes, materials, dimensions and quantities
LMI will debut two smart sensor models at the show – the Gocator 2430 and 2440 for high-speed, high-sensitivity 3D inspection. Both sensors adopt the latest optical technology.
A new-generation two-megapixel imager delivers high-resolution profiles at 5kHz – making these sensors ideal for high-speed scanning applications of areas such as tread/sidewall, rubber extrusion and more. Faster scanning allows users to speed up their inline process and achieve the highest resolutions.
Visitors to the Metravib stand will find details of its new dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA). The latest DMA+ concept incorporates unique capabilities for applying dynamic test methods to a rubber compound specimen under various shapes, dimensions and testing modes (compression, shear and tension).
Tire Technology Expo 2017 was the second time Rubreco attended the show. The company’s objective was to increase awareness of its unique rubber devulcanization/regeneration technology. Instead, it has led to a completely new application of the technology and a new business relationship with Swiss company Avonisys.
News comes from show exhibitor Europa Systems, which recently undertook the factory acceptance test for a new handling system it installed at a tire plant
in Africa. The company is an integrator and supplier of automated conveyor systems and equipped the factory in Algeria with an innovative new solution developed by its Polish engineers. This features a double centering device that positions two tires at the same time in the correct place to be picked up by a robot. It has a load capacity of 30kg/m, a speed of 60m/min and a maximum capacity 14,500 tires/24h.
Make sure you visit the National Tire Research Center (NTRC) stand to learn more about two current topics in surface research. NTRC – the tire characterization division of the Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation (GCAPS) – has established itself as one of the leading locations for passenger, light truck and motorsports tire testing and research.
Visitors interested in the latest curing bladder technology can head to Continental’s stand. The company has recently expanded the size range of its bladders for UHP tires. These can be ordered to fit all common press types with foot diameters to meet any clamp design criteria.
The UHP curing bladder line incorporates the latest technology in bladder contour, compound and surface treatment to provide a product that is designed specifically to fit the low profile shape of ultra-high performance tires.
Experts from Cimcorp will be on hand to discuss how the company can help you achieve greater productivity and efficiency in your plants with its Dream Factory solution, which automates and optimizes material flows. Using robotic technology for handling and buffer storage, Dream Factory provides an end-to-end solution and increases production capacity through 100% availability of materials at each process step.
One of the many technology debuts at the show will be GLM’s cutting-edge new measurement tool, which combines two systems, enabling simultaneous measurements of the outer tire contour and the inside of the tire. A prototype system will be shown for the first time and set up as a demonstration to show how the measurement method works on part of a tire (though the actual system can be used to measure on a whole tire).
The Festo VTEM Motion Terminal is claimed to be the world’s first pneumatic automation platform to be controlled by apps. For the first time ever, the functions of a valve can be controlled and changed by software – without the need to change the hardware. Digitization is thus moving into pneumatics.
BST eltromat International will present several highlights for quality assurance systems and automation solutions on its stand at Tire Technology Expo 2018. The company has over 20 years of practical expertise in manufacturing quality assurance systems for the web processing industry and in automating complex production processes and high-performance machines. Customers and interested visitors can learn more about the CCD CAM 100 high-end linescan camera.
tire manufacturing and tire logistics sectors. With added capacity thanks to a recently enlarged workforce, engineering team and production facility, Berrmak is creating a new division for tire conveying systems as well as a special division for telescopic conveyors.
For the tire market, Alfamation manufactures fully automated and modular x-ray inspection systems for tire quality control. The systems are said to feature high accuracy and high productivity, low test cost per unit and reduced footprint and volume.
Laser system specialist 4JET Technologies will launch its next-generation STMCS laser mold cleaning system during Tire Technology Expo. The redesigned system is now available for tire mold sizes ranging from typical passenger car sizes, to truck and bus tires. New features include an automatic mold-loading feature and a two-table design for maximized throughput.
Tire reinforcement solutions from Bekaert promise lower rolling resistance, leading to increased range for electric cars. The impact of tires on the energy consumption of EVs means that reducing rolling resistance is more important than ever. Claimed to be lighter and stronger than alternatives, Bekaert’s ultra-high strength steel cords notably reduce the weight of tires. They enable the use of thinner plies, which leads to lower rolling resistance and increase mileage.
Kuraray will present its liquid rubber portfolio, consisting of liquid isoprene rubber (LIR) and liquid butadiene rubber (LBR). Conference speaker and technical manager Marcel Gründken will have more information about how using liquid rubber can lead to safer and faster tires. Liquid rubber acts as a co-vulcanizable plasticizer and provides a rubber modification that exceeds the pure plasticizing effect.
Numerous studies have shown that some laboratory test results do not sufficiently correlate with the behavior of technical rubber parts in terms of lifetime and wear while they are in service. PRL, the elastomer expert group of Coesfeld, develops measuring methods and suitable instruments with whose help the properties of rubber material can be predicted.
Reduced tire weight and rolling resistance, elimination of preparation steps, easy assembly at tire building – all these objectives can be addressed with Milliken’s ready-to-use MilliCap cap ply strips, tapes, bias chafer and beadwrap, which will be showcased at Tire Technology Expo 2018. These products can go direct from the receiving dock to the tire building machine, enabled by Milliken’s expertise in textile formation and chemistry for adhesion and building tack.
After more than 16 years developing robotized spraying machines for green-tire carousels, Gislotica’s engineering department has recently concentrated its energies on a new style of equipment for coating green tires. The new
robot-assisted spraying machine retains the high-accuracy, multiple-spray technologies that Gislotica has become known for.
After the introduction years ago of CyXbelt, CyXplus, a specialist in x-ray inspection for the tire industry, has added a new function to the equipment. Not only can it be used to measure cord spacing and wire angle, and to detect overlap, missing cord or foreign material, but now it can also measure the width of the product and detect dog ear.
At Tire Technology Expo 2018, Computype is excited to be launching its newly innovated Chromaffix system. A dynamic tread labeling automation solution, Chromaffix is said to offer process improvements through an integration strategy that enables a seamless manufacturing workflow. Reducing errors and the overhead associated with manual labor, the return on investment can be fully realized in less than a year, all while supporting improved tire branding and data management for Industry 4.0.
Marangoni Tyre Machinery has reached its goal of realizing fully automated strip-winding systems from the feeding to the extruder right up to the winding onto the carcass, thus eliminating any human handling along the lamination line. The new-generation system is called Strip-Shuttle and feeds and transports the laminated rubber-strip along the whole line.
Digitization is changing the tire industry, with machinery and factories becoming increasingly smart. In addition, growing, global competitive pressure is forcing the industry to exploit every opportunity to systematically increase efficiency. Siemens believes that its customers benefit from experience and expertise along the entire value chain, from product design to production design, production engineering, production execution and maintenance.
French machinery manufacturer Mondon offers cutting-edge technology with inline solutions for tire and rubber preparation. Based on its extensive know-how in ergonomic and automatic machines, Mondon supplies let-off, maxi and mini slitters and fully automatic spooling lines for mini slitters or cap strip lines.
Rostan Tiremolds will take advantage of the great opportunity Tire Technology Expo represents to introduce its partnership with Bicarjet. The tire mold maker and this pioneer in surface cleaning have paired up to deliver a great innovation in mold maintenance.