Tire Technology Expo is the perfect opportunity to debut products and technologies, and this year saw Cassioli introduce a new range of fully automated handling solutions for manufacturing and distribution. Designed to optimize material flow and increase product quality thanks to efficient logistics and traceability, the new range offers customers high levels of flexibility.
“We are supplying a fully automatic system, starting from the tire-building machines, right the way through to automatic storage for finished products,” says Giorgio Gori, key account manager for Cassioli. “Within that, there can be different devices and automation systems – for example, we can store the green tire in an automatic warehouse, and we can manage requests coming from the curing presses. When you receive the request from the customer for the product, we can manage this with our warehouse management system.”
“從輪胎成型機開始，一直到成品的自動存儲的整個過程，我們正在提供一個全自動系統”Cassioli的大客戶經理Giorgio Gori說。 “例如，我們可以將生胎存放在自動倉庫中，然后來處理來自硫化機的生產請求。當您收到客戶對產品的需求時，我們就可以使用我們的倉庫管理系統進行管理?！?/span>
The diversity of production lines within the tire industry also means Cassioli’s experts must be adaptable.
“Because the machines are different depending on the size and type of the product, we can design our systems to be flexible to suit the requirements,” Gori adds. “Sometimes we have to work with existing sites, where there are different types of presses – sometimes really old presses – so this system has to work with all of these. For each line of presses, we have to design a different system to feed them. Because some presses were built a long time ago, they were not looking at the technology of the future.”
“由于機器的尺寸和類型不同，我們就可以根據需要來靈活設計我們的系統，”Gori補充道。 “有時我們必須給現有的場地提供解決方案-現場有各種類型的硫化機，但是有些硫化機真的比較老舊，所以這個系統的設計也必須考慮到這些問題。因為一些硫化機是很久以前制造的，并沒有考慮與未來技術的結合所需。因而，對于每條硫化生產線，我們必須設計一個相應的系統來滿足它們的需要。 ”
At the 2019 Expo, Kraton is highlighting its new range of Sylvatraxx modified terpenes, which have a higher softening point with low polarity and low molecular weight.
Nicolas Derville, business director for tires, says, “This gives better compatibility with the compound matrix and an improved performance ratio compared to existing solutions such as hydrocarbon resins. This enables a wider formulation range, due to the better compatibility and lower weight.”
Ultimately, the new product line will help customers to develop tires with greater wet grip, lower rolling resistance and better durability.
Momentive NXT Z 45硅烷---輪胎性能的提高
As tire makers strive to achieve greater efficiency in production, coupled with better performing products, the need for innovation in materials becomes more important. As a result, Momentive Performance Materials has seen a rapid increase in demand for its NXT Z 24 silane, which offers a virtually ethanol emissions-free option for enhanced tire performance.
隨著輪胎制造商對生產效率和質量品質提升的不斷追求，也讓新材料的研發也變得更加重要。這使得市場對邁圖高性能材料公司的NXT Z 24硅烷需求正在迅速增長，該硅烷在提高輪胎性能的使用中幾乎達到了無乙醇排放。
David Degville, global business unit leader for tires, explains, “We are hoping to gain exposure for our coupling agent line for silica-reinforced tread compounds, which offers performance and processing benefits, at Tire Technology Expo this year.”
Last year the company expanded its capacity in Europe with a new production plant in Leverkusen, Germany, and has announced its aim to establish an additional facility in Asia in the near future.
“The show's also an opportunity for us to build customer relations and we welcome any insights that people can give that will help us better understand the demands of the industry,” Degville adds.“
Momentive's Dr Daria Sitnikova, application development engineer, discussed how to use the NXT Z 45 silane efficiently in the plant when manufacturing high-performance tire compounds on Day 2 of the Tire Technology Expo Conference as part of the ‘Stream 10 – The Changing Role of Polymer Science in Tire Performance Improvements' program.
Momentive的應用開發工程師Daria Sitnikova博士在輪胎技術博覽會的高性能輪胎化合物討論會上，討論了如何在工廠中有效地使用NXT Z 45硅烷來作為輪胎性能改進的方法之一。
For advanced dispensing system expert Lawer, exhibiting at Tire Technology Expo is about more than simply showing off a product on a stand – the targeted and expert visitors to the Hannover Messe are able to discuss and understand the company's modular dosing equipment and, just as importantly, learn more about its potential applications.
對于先進的配料系統專家Lawer來說，參加輪胎技術博覽會不僅僅是在展臺上展示產品 - 漢諾威工業博覽會的目標客戶和專家參觀者能夠討論和了解公司的模塊化配料設備，同樣重要的是，了解有關其潛在應用的更多信息。
“We are talking about mid- and long-term projects,” explains area manager Luca Mariuzzo. “People are not seeing the machine for the first time and suddenly deciding to buy one. We are talking about investment, we are talking about projects. This show is important for us to meet people who understand [what we can do together]. We are not selling a commodity, we are selling a technical proposal. What we offer is our experience, our knowledge and our effort to meet customer expectations.”
“我們正在談論中長期項目，”區域經理Luca Mariuzzo解釋道。 “人們不會突然決定買一臺設備當第一次看到這臺機時器。我們在談論投資，我們正在談論項目。這個展會對于我們認識那些了解[我們可以一起做什么]的人很重要。我們不是在銷售商品，我們是在出售技術方案。我們提供的是我們的經驗，知識并努力滿足客戶期望?！?/span>
On the Lawer stand is an example of equipment to pre-weigh the chemical ingredients in mixing production. The modular machine is able to produce two bags per minute – in different sizes, according to the quantities in the recipe. The combination of the equipment is flexible according to the customer’s needs and the packaging in which that customer buys the chemicals.
在Lawer的展臺上是密煉生產中預先稱量小料的設備示例。 模塊化機器能夠每分鐘生產兩個袋子 - 根據配方中的數量，以不同的尺寸生產。 根據客戶的需求和客戶購買的小料的包裝，設備的組合是靈活的。
Albeniz’s AST 4.0---一種高產量、多規格輪胎貼標機
Another debut at Tire Technology Expo
2019 is Albeniz’s AST 4.0 high-yield multiformat tire-labelling machine. The new machine can support four different labels simultaneously, making it possible to offer non-stop operation. After passing through a scanning gate, the information is read from a specific tire, and transferred to the label machine, which applies the adhesive label to the tire. The height of application is fully adjustable, making it possible to work around different tire types, constructions and dimensions.
“Our advantage is that we can operate non-stop,” explains tire market product development director Joseba Albisu. “We can store four different types of labels that are fed into the machine – these can be for two different types, four different types, whatever the customer wants. And they can be changed while the machine is in operation. This is our key advantage."
我們的優勢在于該產品可以不間斷地運行，”輪胎市場產品開發總監Joseba Albisu解釋道。 “我們可以存儲送入機器的四種不同類型的標簽 - 這些標簽可以是兩種不同類型，或者四種不同類型，無論客戶想要什么。并且可以在機器運行時更換標簽。這是我們的關鍵優勢。
“In AST 2.0, our previous machine, we had the capability to apply different labels, but AST 4.0 offers greater flexibility,” Albisu adds. “It is also a more compact machine, suited for facilities where more and more of the processes are being automated, and the space is very narrow. And it's ready for Industry 4.0 – it's smart and connected.”
“以前的機器版本--AST 2.0雖然有能力應用不同的標簽，但AST 4.0提供了更大的靈活性，”Albisu補充道。 “它也是一臺更緊湊的機器，適用于越來越多的工藝自動化要求。它已經為工業4.0做好了準備 - 它很智能且可以互聯?！?/span>
Bartell Machinery Systems is demonstrating its revolutionary system concept for full inline automated inspection of tire beads. In an industry first, the company has developed a technology to replace traditional manual offline systems – which use either vision inspection or manual contact measurement – and achieve 100% inspection of beads.
Bartell 機械系統正在展示其革命性的系統概念，用于輪胎胎圈的全自動在線檢測。在行業中，該公司開發了一項技術來取代傳統的人工檢測系統 （通過視覺檢測或手動接觸測量來檢測），并實現100％的鋼絲圈檢測。
“Installed in-line with a bead winder, it measures the characteristics of every bead that is produced and distributes the beads automatically to the customer’s bead storage device,” explains Mike Hovey, regional sales manager, tire and rubber. “All data recorded can be transferred to the customer’s MBS system – and this plays into the Internet of Things.”
“與鋼絲圈卷繞機一起安裝，它可以測量所生產的每個鋼絲圈的特性，并將鋼絲圈自動分配給客戶的鋼絲圈存儲架上，”輪胎和橡膠區域銷售經理Mike Hovey解釋道。 “所有記錄的數據都可以傳輸到客戶的MBS系統 ， 這將進入物聯網?！?/span>
Key benefits of the system are greater visibility into the quality of products, elimination of user variability, improved efficiency in inspection and tighter control in maintenance. If quality conditions change over the batch run, the machine operator can adjust the machine parameters, for example. With integrated data recording and collection, companies can track their products and, if necessary, take action to either refine the equipment making the components or improve the efficiency of the process.