Tyre manufacturing is a highly competitive field and faces volatile changes. The ecosystem of tyre manufacturers, raw material suppliers, and machinery manufacturers are affected by industry consolidation, innovations in technology, labeling and safety requirements, increasing government regulations, shifting customer demands, and the pressure for lower customer prices.
Tyre manufacturing is also a complex process. A fault or improper procedure at any of the manufacturing stages threatens the structural integrity of the tire. And, tyre manufacturers demand the highest productivity from every stage of their manufacturing process.
This means every tyre machinery manufacturer must produce machines that offer high production output, manufacturing accuracy, reliability and product quality with low processing and maintenance costs and lowest possible manpower.
It is here Siemens, the automation and drive solutions leader, brings in technology that drives the tyre industry. Using cutting-edge technology such as Totally Integrated Automation from Siemens, local tyre manufacturers are able to fulfill demand for new and retrofit solutions, in the process sustaining their profitable business.
The tyre industry in India stands to gain massively by integrating automation right at the onset of the tyre production life-cycle. The typical value chain for manufacturing tyres start from R&D, moving to production planning, production of tyres, quality assurance, warehousing and supply.
Under the motto “Get your tire production rolling”, Siemens successfully participated in the leading international Tyre Technology Expo 2016 in Hannover on February 16 to 18, 2016. At the so far largest show – which was 20 % bigger than in 2015 – Siemens held highly interesting customer discussions both with various tyre manufacturers and machine OEMs.
Their discussions were supported by the highlights and demonstrations shown by the booth personnel as well as the Siemens presentations held at the conference. This exhibition provided a perfect platform for Siemens to showcase its latest technologies for the tyre manufacturing industries from across the world.
Through the Totally Integrated Automation and Siemens PLM software (which has a significant presence in India), Indian tyre manufacturers have ready access to technology for data integration between the various points of the value chain.
The innovative engineering framework TIA Portal integrates HMI, controllers, distributed IO, motion control and drives seamlessly into one engineering environment.
In addition, by implementing the SIMATIC range of solutions, machine builders for the tyre industry can increase productivity and cost efficiency through the latest technology.
SIMATIC PLCs support tyre manufacturers right from factory layouts and factory designs that are highly automated according to their requirements.
Explains Siemens official, “SIMATIC S7-1500 has proven to have the highest efficiency and maximum usability for complex automation tasks, having set new standards in system performance, usability, quality of control and response times. The SIMATIC S7-1200 Basic Controllers are the ideal choice for simple and autonomous tasks in the low to mid performance ranges.“
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