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VMI iCOM – A New Alternative to Final Rubber Mixing I Learnt At RUBBERCON 2015 Chennai

The rescheduled edition of RUBBERCON 2015, held on March 1-3, 2016 at Chennai was well-organized by IRI (Indian Rubber Institute) and IRCO (International Rubber Conference Organization).

Personally, this has been one of the best attended, well-organized and amongst biggest conferences I have been to recently. And to most delegates, this has been a different experience altogether.

Kudos to the complete team of organizing committee and supporting members for their massive efforts and time invested to make this conference a success. Because of them, I think RUBBERCON 2015 Chennai would easily occupy its unique place of prominence amongst biggest international conferences.

Over 75 speakers from 19 countries presented papers.

I was fortunate to successfully attend all my shortlisted speakers.

In an earlier post on mixing, I had mentioned that Single-stage mixing is not always cheaper and two-stage mixing is not always better. So, when my good friend, Dirk G.H. Reurslag, Sales Director (Industrial Solutions) of VMI Group (innovative leaders in rubber and tyre machinery) presented a new alternative on Continuous Final Mixing, it caught my attention quickly.

If you are looking to operate the complete mixing line by a single person, then you will find this JIT (Just in Time) approach to continuous mixing and blending of final rubber compounds interesting.

Before you get excited and review it’s long list of advantages, let me brief you the basic concept.

Basic Concept:

At its heart, this “mixing approach” has a cold-feed extruder along with the gear pump and they are controlled by software. VMI calls it iCOM®.

Sound’s simple (Right?)…. Wait. There’s more to it.

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VMI Continuous Final Mixing Line

Operating Principle:

If you are seeking continuous proportional blending, you will know that proper distribution-mixing should take in the screw extruder.  And for final mixing, you require the screw extruder to properly incorporate the chemicals into the compound mix. Hence, the mixing screw design from VMI is advanced and unique.

The software used is equally sophisticated to control the speeds of the screw, the pump (and input pressure) and the volumetrically operated loss-in-weight feeding system.  The mixing and proportional blending uses

  1. the volumetric operating principle of the gear pump (Read our earlier post on the concept of gear pump working) and
  2. the abilities of homogeneous plasticizing of the rubber by the screw type extruder.

The special screw extruders are the VMI SHARK® extruder gear pump combinations. Different screw types are available. VMI recommends that they select a screw for you depending on your specific application.

The chemicals to be mixed are usually polymer bound, pre-dispersed, in the form of granules and are fed to the mixing extruder by an accurate volumetrically operated loss-in-weight feeding system.

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Proportional Blending (L) & Continuous Final Mixing (R)

For Proportional Blending, you require another side-feeding extruder gear-pump. The function of the screw of this side feeding extruder is not to mix. Rather, it only needs to properly plasticize the rubber and feed it (free of entrapped air) to the gear pump. The gear pump, in its turn, pumps the rubber compound into main mixing extruder in a volumetrically controlled fashion.

Continuous Final Mixing:  You can adopt this volumetric controlled mixing-extrusion in combination with accurate dosing of granules (that contains vulcanizing agent and accelerators) by a loss-in-weight feeder, to do continuous mixing.

Controlled Back and Forward Blending:  This is the third type of blending you could achieve in the extruder screw and barrel combination. This ‘compensates’ for little irregularities, if they might occur, in the loss in weight feeding of your polymer bound chemicals

VMI develops new concepts and innovative uses of technology with the end-user. VMI seeks to work with clients that will become launch users and close collaborators. In this way, VMI only ever takes to market concepts that have been tested under real-world conditions and proven to deliver competitive advantage.

Emphasizes Dirk Reurslag, “iCOM® solution is the more economical alternative to mixing in an internal mixer”

VMI worked out the iCOM® final mixing process, which includes the VMI SHARK continuous mixing solution in combination with Rhein Chemie’s  Rhenogran polymer bound chemicals and Rhein Chemie’s Rhenowave in-line analytics.

Benefits

Your advantages of VMI iCOM® for final mixing are

  1. Lower investment on a final mix line delivering faster ROI and time to profit.
  2. Compact, integrated solution occupying modest footprint.
  3. Lower energy consumption as compared to the use of an internal mixer based final mixing line.
  4. No electricity consumption peaks like in the case of an internal mixer. Hence, a sustainable solution that reduces energy use and improves profit potential.
  5. Decentralized final mixing: This means Just in Time production as it reduces costly transport requirements for final batches. This reduces your stock of compounds and simplifies your logistics.
  6. Just in time (decentralized) final mixing allows more ‘rapid’ vulcanizers, resulting in shorter vulcanizing time.
  7. The proportional blending capabilities gives you various kinds of possibilities – Cross Blending (Most of you in mixing would know it well. This is referred to as just blending from two stage mixing), Controlled back and forward blending or Proportional Blending (both mentioned earlier.)
  8. No ‘fading’ in the produced strip: no difference in heat treatment: With batch production the first part of the (long) strip was shorter on the mill than the last part.
  9. Consistent quality of final mix compound with no scrap or rejects.
  10. One Energy Cycle (Heat-up, Cool-down cycle) can be avoided by combining final mixing with first extrusion step.
  11. Straining in the iCOM® line is possible
  12. Degassing in the iCOM® line is possible
  13. Affordable for even smaller companies

And just in case you thought this is an entirely new concept, you are in for a surprise. A Belgian compound manufacturer has the VMI iCOM® production line installed and successfully working since 2012.

VMI Group’s leadership in Extruder-Gear Pump solutions is renowned. They specialize in designing and engineering superior customized machinery for the rubber and tyre industry.

When I visited their stall at RUBBERCON 2015, I also learnt something new in their souvenir they were gifting to their customers. Known as Klomp, (more interesting facts here – Clogs), they are a type of footwear made in part or completely from wood. Pair of these is known as Klompen.

If you had been to their stall, did you pick up Klomp or Klompen (Single or Pair)?

Klompen

Summarizing, if you are looking for an innovative, automatic, decentralized, Just-In-Time, final rubber mixing line without internal mixers, this new alternative in VMI iCOM® I learnt at RUBBERCON 2015 Chennai is worth your evaluation. I am also informed, it further enables production of customized, creative and precisely targeted compounds.             

What do you think?


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Rubber Extruders And Extrusion – Special Supplement

Rubber industry only had Hot Feed Extruders until 1950’s. Then came the Cold Feed Extruders and other variations as we see them today.

Rubber extruders have a varied field of application. So, when you come across a rubber profile, strip, hose, cable, wire, cord coating, tire tread, v-belt, tube, or blank remember that they are only a few handful of products manufactured using extrusion process.

Life today is mostly spent trying to catch up with latest developments. However, in the process the basics and fundamentals are sometimes overlooked. So, in this Knowledge On-The-Go Special Supplement, we bring to you a ‘collector’s edition’ on Extruders and Extrusion incorporating the fundamentals.

(Our digital editions are available on two platforms – Youblisher or Yumpu)

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I hope you find this special supplement informative.

(Disclaimer: All the pictures and statements in this special supplement are sourced from web or shared by respective companies. All copyrights belong to actual owner. Rubber Machinery World does not independently verify them nor will vouch for their genuineness, hence will not be liable for any misrepresented data. The images are used here for representation purpose only.)


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10 C’s of Supplier Evaluation That Benefits You Quicker

Have you ever finalized and transacted with a supplier, only to realize, later, that you’d made the wrong choice?

This could be in any form.

For example, you may have found a supplier that offered a good price, but later realized that its quality standards were low, or that its communication was unacceptably poor.

Or in cases of sub-contracting, equipment supplied and branded with your logo are substandard.

It makes no difference what business you are in; suppliers and vendors play a key role in your company’s success.

The real cost of mismatches between your needs and a supplier’s offerings are not always obvious. Such mismatches can add costs, delay projects and even damage your organization’s reputation when the equipment supplied is substandard.

Selecting your right supplier (for machinery, equipment or spares) includes much more than a focus purely on cost.

If you are actively involved in supplier selection you already know that it can be an exhaustive process. Because there are a wide range of variables to consider that make the supplier selection process complex and time-consuming.

You may introduce standardization criteria through an assessment framework or template for selecting suppliers. Having a formalized system in place to track and evaluate supplier and vendor performance is essential to the smooth operation and profitability of your company. This also helps you level the playing field whilst giving you a standardized procedure removing some of the guesswork from the process.

But how should you evaluate your potential suppliers? Here’s where Ray Carter’s work assumes significance.

To the uninitiated, Ray Carter (Director of DPSS Consultants) first outlined his Seven Cs of Supplier Evaluation in a 1995 article in ‘Purchasing and Supply Management’.  He later added three new Cs to the model.

The “10 C’s of Supplier Evaluation” help you avoid supplier or vendor problems. Such a checklist helps you to outline organizational needs, understand how suppliers can meet them, and identify the right supplier for you.

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While your criteria of selection for rubber and tyre machinery suppliers may be subtly different – developing a standardized set of requirements will help simplify the process and remove subjectivity.

So what to consider in 10 C’s of Supplier Evaluation that benefits you quicker?

  1. Competency:

Does your supplier have the skills to deliver the products you require?

This is fundamental to being a good supplier and competency needs to have evidence to back it up, there is no point in you simply making assumptions. Your supplier needs to provide hard evidence.

So, make a thorough assessment of the supplier’s capabilities measured against your needs, but then also look at what other customers think. How happy are they with the supplier? Have they encountered any problems? And why have former customers changed supplier?

When you evaluate, look for customers whose needs and values are similar to yours, to ensure that the information you gather is relevant to your organization.

  1. Capacity

Your supplier needs to have sufficient capacity to enable it to operate flexibly. The more flexible the supplier is, the more it can meet fluctuations in demand.

Look at the supplier’s entire resources (including staff, equipment, storage, and materials). Does it have the resources to meet your needs, particularly when commitments to other clients are considered? Can your supplier flex their capacity in line with your requirements?

The supplier needs to have enough capacity to handle your firm’s requirements. So, how quickly will it be able to respond to these (and to other market and supply) fluctuations?

  1. Commitment

Quality is a key requirement for any business.

Your supplier needs to provide evidence that it’s committed to high quality standards. Wherever appropriate, look for quality initiatives such as ISO 9001 and Six Sigma, within the supplier organization.

The supplier also needs to show that it is committed to you, as a customer, for the duration of the time that you expect to work together. This is particularly important if you’re planning a long-term relationship with the supplier. You’ll need evidence of its ongoing commitment to delivering to your requirements, whatever the needs of its other customers.

Does your supplier have the commitment to maintain suitable quality performance?

  1. Control

Query how much control this supplier has over its policies, processes, procedures, and supply chain. Control is important because it is control of the processes and internal procedures that needs to be looked at, so that a full profile can be established of the supplier and how much control the supplier has.

Control can take various forms, for example, how much control does the supplier have in terms of its suppliers warning it when goods become scarce or even stop being produced.

So there are lots of different aspects to control. Is your supplier in control of their policies and procedures? How will it ensure that it delivers consistently and reliably, particularly if it relies on scarce resources, and particularly if these are controlled by another organization?

  1. Cash

This is the financial standing of the supplier. Your supplier should be in good financial health.

Cash-positive firms are in a much better position to withstand the ups and downs of an uncertain economy. So, does your supplier have plenty of cash at hand, or is it overextended financially? And what information can the supplier offer to demonstrate its ongoing financial strength? Does your supplier have adequate financial standing? Are they in a robust position or are they teetering on the edge of financial meltdown?

  1. Cost

Look at the cost of the product that this supplier offers. You will find it interesting to observe that cost is not listed as the No. 1 issue and is in the middle of the 10 C’s of Supplier Evaluation list for a reason: other factors, such as a commitment to quality and financial health, can potentially affect your business much more than cost alone, particularly if you will be relying on the supplier on an ongoing basis.

What is the cost of products from the supplier? How does this compare with the other firms that you’re considering?

(On a related note, you may also read our post on Total Cost of Ownership)

  1. Consistency

How will this supplier ensure that it consistently provides high quality goods or services?

No one can be perfect all of the time. However, the supplier should have processes or procedures in place to ensure consistency. Ask your supplier about its approach, and get a demonstration and a test product, if possible.

Does your supplier guarantee a consistent product time and time again?

  1. Culture

This is an interesting point. Carter felt that the supplier should be one that has the same values and ways of operating as the customer. In a sense this is almost about compatibility, but it makes sense for the supplier and the customer to have some shared values and practices, otherwise the relationship could be strained in the future, simply due to the clash in different cultures.

The best business relationships are based on closely matching workplace values. For example, what if your organization’s most important value is quality and your main supplier cares more about meeting deadlines? This mismatch could mean that it’s willing to cut corners in a way that could prove to be unacceptable to you.

So evaluate, does the supplier share the same cultural values as your organization? Does it make sense that your supplier shares similar values and attitudes to avoid strains in the future relationship?

  1. Clean

This is a reflection of increased environmental awareness and refers to your supplier’s commitment to sustainability, and its adherence to environmental laws and best practices.

So in a sense, suppliers are asked to demonstrate their ‘green credentials’. What is it doing to lighten its environmental footprint? Ask to see evidence of any green credentials that it’s earned.

Also, does this supplier treat its people (and the people around it) well?  Does it have a reputation for doing business ethically? Does your supplier have an appropriate sustainability policy?

  1. Communication

Although it may seem obvious, query how the supplier plans to keep in touch with you. Will it be by fax, email or telephone?

Communication also covers the ICT software and applications that the supplier has. What tools will you utilize to communicate with your supplier? Will its proposed communication approaches align with your preferred methods? And who will be your contact person at this firm?

It’s also important to find out how the supplier will handle communications in the event of a crisis. For example consider how you will manage problem resolution and issue escalation. How quickly will it notify you if there’s a supply disruption? How will that communication take place? And will you be able to reach senior people, if you need to?

Summarizing, the Carter 10 C’s of Supplier Evaluation model is an internationally recognized approach, taught in procurement studies, and acknowledged as an all-inclusive means of making sure that a thorough method is adopted to evaluate suppliers in a fair manner for all potential entrants.

How do you evaluate and select your suppliers?


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Turnkey TSR Processing Experts – Know Your Supplier

If you are into rubber sourcing, you already know that introduction of Technically Specified Rubber (TSR) has standardized the rubber grading (as compared to RSS) and simplified procurement for buyers. Depending on the origin, you get Standard Malaysian Rubber (SMR), Standard Thai Rubber (STR), Standard Indonesian Rubber (SIR), Standard Sri Lanka Rubber (SSR), Standard Vietnam Rubber (SVR), Indian Standard Natural Rubber (ISNR), etc.

Setting up a TSR production line demands a uniquely different series of main and allied machinery lines (starting with cup/crumb rubber to bales from stacked rubber sheets). More importantly, you need an expert to guide you well.

At Rubber Machinery World, our effort to bring you information on an equipment supplier’s Competency, Capacity, Commitment, Communication, Technology, Market Presence, Culture and other details that you seek; continues with this advertorial of ‘Know Your Supplier’.

In this post, I introduce you to a two-decade old Turnkey TSR Processing Machinery Supplier based in India and expanding fast.

Hevea Engineering Works Pvt. Ltd  is into Design, Manufacturing, Supply, Installation, Commissioning and Service of machinery for TSR Processing and Rubber Moulded Goods Industry since 1996 with a glowing reputation in India and overseas.

Hevea Engineering Works

From an exhaustive interview with Tom C. Abraham, Director, we understand that Hevea Engineering Works (HEW) is fast building on its reputation and expertise of very strong pre-sales consulting, customized machinery design and post-sales support for Turnkey TSR processing.

I reproduce for you a teaser of our conversation in this post. Please do read full interview to comprehensively Know Your Supplier on this special edition here or by clicking on the below image.

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Q. What are the major strengths of Hevea Engineering Works? How do you add value to TSR equipment buyers?

We have established a strong base in TSR processing machinery in last 20 yrs. We understand the complete TSR value chain – right from cup rubber to final usage. This gives us the unique perspective to recommend the right solution to our customers. The ‘solution’ can vary from as basic (though important) as consulting on plant layout and design to supply of customized machinery for TSR processing. For example, you would benefit from different designs for a DRC of 45% as compared to DRC of 80%. Again machinery varies for latex processing, field coagulum, or RSS reprocessing. We understand TSR best. We improve our designs regularly based on our customers’ feedback. Additionally, at our own production facility, we test our products.

This means when customers buy from us, they can be assured of machinery that is improved in design, are user-friendly and has low maintenance.

Competitive pricing is another big strength with us because we control the design and manufacturing in-house.

Q.  I see that you have a vast range of equipment for TSR industry. So, what products and services can a prospective buyer expect when they come to you?

TSR Processing machinery selection can be complex for a new entrant while established processors understand the nuances well. This is because depending on the nature of the raw material (for example latex processing, field coagulum, RSS reprocessing, etc) the machinery design, usage and functionality vary. At HEW, we understand the TSR value chain comprehensively. This means when a prospective buyer comes to us he could discuss his requirement of main TSR Processing Main Machinery like Slab Cutter, Pre-Breaker, Hammer Mill, Creper, Shredder, Dryer, Hydraulic Press together with the supporting machinery Conveyor, Grab Bucket, Crumb Filling Station, Bucket Elevator, Scrubber, Metal detector, etc. For new projects, we recommend that buyer involves us from start like site selection/planning, layout design, machinery selection and a detailed cost estimate. We also help in providing electrical data, water requirements, Effluent Treatment etc. This is highly advantageous for the customers, as it saves a lot of initial time and money, and also greatly reduces the project execution time.

Lately we have diversified into rubber moulding machinery like intermix, kneader and moulding presses. An existing user can discuss with us his reconditioning or service requirements in these ranges of machinery.

Summarizing, our endeavor is to provide quality machinery at a competitive price and continue building our list of satisfied customers in India and abroad.

Q. How do you differentiate yourself as well as compete on price of your products with other brands in the market and of course with the cheaper SE Asian machines?

Hevea Engineering Works has been designing and manufacturing TSR processing machinery since 1996. We did our first export to Srilanka and In 2007, we also set up the first TSR processing factory in North-East India for our customer. Since then, we have built on our strengths of delivering high quality product at competitive pricing, leveraging in-house design and engineering capabilities to customize. Our expertise in TSR processing machinery is built both from our acquired knowledge of the industry and our personal experiences. We have designed our Dryer to minimize the heat loss, yielding greatly reduced fuel consumption. Another example – our crepers, pre-breakers etc have been redesigned to greatly reduce maintenance schedules and costs. The increased machinery uptime influences the efficiency significantly. Our products are built to suit the raw materials available in each region. In India, the manufacturing capacity of a typical TSR plant is 40-60 tons per day. Our machines easily match this capacity. Because of these considerations, and also due to the relatively low manufacturing costs in India, our prices are very competitive. Further, in addition to our competitive prices, we are very strong on pre-sales consulting, customized machinery design, operator training and post-sales support.

So, if you are looking for highest Return-On-Investment with the quickest payback period, our product range is easily the right solution for you.

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Also, in this eEdition, for your comprehensive information we included a box, adjacent to pictures, explaining the utility of each machinery in a TSR Production Line. Download PDF Here

Meanwhile, here is a quick overview of TSR Processing Machinery Solutions from Hevea Engineering Works and their contacts if you would like to reach them quickly.

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7 Do’s (And Don’ts) In Calendering

Our earlier post on 8 Common Defects In Rubber Calendering (And How You Can Fix It) received few additional questions from your industry peers asking about the right practices in Rubber Calendering.

So, here are 7 Do’s And Don’ts in Rubber Calendering compiled as an info-sheet for your quick review.

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Summarizing, while choosing the right rubber calender is important, learning to operate it smartly is equally key for your success with this machine.

Do you have more to add to this list of Do’s and Don’ts? Let us know.


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Industrie 4.0 And Why You Should Be Excited About It?

If you are even remotely following the advancements in manufacturing and automation, then you have already heard this term – Industrie 4.0. A German branded initiative, this is a term coined for the next stage of manufacturing that describes the main future development tasks required to achieve a ‘Smart Factory‘.

To quickly understand, you may visualize smart factories as ‘social networks’ where humans, machines and materials communicate and interact in real time.

Considered the 4th industrial revolution in manufacturing (watch a video), Industrie 4.0 is a dynamic process of evolution. It refers to the technological evolution from embedded systems to Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).

Too much of jargons? Let me make an effort to explain…..

Relevance of CPS

In your manufacturing environment, these Cyber-Physical Systems comprise of smart machines, storage systems and production facilities capable of autonomously exchanging information, triggering actions and controlling each other independently.

This means all your machines, processes, control systems, logistics and even end-products are closely interconnected via internet-based, data-handling technologies and devices.

CPS makes your next level of decentralization realistic. It improves your resource productivity and efficiency, enables more flexible models of your work organization.

Says, Ashutosh Chincholikar, Business Head, Smart Controls India Ltd, “With Industrie 4.0, rubber and tyre machinery will no longer simply ‘processes’ the product, but your product would communicate with the machinery to tell it exactly what to do.”

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Benefits of Industrie 4.0

Your benefits include flexibility in specification and volume, fine-tuning to your customer needs, and improving efficiency as a way to reduce your cost.

Your product development-to-market and order-to-shipment lead times become shorter. Expensive downtime for your machinery and plant gets reduced through remote monitoring and predictive maintenance.

Digitization, connected-ness and virtual tool planning opens your door to customized mass-production. This means you can produce very small batch sizes and yet sell at a profit.  Flexible manufacturing may mean that more of your parts and production materials have to be detected, inspected and identified. Transparency and reproducibility of your processes will enhance your product quality.

Experiences shared by Smart Controls India Ltd, include significant benefits like

  • 5% increase in productivity on 20 machines was equal to an extra machine.
  • 25% saving on a plant in Auto industry
  • 11% efficiency improvements in first 3 months at a Tire Company.
  • 68% gain in production by just fine tuning setup processes (up from 410 to 690 parts/week)
  • A large equipment manufacturer’s OEE shot up from 24% to 62% on machines

It is these benefits of speed, flexibility, quality amongst others that should keep you excited and upbeat about the prospects of Industrie 4.0. Further when you use CPS, you will have a clear advantage to attract the best employee talent since you can offer a better work-life balance.

| It is these benefits of speed, flexibility, quality amongst others that should keep you excited and upbeat about the prospects of Industrie 4.0. |

Need for a balanced approach

Interestingly, Industrie 4.0 goes by a variety of names: ‘Advanced Manufacturing’ in the USA and the UK, ‘les usines du futur’ (The Factories of the Future) in France, ‘Made Different – Factories of the Future’ in Belgium, and “Smart Industries” in the Netherlands.

As a manufacturer, you definitely need to procure equipment with right level of futuristic automation. Because Industrie 4.0 is bringing fundamental change to your business competition in today’s ‘VUCA’ (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world.  If you continue using today’s automation systems you will fail due to excess cost in automation.

| If you continue using today’s automation systems you will fail due to excess cost in automation. |

However, it is also necessary to find the balance between full automation and manual work. It doesn’t make sense to automate all your manufacturing processes completely as the cost of that will be too high.

For example, tire production is high-volume customization. The tire industry seeks to consistently improve quality while cutting waste, thus reduce the cost of each tire. Experts and Leaders will tell you that the steps you need to do this in China or India are different than they are in Japan or in Europe or in the U.S.

Every application must be evaluated with regards to the breakeven point. And that is where you will benefit with the assistance of a systems integrator.

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Adopt a Balanced Approach. (Image Source: Web)

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Adds Ashutosh, “In order to implement automation solutions in the tyre industry someone who understands the intricacies of tyre manufacturing processes – from mixing, tyre building, curing to inspection – is needed. This is where Smart Controls plays a big role. With over 15 years of experience in serving the tyre industry, Smart Controls has full knowledge and experience of using the Siemens Technological Platform to implement automation solutions for almost all processes of tyre making.”

(You may wish to hear more on the ‘role of a system integrator in your smart factory’, when Ashutosh Chincholikar speaks at the International Rubber Conference in Chennai on March 1-3, 2016.) 

Summarizing, Industrie 4.0 is more than just a buzzword today and hence important that you take notice. Because it ensures that your resources are used more efficiently while people and machinery work far more productively.

Let us know your thoughts on Smart Factory and and plans for Industrie 4.0.


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The Collectors Edition Of Most-Read Topics in 2015

The year 2015 has been an exciting one for RUBBER MACHINERY WORLD. This portal now brings to you increasing range of topics on rubber and tyre machinery regularly.

A passion that started out on Valentine’s Day to share information on machinery is now a well regarded Knowledge Portal on Rubber & Tyre Equipment closing in on 40k hits with a fast growing reader base of equipment buyers across 5 continents.

As 2015 draws to a close, reflecting on your progress is a sure way to move ahead. Because, though you cannot change your past, by learning from the ‘misses’ and building confidence from your ‘hits’, you can ‘plan’ for greater success in 2016.

Till date this year, we received amazing feedback on the differentiated style of presenting valuable knowledge concisely in a refreshing, simple and easy-to-access manner. Few topics really stood out for the reader’s interest and its recurring need.

In this concluding issue of 2015, we chose to reciprocate your appreciation and feedback in the most apt manner. So, we compiled the 3 most-read topics on our portal into a single ‘collector’s edition’ for your quick reference always.

Here’s the collectors edition of 3 Most-Read Topics in 2015

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I hope this collector’s edition of Rubber & Tyre Machinery World’s e-Publications finds space in your digital library – either as your favorite bookmarks or valuable PDF downloads.

I wish you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and A Prosperous New Year. May all your dreams turn into reality and all your efforts into great achievements in 2016.

Please continue to encourage, help us improve with your feedback and comments in 2016 as well.

(Disclaimer: Any pictures and quoted statements in our special supplements are shared with us by the respective companies and/or sources are mentioned appropriately. Rubber Machinery World does not independently verify them nor will vouch for their actions, hence will not be liable for any misrepresented data.)


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