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Here’s How Siemens Technology Drives The Tyre Industry

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.

TIA for the Tyre Industry

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 2015Siemens held highly interesting customer discussions both with various tyre manufacturers and machine OEMs.

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Siemens Stall at TTE2016

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.

Siemens S7 1500 PLC

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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Tyre Technology Is An Amalgamation Of Science And Engineering – P.K.Mohamed

Tyre Technology is an amalgamation of science and engineering. It is dominated by physics, chemistry, mechanical and chemical engineering, says P.K.Mohamed, Chief Adviser – Research & Technology and Member of Management Board, Apollo Tyres Ltd. in an exclusive interview with Rubber Machinery World.

Mohamed is a soft-spoken and an accomplished tyre technologist with 5 decades of experience in the field of Tyre Technology and Manufacturing. When you read this passionate interview of his journey from a college lecturer to a well-known tyre technologist, you will observe struggles, challenges, achievements, dedication and loyalty; and importance of continuous education – a complete package of learning and leadership wisdom for new generation of aspiring professionals in tyre industry.

Mohamed is a Fellow Member of the Rubber and Plastic Institute London, Member in the Management Board of Apollo Tyres Ltd, Industrial Advisory board of Centre for Tyre Research, USA, IRCO and Area Director of American Chemical Society Rubber Division. Mohamed is also the Chairman of Indian Tyre Technical Advisory Committee (ITTAC), Technology Environment Safety and Standard (TESS) group of ATMA and past chairman of IRI. He has several international publications to his credit.

Mohamed’s exceptional knowledge, clarity, relevance and insight on the various aspects is awe-inspiring. I consider it a privilege to know him and present his thoughts to you in our “Know A Leader” Series.

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I urge you not to miss reading this complete interview online on our digital edition (please click on the image above). You will immensely gain from his wisdom shared through passionate narration of personal experiences growing Apollo’s technology might; know his views on changes in rubber compounding,  future of tyre building, new ideas energizing the tyre industry, sustainable profitability, automation, notes for equipment manufacturers, and machinery selection advice for buyers.

Here’s one teaser Q&A below, while the full interview has 10 questions.

Q6) Tyre design is a fascinating topic though few people really understand the differences in design between brands. How has the design of tyres really changed during as you witnessed it? What were the key factors driving this change?

P.K.Mohamed:

Tyre technology is an amalgamation of science and engineering. It is dominated by physics, chemistry, mechanical and chemical engineering. Tyre is a product which is a unique combination of steel and rubber.

Steel is responsible to withstand all stresses experienced by the tyre and rubber is responsible for taking care of its strain. Such an intelligent sharing of stresses and strain is rarely seen in any other product other than a tyre. So it is a challenge for the tyre engineer to design a carcass of a tyre with minimal strain on material when the same is stressed by inflation, vehicle load or traction loads. This challenge further increases when it comes to the tread design. Tread is responsible not only for providing adequate traction, mileage, and water drainage but also need to cater to other performance requirement of rolling resistance and noise. It is noticed that, several new concepts such as natural inflated profile (NIP), and Tension Controlled Optimized Theory (TCOT), have been tried by several companies but the tyre technologist is yet not very successful in creating a carcass which can withstand under inflated condition and provide the same performance. This still remains as a challenge. In the case of tread, several developments have taken place to enhance water drainage & traction improvement, reduction in foot print pressure & noise and improvement in aesthetics and aggressive looks. While the pattern design methodology followed by many companies generally follow same guidelines, significant deviations are seen recently to meet the new-found challenges in meeting label values in RR, traction and noise. In depth understanding is required to make significant alterations in tried and tested designs to meet ever-increasing performance requirements and advanced design simulation tools are of great use for the tyre designers in this process. With the usage of new materials and improvements in compound properties, tyre technologists are now trying to tune the behavior of new compounds in different designs for optimal performance in a given operating condition.

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How To Select Your Rubber And Tyre Machinery? Insightful Advices From 6 CEO’s

“How To Select Your Rubber And Tyre Machinery?”

This subject question could have volumes written in theory. But today we focus on what the CEO’s advise, distilled down from their experience, expertise, and wisdom.

Your equipment supplier ecosystem includes New Manufacturers, Rebuilders, OEM Suppliers, Pre-Owned Machinery Suppliers and Agent representatives.

So I asked all the CEO’s the same question to give you a true perspective.

“What would you advice on machinery selection to buyers and users of rubber and tire equipment?”

The different views they offered here are not only insightful, they are pertinent, prudent and practical.

Read on in our Special Supplement here….

This special supplement is one of our efforts to give you useful knowledge on-the-go in a concise and timely manner. This topic based micro-editions is in addition to our other initiatives like ‘Know Your Supplier’ that provides you information on the machinery supplier ecosystem.

Watch Video Version of this supplement on YouTube or Download Full PDF Here.


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