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Published on September 23, 2010

IMPROVEMENTS IN PRODUCTIVITY FOR RUBBER PROCESSING AND TESTING IN THE TIRE INDUSTRY

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Date Published September 23, 2010
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This paper reviews the overall technological advances which have resulted in significant improvements in productivity for the tire industry. A general review is given on this subject. Also specific attention is focused on how advances in rubber testing have contributed to the tire industry’s productivity gains from (1) Rationalization of test methods to shorter, more sensitive, more effective methods to replace older “traditional” tests, (2) Automation of various tests, (3) Simplification of test methods in order to move them out of the laboratory and onto the factory floor, and (4) Significantly improving statistical test sensitivity which has resulted in large reductions in scrap and rework which reduces total quality costs leading to productivity gains.