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Editorial: Auto groups make case for NAFTA
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Fighting back against free trade was one of the rallying cries that candidate Donald Trump used to fire up his base on the campaign trail.But now it seems the U.S. automotive industry will do its...
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The U.S. automotive industry will do its best to give President Donald Trump an education on why withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a mistake. The U.S. automotive industry will do its best to give President Donald Trump an education on why withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a mistake. $The U.S. automotive industry will do its best to give President Donald Trump an education on why withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a mistake.
Momentive strike ends, new contract ratified
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WATERFORD, N.Y.—Three union locals representing workers at two Momentive Performance Materials Inc. facilities have ratified a new contract, ending a more than three-month strike at the...
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WATERFORD, N.Y.—Three union locals representing workers at two Momentive facilities have ratified a new contract, ending a more than three-month strike at the Waterford plant. WATERFORD, N.Y.—Three union locals representing workers at two Momentive facilities have ratified a new contract, ending a more than three-month strike at the Waterford plant. $WATERFORD, N.Y.—Three union locals representing workers at two Momentive facilities have ratified a new contract, ending a more than three-month strike at the Waterford plant.
Bridgestone focusing efforts around consumers
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LOS ANGELES—In 2017 Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is going to focus on the boss.No, not the rocker Bruce Springsteen, the consumer—specifically the tire consumer. Gordon Knapp,...
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LOS ANGELES—In 2017 Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is going to focus on the boss, specifically the tire consumer. LOS ANGELES—In 2017 Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is going to focus on the boss, specifically the tire consumer. $LOS ANGELES—In 2017 Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations is going to focus on the boss, specifically the tire consumer.
Semperit, Shaw establish entity in U.S.
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ATLANTA—Semperit A.G.'s Sempertrans conveyor belt business and Shaw Almex Industries Ltd. have stepped up their activities in North America with the addition of a new entity, Sempertrans USA ...
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ATLANTA—Semperit's Sempertrans conveyor belt business and Shaw Almex Industries have stepped up their activities in North America. ATLANTA—Semperit's Sempertrans conveyor belt business and Shaw Almex Industries have stepped up their activities in North America. $ ATLANTA—Semperit's Sempertrans conveyor belt business and Shaw Almex Industries have stepped up their activities in North America.
Carbon black firm gets bold new name, facility
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BOULDER, Colo.—Boulder-based Waste to Energy Partners, a waste conversion company that specializes in converting end-of-life tires into carbon black, has changed its name to Bolder...
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BOULDER, Colo.—Boulder-based Waste to Energy Partners, a waste conversion company that specializes in converting end-of-life tires into carbon black, has changed its name. BOULDER, Colo.—Boulder-based Waste to Energy Partners, a waste conversion company that specializes in converting end-of-life tires into carbon black, has changed its name. $BOULDER, Colo.—Boulder-based Waste to Energy Partners, a waste conversion company that specializes in converting end-of-life tires into carbon black, has changed its name.
Hankook plans to grow in North America
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SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico—Hankook Tire America Corp. plans to step up its North American marketing efforts in 2017 as part of a strategy to grow in a marketplace that looks to remain...
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SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico—Hankook plans to step up its North American marketing efforts in 2017 as part of a strategy to grow in a marketplace that looks to remain relatively flat. SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico—Hankook plans to step up its North American marketing efforts in 2017 as part of a strategy to grow in a marketplace that looks to remain relatively flat. $SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico—Hankook plans to step up its North American marketing efforts in 2017 as part of a strategy to grow in a marketplace that looks to remain relatively flat.
Conti picks Thailand for facility
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RAYONG, Thailand—Continental A.G. has chosen a site in Rayong to construct a car and light truck tire manufacturing plant.The operation is projected to be operational by 2019. Continental...
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RAYONG, Thailand—Continental has chosen a site in Rayong to construct a car and light truck tire manufacturing plant. RAYONG, Thailand—Continental has chosen a site in Rayong to construct a car and light truck tire manufacturing plant. $RAYONG, Thailand—Continental has chosen a site in Rayong to construct a car and light truck tire manufacturing plant.
Goodyear reaches $1.75 million settlement for Danville workplace deaths
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DANVILLE, Va.—Goodyear has reached a joint settlement with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry's Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program in connection with VOSH's...
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DANVILLE, Va.—Goodyear has reached a joint settlement with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry's Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program in connection with four fatal accidents at its Danville plant during a one-year period. DANVILLE, Va.—Goodyear has reached a joint settlement with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry's Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program in connection with four fatal accidents at its Danville plant during a one-year period. $DANVILLE, Va.—Goodyear has reached a joint settlement with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry's Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program in connection with four fatal accidents at its Danville plant during a one-year period.
Cooper Tire ambassadors look to inspire students
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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., like many companies in the rubber industry, is trying to find ways to develop its talent pipeline. It realized that to do so, manufacturing needs to have a voice...
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Cooper Tire, like many companies in the rubber industry, is trying to find ways to develop its talent pipeline. It realized that to do so, manufacturing needs to have a voice early on in a child's education. Cooper Tire, like many companies in the rubber industry, is trying to find ways to develop its talent pipeline. It realized that to do so, manufacturing needs to have a voice early on in a child's education. $Cooper Tire, like many companies in the rubber industry, is trying to find ways to develop its talent pipeline. It realized that to do so, manufacturing needs to have a voice early on in a child's education.
PTG Silicones focuses on automated molding
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NEW ALBANY, Ind.—PTG Silicones Inc. is a lean, mean, automated machine.And that's just the way President Brendan Cahill likes it.The firm, approaching its 10-year anniversary, remains small ...
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NEW ALBANY, Ind.—PTG Silicones is a lean, mean, automated machine. And that's just the way President Brendan Cahill likes it. NEW ALBANY, Ind.—PTG Silicones is a lean, mean, automated machine. And that's just the way President Brendan Cahill likes it. $NEW ALBANY, Ind.—PTG Silicones is a lean, mean, automated machine. And that's just the way President Brendan Cahill likes it.
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Published on September 9, 2014

ITEC 2014 Paper 3: Modernizing Production Machinery to Gain Efficiency, Quality and Reduce Waste

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Clear trends in Western tire plants are a higher level of automation, less labor, and a reliable QA control. In addition, flexibility, safety and ergonomy are becoming increasingly important. And machinery is now becoming more integrated into the total production process. This is accomplished by connecting machines to the MES-software of the plant, which allows downloading production tickets to the machines and uploading quality data of each tire to a quality system. Secondly, the process can be integrated by logistic systems to transport components from the preparation area to the tire building machines.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In the last years VMI has launched the MAXX tire building machine and the Edgiq steelcord cutter. These machines are designed to fit those mentioned trends and support hands-off and eyes-off production and robotized green tire handling. Tire manufacturers want to reduce the human influence on tire quality and on the numbers of tires produced. The latest technologies in servo controls and vision systems enable this high level of “hands-off and eyes-off.” Hands-off means that the operator does not need to touch the tire in any step in the building process. Eyes-off means that the operator is not needed in front of the machine during tire production. Devices replace the operator’s eyes and check the process more accurately. The measurements can be stored for tracking & tracing.    Presented by Jan Grashuis, Vice President Global R & D, VMI USA.