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Elkem Silicones shows off LSR Select at MD&M West
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ANAHEIM, Calif.—Elkem Silicones USA Corp. has been working on its new process for liquid silicone rubber for a few years, and now it's ready to show the industry. The company officially...
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ANAHEIM, Calif.—Elkem Silicones USA has been working on its new process for liquid silicone rubber for a few years, and now it's ready to show the industry. ANAHEIM, Calif.—Elkem Silicones USA has been working on its new process for liquid silicone rubber for a few years, and now it's ready to show the industry. $ANAHEIM, Calif.—Elkem Silicones USA has been working on its new process for liquid silicone rubber for a few years, and now it's ready to show the industry.
Natural rubber, latex drive Momentum's growth
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UNIONTOWN, Ohio—Momentum Technologies Laboratories Inc. expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests. The additions, which included new...
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UNIONTOWN, Ohio—Momentum Technologies Laboratories expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests. UNIONTOWN, Ohio—Momentum Technologies Laboratories expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests. $UNIONTOWN, Ohio—Momentum Technologies Laboratories expanded both its facility and capabilities to handle natural rubber and natural latex requests.
Lord to add production in Germany
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HUECKELHOVEN, Germany—Lord Corp. plans to expand operations at its facility in Hueckelhoven in response to what it sees as a fast-growing electric vehicle market. The firm will invest about ...
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HUECKELHOVEN, Germany—Lord plans to expand operations at its facility in Hueckelhoven in response to what it sees as a fast-growing electric vehicle market. HUECKELHOVEN, Germany—Lord plans to expand operations at its facility in Hueckelhoven in response to what it sees as a fast-growing electric vehicle market. $HUECKELHOVEN, Germany—Lord plans to expand operations at its facility in Hueckelhoven in response to what it sees as a fast-growing electric vehicle market.
Kraton considers divestment of Cariflex business
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HOUSTON—Kraton Corp.'s Cariflex polyisoprene products unit is a strong and growing business, the company said in its 2018 financial statement. And that is part of the reason why Kraton is...
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HOUSTON—Kraton's Cariflex polyisoprene products unit is a strong and growing business. That is part of the reason why Kraton is thinking about selling it. HOUSTON—Kraton's Cariflex polyisoprene products unit is a strong and growing business. That is part of the reason why Kraton is thinking about selling it. $HOUSTON—Kraton's Cariflex polyisoprene products unit is a strong and growing business. That is part of the reason why Kraton is thinking about selling it.
Wacky World of Rubber: Goodyear's Aero concept tire takes mobility to new heights
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It takes a visionary with a truly creative mind to look at the world of tomorrow's tomorrow and see the challenges humanity will face. Moreover, it takes a special person to peer into the future...
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Goodyear's newest concept tire is taking mobility to new heights and defying gravity along the way. Goodyear's newest concept tire is taking mobility to new heights and defying gravity along the way. $Goodyear's newest concept tire is taking mobility to new heights and defying gravity along the way.
Freudenberg takes majority stake in Xalt Energy
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MIDLAND, Mich.—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has upped the ante on its commitment to electrified technologies. Almost one year after acquiring a 31 percent stake in Midland-based Xalt...
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MIDLAND, Mich.—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has upped the ante on its commitment to electrified technologies. MIDLAND, Mich.—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has upped the ante on its commitment to electrified technologies. $MIDLAND, Mich.—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has upped the ante on its commitment to electrified technologies.
Michelin to foster hydrogen fuel-cell development with new joint venture
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PARIS—Michelin and Faurecia Group, a leading French automotive systems supplier, have agreed to form a joint venture that will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel-cell systems for...
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PARIS—Michelin and Faurecia Group have agreed to form a joint venture that will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel-cell systems for light vehicles, utility vehicles, trucks and other applications. PARIS—Michelin and Faurecia Group have agreed to form a joint venture that will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel-cell systems for light vehicles, utility vehicles, trucks and other applications. $PARIS—Michelin and Faurecia Group have agreed to form a joint venture that will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel-cell systems for light vehicles, utility vehicles, trucks and other applications.
GW Plastics expands in Ireland
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SLIGO, Ireland—GW Plastics Inc. has continually re-invested in its operations during the course of the last five years. Add another investment to the list. The firm recently disclosed a $6....
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SLIGO, Ireland—GW Plastics recently disclosed a $6.8 million investment to increase product development, precision tooling, thermoplastic and liquid silicone injection molding at its site in Sligo. SLIGO, Ireland—GW Plastics recently disclosed a $6.8 million investment to increase product development, precision tooling, thermoplastic and liquid silicone injection molding at its site in Sligo. $SLIGO, Ireland—GW Plastics recently disclosed a $6.8 million investment to increase product development, precision tooling, thermoplastic and liquid silicone injection molding at its site in Sligo.
Tariffs, looming recession could have major impact on auto makers, sales
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When Jonathan Smoke, Cox Automotive's chief economist, joined the auto industry from the housing market two years ago, there was talk that the return of off-lease vehicles would upend used-vehicle ...
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Economists and analysts predict a downturn in the next year or so, though there's little consensus on the degree. If and when it comes, the downturn could have a significant impact auto makers. Economists and analysts predict a downturn in the next year or so, though there's little consensus on the degree. If and when it comes, the downturn could have a significant impact auto makers. $Economists and analysts predict a downturn in the next year or so, though there's little consensus on the degree. If and when it comes, the downturn could have a significant impact auto makers.
Trelleborg enhances medical capabilities with Sil-Pro deal
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DELANO, Minn.—Service continues to be a priority for Trelleborg A.B.'s Sealing Solutions unit, and its latest acquisition only furthers that goal. The firm in January finalized a deal to...
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DELANO, Minn.—Service continues to be a priority for Trelleborg's Sealing Solutions unit, and its latest acquisition only furthers that goal. DELANO, Minn.—Service continues to be a priority for Trelleborg's Sealing Solutions unit, and its latest acquisition only furthers that goal. $DELANO, Minn.—Service continues to be a priority for Trelleborg's Sealing Solutions unit, and its latest acquisition only furthers that goal.
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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.

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