Better Technology Leading to Efficiency in the Tire Manufacturing Industry

Those working in the tire manufacturing industry are faced with many challenges and obstacles. They are up against rigid government regulations, ever-changing standards, and consumer need for a great product at a low price.

To achieve these standards, tire manufacturers must be efficient at every stage of the manufacturing process in order to be profitable. While also maintaining the quality and stipulations for each kind of tire produced.

In order to produce quality tires while also being efficient, tire manufacturers are in need of a highly detailed system. This system should be intact for each phase of the tire making process including design, production, and transportation of the tires from start to finish.

At UMD Automated Systems, our tire and rubber automated manufacturing systems provide support for each step of the tire manufacturing process. We provide solutions for mixing and batching, extruder conveyors, calendar lines for upstream and downstream segments, and final inspection. We design your system for high performance and cost-effective manufacturing. Our proven modular design approach coupled with our standard conveyor components saves upfront engineering costs, reduces scrap, and helps keep future upgrade costs low. With years of design engineering and manufacturing experience, UMD gives you the best overall value in the industry.

At UMD we consider overall company needs with every system that we design, no matter how specific the application. We know from experience that every solution built for today must include a plan for the future. We are experts in material handling systems and process development. In today’s competitive and ever-changing manufacturing environment, we have to be.

To learn more about our tire and rubber application systems, contact us online or give us a call and 740-694-8614 to speak with a systems engineer.

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UMD Offers Non-Contact Sortation Conveyors with Intralox™ Technology

UMD creates innovative material handling solutions by listening very closely to our clients. We want to understand your process challenges, equipment needs, and performance objectives. Then we provide a product that will meet your goals – and exceed your expectations. We strive to provide systems that improve productivity, increase efficiencies, are constructed of durable materials, and have low maintenance requirements. The larger goal: reducing your total cost of ownership, and extending the overall life cycle of your system. UMD builds systems designed around the specific product or unique requirements of our customers. Because of our customized approach, we are able to achieve an exact fit between the application and objective each and every time.

The material handling systems that UMD designs have many different specifications depending on how the product must be handled. In some cases, where extra care must be taken, UMD chooses Intralox™ brand belts. The Intralox™ belts are specifically designed to obtain results such as improving transfer speeds, merging, and accumulation of materials. These quality belts ensure the highest quality, most durable and versatile material handling solutions available.

Because of our work with Intralox™ over the years, we’ve developed a close working relationship with their organization. UMD has co-engineered several belt solutions along with Intralox™, which are now utilized in many of our applications. Our relationship with Intralox allows us to custom-design and produce innovative, effective material handling solutions, which exceed the capabilities of anything else available today.

UMD Automated Systems non-contact sortation utilizes Intralox Dual-Stacked Angled Roller Belt (DARB) with our transfer activation unit creating a precise lateral movement each and every time. Non-contact handling minimizes chances for tire uniformity issues during sortation, reducing scrap while keeping product quality. Making it a great application for fragile green tires.

DARB technology can incorporate right and left tire sorting and merging allowing the sorting points to be located directly across the conveyor from each other. Also provides the ability to convey products perpendicularly across the DARB conveyor. DARB is capable of selective sorting or 100% product transfers utilizing a single belt. DARB has been proven in the following areas:

  • Component preparation
  • Tire building and green tire handling
  • Final finish and warehouse

To learn more about our customized conveyor solutions, contact us today!

 

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Electrical and Control Solutions Tailored By UMD Automated Systems

You deserve a software solution that is more than “just adequate.” While many off-the-shelf software packages provide functionality that “gets the job done”, none are unique to your operation or your company. UMD sees it a bit differently. It is our responsibility to provide a software package that delivers excellent performance while allowing your input for the look and feel of the final product. We make this happen by creating custom software solutions, utilizing pre-packaged software and often combining the best of both.

UMD Automated Systems is revolutionizing the automation of manufacturing by offering full turnkey electrical and control solutions. We start with our engineers using the newest technology in AutoCAD electrical, they are able to design an in-depth electrical and control system for a new or existing machine. Once your design is completed, it is sent to our in-house panel shop where our team assembles to the exact specifications you need. After the panels leave the shop is when they are installed and programmed.

Your fully automated system will be controlled from the latest PLC or robotic technology and interfaces with the HMI touchscreen panel. We have experience with a variety of different brands of PLC’s to meet customer specifications. We pre-wire and test all our systems before they ship, which minimizes startup and installation time. From our touch screen panels, you’ll be able to monitor your system’s status or perform manual control functions. You can also select any part of the machine from the 3D graphic to monitor or make changes to that part of the machine. Systems settings are username and password protected for safety and security purposes.

Another unique feature to UMD is the input and output screens.this will allow your maintenance team to determine any issues with the system. This cuts down on troubleshooting time and eliminates the need for any external computer.

One of UMD’s main goals is to keep you and your team safe while operating the system. Several safety features are installed. When a safety feature is triggered, the system stops, alarm notifying a safety feature is triggered, on the touch screen panel the alarms screen will notify you where the alarm was triggered.

UMD’s electrical and control solutions are fully customizable to handle any process. They are available in a whole turnkey system or just in part. For more information, contact us today!

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ZTR 2100 Powered Curve

UMD Automated Systems offers an industry-tailored 90 degree and 180 degree powered curves featuring modular Intralox ZTR belting. Available in medium and heavy-duty designs. The powered curves offer smooth and reliable transfers while maintaining product location and orientation.

The non-adhesive flat top belt doesn’t allow for relative movement between the product and the belt. It can also be used as an additional accumulation zone. Which is also safe for green tires with no catch points and helps maintain tire gapping.

It has a small, constant inner radius despite belt width. The ZTR has a lug tooth sprocket engagement for positive drive. This is a simple and low maintenance drive system. The low tension belt makes it easy to replace or repair a belt when needed. The low tension system has eliminated many issues of a traditional conveyor system such as belt mistracking, slippage and frayed edges.

The ZTR has improved reliability and increased system uptime resulting in greater productivity. With overall improved product stability and system performance.

The ZTR Curve has greatly reduced the annual cost of ownership. For more information, contact UMD today!

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Tire Sorter and Conveyor System Solutions

UMD creates innovative material handling solutions by listening very closely to our clients. We want to understand your process challenges, equipment needs, and performance objectives. Then we provide a product that will meet your goals – and exceed your expectations. We strive to provide systems that improve productivity, increase efficiencies, are constructed of durable materials, and have low maintenance requirements. The larger goal: reducing your total cost of ownership, and extending the overall life cycle of your system. UMD builds systems designed around the specific product, or unique requirements of our customers. Because of our customized approach, we are able to achieve an exact fit between the application and objective each and every time. Learn more about our tire sorter and conveyor solutions below.

7000 Sorters

The 7000 Sorter offers non-contact sorting and requires a spur for discharge. It is capable of bi-directional sorting, diverting both left and right with a single belt.

DARB Sorters – Cured Tire

DARB Sorters are non-contact sorters utilizing no-touch diverter technology to avoid the potential alteration in tire uniformity that can occur with standard sortation equipment.

DARB Sorters – Green Tire

DARB Sorters utilize non-contact diverter technology to avoid the potential alteration in green tire uniformity that can occur with standard sortation equipment.

Vertical Conveyors

UMD Vertical Lifts provide a safe, effective way method for elevating tires without using excessive floor space.

Weigh Scale Conveyors

The use of precision scales to control tread weight helps ensure a quality product, providing an additional checkpoint prior to booking.

For complete solution requirements and new enterprise, UMD Automated Systems can be combined to provide complete materials handling solutions, designed around specific products, or a variety of materials handling. For more information about which tire sorter or conveyor is best for you operation, contact us today!

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What Sets UMD Apart From the Rest?

At UMD Automated Systems, quality customer service is of high priority. We provide several services throughout the machinery manufacturing process. These services include concept and design, production, testing, installation, and support. Our focus is to provide our customers with top-notch. State-of-the-art, inexpensive, and unique equipment.

Developing trust with customers is also a key factor of success at UMD. After the equipment is installed, we don’t leave our customers hanging to figure out problems if they arise. If we get a complaint from a customer that something is not working properly, we’re there to fix it.

We have a team of experts in many different areas with different types of experience. Our engineers, project managers, and other team members work closely with the customer for the duration of the project to identify exact needs. With the vast amount of experience each team member has, we are able to come up with different ideas and solutions for various project types.

Our team believes that there are always better ways to improve material handling and manufacturing. We consistently strive to build systems that are durable, more efficient, and able to adapt to the changing needs of a company. We do this by getting to know our customers, understanding their business challenges, and providing answers to lowering costs and improving return on investment.

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UMD’s Tire Diverters Stand the Test of Time

One of our very early diverters, some of the first diverters in the industry, has been in place since 2002 and are still up and running. These diverters handle roughly 60%-70% of one of our particular customers’ production, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nonstop. Along with this diverter is the sorter conveyor that it is mounted on. UMD has a registered patent for this diverter which makes is the only manufacturer in the United States that can legally produce this specific part required for many different conveyors to run efficiently.   

Below is a brief summary of the registered patent for the use of the diverter and when it is used:

One aspect of the present disclosure is an improved conveyor assembly including a conveyor belt for conveying a product to one or more product operations is disclosed. Such conveyor assembly includes a pair of spaced apart side frames that support the conveyor belt and between which the conveyor belt rotates. The side frames are formed from an upstanding member and an inwardly extending horizontal member. Both the frame upstanding member and the frame horizontal member carry a series of elongated slots. One or more L-shaped brackets are formed from a generally upstanding member and an inwardly extending member. Both the bracket upstanding member and the bracket horizontal member carry a series of elongated slots. The bracket horizontal member slots are configured to overlay the frame elongate horizontal member slots, and the bracket upstanding member slots are configured to overlay the frame upstanding member slots for attaching components to the frames.

Another aspect of this disclosure is a diverter in association with a product primary conveyor apparatus for changing direction of travel of a product being carried by the primary conveyor apparatus to a side conveyor apparatus. The diverter includes a side frame supporting the primary conveyor apparatus and a diverter affixed to the side frame and which includes a piston assembly affixed to the side frame; a pivot arm pivotally affixed to the side frame and to the piston assembly with an elastomeric component; and a paddle affixed to the piston assembly and being actuatable to contact a tire being carried by the primary conveyor onto a side conveyor disposed opposite the diver.

A wear bar assembly for a conveyor assembly forms yet a further aspect of the present disclosure. This assembly includes a holder spanning underneath a conveyor belt and between a pair of side frames between which the conveyor passes. The holder contains a series of transverse slots having an opening and a bottom, where the opening is smaller than bottom. A series of wear strips are configured to match the shape of the holder slots. End clips are carried by the side frames and retain the wear bar assembly in place.

 

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Growing Truck Tire Industry Leads To Increases in Technology and Sustainability

With all aspects of the trucking industry technology constantly increasing, it comes with no surprise that the commercial tire industry is also growing. Previously, tire makers were looking to improve tire performance for tread mileage, durability, and traction in order to reduce tire costs per mile.

Along with tire performance being a high concern, tire makers have also put an emphasis on reducing rolling resistance to improve fuel economy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has also become involved in reducing rolling resistance by introducing programs like SmartWay, which has led to more than $29 billion in saved fuel costs and introduced more efficient and sustainable supply chain transportation solutions.

According to Peggy Fisher, a writer for Tire Business, there are many changes ahead for the commercial tire industry.

“In order to optimize tire performance for commercial truck tire customers, tire manufacturers have been designing tires specifically for the operations in which they work. As in the past several years, we will continue to see tire manufacturers offer more sophisticated, application-specific tires with high-performance features such as greater fuel economy and longer tread wear. Sustainability (which means having minimal effect on the environment) has never been more emphasized than now. Many tire manufacturers are focused on making tires more sustainable with designs that improve fuel economy by reducing tire weight and rolling resistance. However, advancements are being made in raw materials and manufacturing processes that have enabled manufacturers to improve multiple attributes of a tire without sacrificing other attributes.”

At UMD Automated Systems, our main goals are sustainability and efficiency. Our contribution to the logistics industry is where the tire industry begins. We know from experience that every solution built for today must include a plan for the future. We are experts in material handling systems and process development. In today’s competitive and ever-changing manufacturing environment, we have to be.  

Now more than ever, truck tire manufacturers need to be efficient and think about their bottom line. There are many variables that can make or break the cost of an operation. UMD offers tailored solutions for every tire operation. We have different technologies that can be implemented into your system to make sure you’re being efficient and producing quality tires for the end user. The tire manufacturing process involves a series of specialized operations with precise requirements for temperature and pressure control, component splicing, measurement and testing. UMD can help you every step of the way with equipment that will meet or exceed quality standards while improving productivity throughout your operation.

Learn more about the growing truck tire industry and the ways UMD’s technologies can help: http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180817/NEWS/180819950/peggy-fisher-evolving-truck-usage-influencing-tire-development

 

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Technology Innovations in Retread Tires

According to a recent research published by Future Market Insights, the worldwide market for retread tires is valued at US$ 8,684.9 Mn by the end of 2018 and is expected to grow at CAGR of 4.6% during the assessment period of 2018-2028. China will be the dominant market for retread tires with the highest market value share of approx. 29.6% by the end of 2018 and will continue its dominance throughout the assessment period. In the global retread tires market, the commercial heavy vehicles segment is projected to increase with a significant CAGR with regard to volume as well as value over the forecast period.

Retread Tire Modernization

As systems are changing, retread tires are consistently advancing amongst other tire shipping. Tire retreading has been around for the last 100 years, and each year brings improvements by introducing efficient systems for retreading, improved bottom lines for tire makers and faster production time. Retread tires are improving constantly and offers more advantages to manufacturers.

At UMD, we specialize in the efficiency of tailoring systems for the maximum profit in the retreaded tire space.

Automation

Automation improves the condition and rate of the finished product. In the past, there were many systems that were inefficient causing manufacturers to lose profit. Today, this can now be done as part of automated processes.  Some systems require more automation and features than others. At UMD, we outift each system specifically to the needs and expectations of every customer.

Increased Quality

With automation, there is a vast improvement in sensors used for computer systems. Though retread tires are still inspected visually, software systems are mainly used for producing higher quality retread tires. Various sensors can be put in place to catch inconsistencies that are not always caught by a human performing a visual evaluation.

UMD software and control solutions keep your system operating with the efficiency, accuracy and speed that your application demands. Our in-house electrical engineering team provides complete design, development and integration of automated control systems with all of our products. And to ensure that every system functions precisely as envisioned, we work closely with every customer to develop the operational specifications and devices required for system control. Each system is then built and tested in our electrical shop and can be commissioned on site by our trained staff.

Source: Future Marketing Insights

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Auto Industry Professionals Advise Against Commerce and Foreign Trade Tariffs

On July 20, 2018, automotive industry professionals testified at a Commerce Department hearing regarding the increase in auto tariffs that would impact the automotive industry and consumers in the United States.

Stakeholders are testifying on a united front against the Trump administration. The presidential administration launched an investigation on whether imports of automobiles and parts pose as a national security threat. If passed, a 25 percent increased tariff would limit foreign trade and weaken manufacturing growth in the United States.

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) President Peter Welch gave a testimony explaining the concerns of the automotive industry, “the National Automobile Dealers Association recognizes the importance to the U.S. of leveling the trade playing field, eliminating unfair trade practices and keeping America’s automotive industry strong. But a 25-percent tariff applied to all imports would hurt auto manufacturers, dealers, consumers and the economy as a whole. And the hardest hit would be our customers.”

In an article from Tire Business, “three in 10 shoppers said they would switch the type of vehicle they are considering, either from new to used, or certified pre-owned, or from imported models to domestically produced vehicles. And one in seven consumers would delay purchasing a vehicle until the tariffs are removed, with only 7 percent saying they would pay more an imported vehicle they liked.”

For UMD, this means that achieving efficiency and cost saving abilities when outfitting a tire sorting operation is more important than ever. UMD modular tire and wheel systems ensure that newly manufactured tires and wheels move through the entire assembly process efficiently. Our completely integrated systems maintain a consistent flow of product through valve stem installation, dynamic rim balancing, pressurizing inflation, tire sequencing, tire stacking and trailer loading – without delays, back-ups or waste.

At UMD, we want to understand your process challenges, equipment needs, and performance objectives. Then we provide a system that will meet your goals and exceed your expectations. We strive to provide solutions that improve productivity, increase efficiencies, are constructed of durable materials, and have low maintenance requirements. The larger goal is to your reduce the total cost of ownership, and extending the overall life cycle of your system. UMD builds systems designed around the specific products and the unique requirements of each customer. Because of our customized approach, we are able to achieve an exact fit between the application and objective each and every time.

Regardless if the tariffs pass, UMD’s services will continue to contribute to tire makers’ bottom line – increasing efficiency, saving money and distributing tires faster.

Learn more about the tarriffs in this article from Tire Business: http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20180719/NEWS/180719941/auto-industry-to-inform-commerce-about-tariffs-negative-effects

 

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