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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USTMA sees 2018 tire shipments rising 1%

The shipping rates for U.S. tires are expected to rise 1 percent compared to 2017 according to reports from the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

Medium truck tires are the ones fueling this growth, according to USTMA figures. Original equipment truck and bus tires will rise 13.4 percent and replacement shipments are expected to rise 2.7 percent. Replacement passenger tire shipments are estimated to rise 0.7 percent, while replacement light truck shipments are expected to decline 0.3 percent.

For UMD, this means that tire makers will be shipping and sorting more tires than 2017. With this in mind, it’s important to remember efficiency and the bottom line impact. The faster and more efficient a tire sorting operation is, the more tires are produced.

UMD creates complete state-of-the-art material handling solutions for leading manufacturers in various industries with special emphasis in Tire and Rubber and Tier 1 Automotive. And while every customer offers unique products or services, the need to improve efficiency, maintain quality standards, and plan for change is common to all. At UMD we consider these 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.

 

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Types of Industrial Conveyor Systems

Conveyors play a large role in streamlining multiple processes in manufacturing, warehousing, packaging, and distribution sectors, among others. Tasks such as product conveying, and positioning, which were once difficult and time-consuming, have now been made easy with the help of automated conveyor systems.

There are many makes and models of conveyors available that contribute to the automation several challenging and time-consuming material handling tasks. This blog is meant to familiarize you with some of the popular types of conveyors widely installed in industrial applications.

Popular Types of Industrial Conveyors

As a customer, you may often get confused to make an informed purchasing decision from the many conveyor options available.

Plastic Belt Conveyors

When your applications call for conveying items in bulk, then plastic belt conveyors are a smart decision to implement. Both packaged and loose products can be transported to preferred locations by using belt conveyors. The conveyor system guarantees safe and effective conveyance of delicate products.

Sanitary Conveyors

These conveyors are ideal for applications demanding extreme hygiene. They are produced utilizing stainless steel components that can withstand regular wipe downs and high-pressure washdowns. The components of the conveyors will not wear easily despite frequent wash downs using industrial cleaning agents.

Stainless Steel Conveyors

These conveyors are the perfect choice for applications in extreme environments. For example, conveyors used in the oil and gas industry are regularly exposed to dust, moisture, oil, and other contaminants. Prolonged exposure to these contaminants leads to corrosion. For applications in such environments, prefer choosing stainless steel conveyors as they can withstand the hostile conditions exist in the application areas.

USDA Conveyors

Consider choosing these conveyors for applications in the food processing, pharmaceutical, and dairy industries. Manufactured from polished stainless steel, the conveyor unit features USDA approved belting, high end wash down components and lightweight conveyor belt.

Elevation Conveyors

These are ideal for applications demanding high-speed elevation of products in bulk quantities. These types of conveyors feature excellent load bearing capacity, relatively high operating speed, and modular design.

When choosing the conveyor system that is right for your operation, UMD is here to help every step of the way and advise on certain systems. We have knowledge in different industries and conveyor systems.

 

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3 Tips To Keep Your Conveyor System Up and Running

Between the challenges of today’s economy and decreasing budgets, many businesses are faced with the question of keeping deteriorating conveyor systems operating well past when they would usually be retrofitted or done away with.

However, there are options for those companies that don’t have the pleasure of upgrading to a brand new, state-of-the-art conveyor system. Below are tips to upgrade your aging conveyor system.

Hire A Maintenance Technician

One of the biggest mistakes a company can make do is either not hiring a maintenance technician or underpay one. A good technician will correct small problems before they become too big to fix. It comes down to paying someone to manage the system or letting the system fail and buying a new one. Would you rather spend money on lost sales and unhappy customers when your system goes down and you can’t get the product out the door, or on a great maintenance technician?

Keep Up on Maintenance

If you only plan to fix things when they break, you’re going to be very busy fixing stuff. Mechanical equipment, including conveyors, must be maintained. Different parts of your system require different levels of preventive care. It’s no different from a car. Follow the recommended service schedule, and it will run longer. Don’t perform service on the car, and you’ll constantly be sitting on the side of the road. A competent supplier should be able to work with you to develop a comprehensive preventive maintenance plan. By following this, you will ensure yourself maximum system up-time.

Obsolete Equipment and Parts

Sometimes money doesn’t allow replacing entire systems. However, it’s important to stay current on what conveyor and parts of your system are out-of-date and no longer being manufactured. Knowing this can help you and your company makes wise business decisions. For example, if we know a particular type of conveyor is no longer being manufactured, we may determine it would be more financially wise to stock additional spare parts for this piece of equipment than replace it in its entirety.

 

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Why Are Installation Drawings for Your Material Handling System Important?

Detailed material handling system installation drawings lead to successful projects. Material handling system drawings are a key piece when proposing a new system. If they don’t make sense, it can interfere with discussions and the final outcome of the system installation. Once the proposal stage is complete and the job has begun, where do your drawings go from there?  Do you start on finishing your building model? Do you start on the final layout drawings of the system? Or do you start on the details?

There can be many levels to installation drawings. These drawings need to be conveyed in a way that the supply chain manager and the engineer can work together to achieve their main goals. In other words, the person creating the system installation drawings should take into consideration all that the manager wants to achieve to deem if it is possible or if there are other options.

Successful System Installation Drawings

Building Model

To have effective drawings, you need to have an accurate building model with everything that could affect installations. If you don’t have an accurate building model, your design and budget could take a hit. You need to dimension all columns, paths or egress, building expansion joints, building joists, etc.

Communication

The most difficult part of a large project and project team is ensuring good communication. Communication is the most important tool when drawing a system because if you have multiple people involved in the building of conveyor lines there is always the possibility of things getting lost in translation.

We will study the data you provide us regarding SKU numbers, product movement, pallet and container footprints, and reorder points. We will take the time to learn your operation, determine what works well, and find what areas need improvement Our complete operational analysis allows us to not only fix areas that need improvement but enhance your current success as well.

As a company grows, you must make changes to accommodate the growth while maintaining standards for your conveyor systems. Not every conveyor system is a one size fits all. The engineers at UMD Automated Systems are here to help you every step of the way. Contact Us to learn more about our design and build services and how our complete warehouse solutions can increase production, improve worker safety and give a great ROI.

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Top 5 Material Handling Trends Changing the Industry

Is your company adapting to keep up with new trends and preparing for the future? In order to remain competitive, staying well informed of what’s coming ahead is essential. The following are 10 material handling trends making great changes and improvements in the material handling industry today and in the future.

1. Changing Workforce

The workforce in material handling is getting older, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find qualified candidates entering the workforce who possess the necessary skills. The direction suggests that over the next decade, this industry should join with the government and educational system to help expand demographics to including women, younger workers, disabled workers, and veterans.

2. E-Commerce

E-commerce growth has vastly increased the need for shipments to be trackable in real time from the moment an order is placed for delivery. It’s also becoming more popular to have 2-day and same-day shipping for online orders, making it necessary to have inventory in-stock at multiple locations and same-day processing.

3. Mass Personalization

As customized and personalized order requests become more common, businesses are required to have flexible manufacturing and automation systems. Also, consumers expect personalized goods at mass production prices. Businesses need to increase their capabilities to support more diverse orders with shorter turnaround times than in the past

4. Robotics and Automation

Robotics and automation systems have helped businesses keep up with growing demands while remaining cost-efficient. These advances in technology also assist in smooth order picking, real-time tracking, and many other processes. Automated sorting systems are becoming more affordable and available in various versatile configurations to accommodate single piece picking in part-to-picker and picker-to-part configurations. Additionally, high-speed automation is leading to technology that can load and unload trucks at the pallet and carton level. Over the next decade, the material handling industry should expect to become more immersed in automated processes.

5. Sustainability

The industry has begun developing standard and accepted metrics to assess environmental impact. As consumers become better understanding of the environmental consequences of the products they purchase, transportation and material handling companies should continue working toward reducing their energy use and environmental footprint.

 

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Implementing An Automation System

Automation isn’t a desire, it’s a need. Every plant operations manager is aware of this need and the impact it has on the overall safety, reliability and economic efficiency. Still, companies are sometimes suspicious of adopting such technologies as the risk for failure is significant while the margin of error near to zero. This is especially true in large-scale industries where even a single hour of downtime due to delayed or malfunctioned automation can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of losses.

Connectivity, complexity, testing reliability of hardware/software and staff satisfaction are just a few of the many issues that a plant can face if an upcoming automation is pending. Nonetheless, these are not reasons, sufficient for abandoning the automation of a system, irrespective of its size. In retrospect, following a few simple best practices can go a long way and save any automation implementation from being put on the back-burner.

Reality Based Development

One of the major problems managers face is coping with the budget. As soon as they overflow their limitations, a nervousness arises and the entire team tries to cut corners wherever possible. Doing so only hurts the functionality and reliability of the system being developed, which could lead to greater operational and maintenance costs than planned.

Starting off with a realistic budget is the key to success in such matters. Automation managers often try to accomplish more with fewer resources. However, if from the very start they work on an optimistic schedule and budget, they would face no issues throughout the development and implementation.

Standardization

Any plant, big or small, should be developed along lines that would allow easy-expansion in the future. Machine interfaces form a core part of any industrial automation system, and in order to ensure smooth operations, all parts should be coherent and in-phase with each other.

This means that the user-interface should be designed in such a manner, that the feel of the interface remains the same around all corners of the plant. Furthermore, the user should be such that it sits well with the staff automatically, providing functions which were previously non-existent.

Next, a well-executed asset optimization strategy should be in place to take care of any maintenance requirements in an organized manner. It should be able to track the cause of failures, identify root causes and in the end, recommend actions that can bring the asset back online. Moreover, the asset management system should be aware of the current state of each machine and recommend diagnostic actions on its own before the asset is completely unusable. Only such strategies would ensure smooth operation, proving the system’s ability and its worth over the previous one.

If you’re seeking a partner for your next automation or controls project, contact one of our experienced engineers to schedule a free on-site visit.

 

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Industrial Services Offered by UMD

UMD Industrial Services make sure that your systems are set up properly and operating safely. Our services include training and installation as well as custom work such as relocation of existing equipment, system retrofitting and more! We offer these services in order to best serve our customers.

On-Site Training 

UMD offers complete, on-site training services by qualified personnel. Our training staff will make sure that you understand how to operate our equipment safely and efficiently. They will also address any questions or concerns that you may have. This is the perfect opportunity to ask in depth questions about the equipment, in order to be relay the information to your staff.

Installation

UMD offers comprehensive installation services for every product that we build! Installation is one of the most important parts of the process. All work is performed by factory trained and certified installation personnel and our installation services are guaranteed. We install equipment in any type of operational environment and strive for no disruption of your work schedules. We will work with the company and their staff to ensure that the installation schedule works best for all parties involved. Our goal is always to provide efficient installation services wherever and whenever you need them.

Custom Services

UMD also offers a variety of custom services designed to complement our traditional business. By combining our custom services to best suit your needs, you will have all the resources necessary to complete your project on-time and on-budget. And all provided by a trusted partner who understands your business.

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