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 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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