Michelin establishes joint research lab for cobotics R&D

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The Institut Pascal, Lapsco and Limos have joined forces with the Michelin Group to create FactoLab, for the development of cobotics and new digital technologies.

R&D at the new facility will initially focus on the development of man-machine cooperation, particularly in the fields of cobotics and new digital technologies. The aim is to create collaborative robots and connected devices for production operators in order to eliminate some of the physically arduous or stress-causing tasks and thus improve working conditions. This program will extend and expand on experiments in progress on the Cholet site in France and the Valladolid site in Spain, the first results of which have proved positive.

For the Michelin Group, FactoLab opens up the opportunity to work with the best researchers in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in fields such as cognitive sciences. It is part of an active partnership strategy developed over several years to increase the group’s strength and speed of innovation.

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Hankook Opens Test Centre in Finland

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Located 300 km north of the Arctic Circle in Ivalo, Finland, Technotrac is Hankook Tire’s new state-of-the-art winter tire testing facility.

The opening of Technotrac, says Hankook, marks a major milestone for the tire manufacturer, proving that its winter tires are tried and tested in the world’s most severe winter conditions.

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Conti promotes 2 in PLT tire R&D

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HANNOVER, Germany (March 14, 2017) — Continental A.G. has promoted Marco Gellings and Denise Ewald to new positions in its passenger and light truck (PLT) tire development unit.

Mr. Gellings, previously head of summer tire line development for the Middle East, Europe and Africa region, is now head of winter tire development worldwide.

The change was effective Jan. 1. Conti did not say whom he replaced, if anyone.

A mechanical engineer by training, he has been with Continental in research and development since 2001.

Ms. Ewald succeeded Mr. Gellings as head of summer tire line development, effective Feb. 1. An industrial engineering graduate, Ms. Ewald has held a variety of positions at Continental since joining the company in 2006.

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Michelin Adds RFID Technology to Truck Tires

Michelin Americas Truck Tires, a division of Michelin North America Inc., reports radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is being added to Michelin commercial truck tires and retreads, enabling fleets to better manage their tire assets throughout the full life cycle.

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China’s Guilin Rubber Machinery steps up technical development

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Guilin, China – ChemChina-owned Guilin Rubber Machinery has stepped up efforts in technical research and development and worked with KraussMaffei to upgrade design and technology throughout 2016, the company announced on 14 Feb.

In 2016, said the statement, the company was granted 21 patents including five patents for invention, and applied for 10 patents for utility model.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Silicone rubber robots could vastly improve mobility for the infirm, say researchers

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These robotic muscle-like actuators could replace metal joints in exoskeletons. EPFL roboticists say the silicone rubber elastomer based parts are far more flexible. They could be used to help the infirm move around, while improving posture and reducing discomfort for lower back pain sufferers. SOUNDBITE (English) JAMIE PAIK, THE DIRECTOR OF EPFL’S RECONFIGURABLE ROBOTICS LAB (RRL), SAYING: “We can foresee a new type of technology being brought closer to our daily lives. When I say that, it’s not us trying to bring in Terminator for everyone’s home, but to bring in different types of technology that enable us to live healthier and live with more comfort, and that was not able to be done beforehand.” The robots are controlled by changing the air pressure in special soft balloons that serve as its body. A modular system, they can be moved around the body to where physical support is needed. The team has devised this belt for potential use on stroke patients. SOUNDBITE (English) MATTHEW ROBERTSON, EPFL RESEARCHER, SPEAKING ABOUT THE BELT, SAYING: “In stroke patients I know they have a common asymmetry where they lean to one side and it could be used to correct for that asymmetry and then focus on if you’re using it to restore gait the belt could do the task of providing the support for your upper body.” The belt’s hooked up to a system of external pumps. The team hopes to miniaturise these and place them directly on the belt.

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Silicone rubber robots could vastly improve mobility for the infirm, say researchers

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Rolling resistance vital to fuel economy

It is a known fact that tyres play a significant role in the vehicle’s performance. There has been tremendous pressure on automotive OEMs to improve the performance of the vehicles. For the last few years, performance of tyres has played a significant role because of the change in requirements of automotive OEMS and end users. Tyre ratings & labeling programs are steps towards improvement of tyre efficiency. This gives option to the customers to select the brand of their choice.

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Rubber-based material for certain JKR, rural roads: Najib

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PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix) today disclosed that certain Public Works Department (JKR) and rural roads would be built using rubber-based material.

He noted that the construction cost would comparably be slightly higher than that of normal roads but the government could save cost on maintenance in the long run, besides creating a demand for rubber.

“Today the rubber price has gone up. In a way, it is due to our efforts; although rubber price is determined by the world market, the government can endeavour to dictate a higher market demand for Malaysia’s rubber and palm oil.

“So the additional measure that I have decided is for us to build a number of JKR roads and other rural roads using rubber material, never mind that it will cost a bit more.

“But we will save on maintenance costs … and this will push up the demand for rubber,” he said at the presentation of letters of commission to 213 new participants of the Bukit Sijau Felcra cluster land development near here today.

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SRI uses bio-liquid rubber in winter tire for better ice-grip

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Tokyo – Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) has developed a winter tire using Kuraray-supplied liquid farnesene rubber (LFR) as a performance enhancing additive, the Japanese synthetic rubber supplier announced 20 Feb.

Tokyo-based SRI has used the additive in the production of its latest studless tire Winter Maxx 02, according to Kuraray’s announcement.

LFR is a liquid rubber developed by Kuraray using farnesene, a new biologically derived diene monomer developed by US biotech company Amyris.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Technotrac: Hankook Tire opens own winter test facility in Finland

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With a decisive snip, more than a year’s work was officially complete. Four representatives from Hankook Tire’s global and European operations, suitably rugged up for the occasion, were on hand to open a facility that extends the tyre maker’s aim of self-contained development and manufacture of tyres for European markets.

Read the source article at Tyrepress