SEOUL, South Korea — Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd. unveiled its new Virtual Compound Design system, designed to help predict the characteristics of a tire compound through artificial intelligence analysis, eliminating the need for actual testing.
LONDON—Tire makers should look to a new scalable approach to data analysis to overcome current barriers to the creation of a fully information-enabled production environment at their plants.
In previous columns I’ve discussed some of the challenges that come with modeling the behavior of tires. Expanding on that, one of the single most challenging areas to model is the tread pattern. It’s also one of the most critical areas, as it affects the tire’s handling ability – the single most important performance aspect to get right.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has named Ben Patel as senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO). In his new role, Patel is responsible for product planning and development, as well as engineering and technology across all regions. This means he leads a technology organization that includes a global technical centre as well as technical centres in Asia, Europe and North America.
Nexen Tire America celebrated the grand opening of its Tech Center in Richfield, Ohio, on Wednesday, capping off a banner year for the South Korean tiremaker.
The company opened its Nexen University R&D center in Seoul in April, its manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic in August, cut the ribbon on another tech center in Germany in September, and finally commemorated the opening of its state-of-the-art North American Tech Center on Wednesday.
TOKYO — Makers of airless tires such as Japan’s Bridgestone Corp. hope driverless cars will herald a breakthrough for their niche technology, which is more than a decade old but underperforms standard tires in every way except resistance to puncture. Autonomous driving — and the eventual introduction of self-driving taxis — could mean greater demand for puncture-resistant tires as greater usage of vehicles exposes them to more flat tires.
The CubeOne allows operators to test up to 12 samples at a time, according to LabsCubed publicity. A robot automatically loads and unloads samples, and smart grips ensure accurate and consistent tests, the company said.
ALBANY, Calif.—More than two decades ago, the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture obtained patents on processes designed to make the desert shrub guayule a commercially viable source of natural rubber. Those patents have lapsed, but the research continues.
As it celebrates its 75th year of tire testing operations in San Angelo, Texas, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is planning two new expansion projects at the facility.
Goodyear has added a second vehicle dynamics area – a 324,000 square foot paved pad – and is currently building an additional evaluation facility for off-the-road products that will include equipment for testing earthmover tires.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Nine years ago, NASA’s Mars rover Spirit sent its last signal from the Red Planet. The rover had ground to a halt on the sands of Mars, its tires sinking and spinning futilely in the fine-grained particles. “Spirit got stuck (and it) ended its mission,” said Heather Oravec, a mechanical engineering research associate professor at the University of Akron who is contracted to work full time at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Spirit was willing, but its tires were weak.