Smithers upgrades low temperature retraction testing instrumentation at rubber physical testing lab in Akron, Ohio

Smithers has invested in upgraded low temperature retraction instrumentation at its rubber physical testing laboratory in Akron, Ohio.

The new instrument offers improved temperature control for low temperature retraction testing. Additionally, the instrument is significantly more efficient, which will allow for better turnaround times for customers and improved laboratory efficiency overall.

“Our top priority is getting accurate data to our customers on time,” said Christine Domer, General Manager, Akron Labs, Smithers. “This investment was prioritized because it will allow for high precision and faster turnaround times for our customers, so they can get their products to market sooner.”

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Pioneering particle beam microscope increases tire analysis accuracy

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) and Ibaraki University, Japan, have pioneered a technique to accurately observe individual compounds in a tire’s structure, to help with future tire development.

Through the use of a newly designed particle beam microscope developed at Ibaraki University, a team of researchers and engineers has been able to observe and analyze individual materials in a tire’s compound for the first time.

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Hankook Partners with Amazon for Tire Compound Prediction Modeling

Hankook Tire is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to incorporate more digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.

Hankook Tire recently developed a Virtual Compound Design (VCD) system, which predicts the characteristics of tire compounds and finds an optimal combination through artificial intelligence analysis, the company says.

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Smithers Promotes New Project Engineer for Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

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Smithers has announced the promotion of Mike Kelly and the hiring of Jeff Wible to its rubber physical testing laboratory in Akron, Ohio.

Mike Kelly has joined the physical testing team as a project engineer, specializing in dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) testing and new DMA method development.

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Smithers Adds Tire & Wheel Business Development Manager

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Smithers has announced the addition of Mark Shackelford as business development manager of tire and wheel for North America as part of the Smithers Materials Science and Engineering division.

Shackelford is responsible for business development efforts for the tire and wheel industry, connecting clients to tire, wheel and snow traction testing, the Smithers Tire Analysis Report and technical consulting. He will work closely with Smithers laboratory operations managers and subject matter experts.

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IRSG focus stays steady throughout its evolution

SINGAPORE—Seventy-five years after its founding, the International Rubber Study Group continues to evolve as an analytical, statistical and forecasting body serving the natural and synthetic rubber industries, according to its current secretary general.

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Smithers unifies companies under single brand identity

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AKRON — In a move designed to streamline services for its clients, Smithers Group Inc. is planning to consolidate all of its companies under a single brand identity and motto: “Innovate with Confidence.”

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Phillips Carbon Black plans overseas R&D centre

Phillips Carbon Black Ltd. (PCBL) is planning to set up an overseas R&D centre, its chairman Sanjiv Goenka said.

This centre is likely to help the company find new applications and a diversified product mix for the carbon black that PCBL produces across its four plants in India. It plans to double the share of value-added products to 15% in two years. Indications were that the R&D centre may be located in Europe and could be either a new unit or acquired.

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New Rubber Board RPC with road-map for NR

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The new Rubber Production Commissioner of Rubber Board, India, Sabu P Idicula, who has taken charge recently, is a scientist by profession, and experienced in crop protection and various aspects of plantation management. He has been working as Joint Director (Crop Protection) in the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII).

A known researcher and administrator, Sabu started his career as Agricultural Officer in Kerala State Agriculture Department. He played a crucial role in developing economic and efficient disease management strategies and in the studies on impact of various diseases on growth and yield in rubber. He had been editor to various journals, books and other publications of RRII and the Rubber Board. He is also the Chairman of Corynespora Task Force formed by the Board for control of Corynespora leaf disease of rubber.

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Nokian to focus on sustainability at new test facility

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Santa Cruz De La Zarza, Spain — Nokian Tyres PLC has said stepped up its focus on sustainability with the construction of a new technology centre in the Spanish town of Santa Cruz De La Zarza.

In addition to allowing for year-round testing of summer, all-season and winter tires, the tech centre—Nokian’s third globally—will focus on the cultivation of the guayule plant and its and utilization in the manufacturing of tires that demonstration environmentally friendly characteristics.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal