Pirelli, Milan University renew joint research programme

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Milan, Italy – Pirelli & C. SpA and the University of Milan have extended their partnership for another three years, signing an agreement to work on developing innovative materials and technologies for sustainable tires.

The Italian tire maker announced 24 Nov that within the context of the €1.5 million project, the two parties would work on use…

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TIP study concludes tire particles safe for human beings

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San Francisco, California – Tire and road wear particles (TRWP) do not pose a threat to human health, according to findings released by the Tire Industry Project (TIP) during its biennial meeting in San Francisco  on 17 Nov.

TIP, which is backed by leading tire makers and operates under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), said extensive ambient air testing had been carried out in major cities of Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Delhi.

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Rubber, bamboo research centres to be set up in India’s northeast

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Agartala: The National Institute of Technology, Agartala, (NITA) has initiated to set up rubber and bamboo research centres to boost industries and employment in the northeastern region, a top official said here on Saturday. “As Tripura is the second largest rubber producer in India, after Kerala, a viable rubber research centre can be set up in the NITA to boost the rubber cultivation, industries and employment,” NITA Director Ajoy Kumar Roy told the media.

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ERJ Top 10 Technology Stories

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ERJ focus on significant developments and advances in rubber materials, processing and application technologies:

Mesnac advances “most intelligent” TBM

TIRE MANUFACTURE – Mesnac has recently introduced what it said was “the most intelligent tire building machine (TBM) designed independently in China”. The PS2A PCR machine, features ‘synchronous turn-up’ and intelligent control technologies, and achieves cycle times of less than 40s…

Yokohama taps ‘informatics’ to accelerate rubber research

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Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed

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Imagine a tire that could heal after being punctured or a rubber band that never snapped. Researchers have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal. Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.

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Smithers breaks ground on laboratory expansion

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RAVENNA, Ohio — Independent, third-party laboratory Smithers Rapra broke ground recently on a new expansion at the Smithers Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna.

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Michelin opens R&D laboratory in India

An inauguration ceremony was held yesterday for Michelin’s new R&D centre in India. Alexandre Ziegler, France’s Ambassador to India, formally inaugurated the Michelin India Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana state. The 3,800-square metre centre provides support to the Michelin Technology Center in Gurugram (formerly Gurgaon), a facility that focuses on commercial vehicle tyre R&D and provides technical support to the company’s manufacturing facilities in India, China and Thailand.

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Industry expert: dandelion a “viable” NR source

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – Alternative sources of natural rubber are no longer in the realm of speculation but are now viable technologies for tire manufacturing, a pair of speakers claimed at the 33rd Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference in Hilton Head, April 19-21.

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German bike tire company develops “new-generation” rubber compound

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REICHSHOF, Germany—Bicycle tire brand Schwalbe is launching a new generation of compounds for its MTB tires in the Evo line, which it claims will improve durability while offering high performance.

In an April 19 statement, the German company said the compound goes by the name of Addix and “solves the typical trade-off between grip, rolling resistance and wear across a much wider range than before.”

To develop the compound, Schwalbe said it used “a state-of-the-art and extremely precise mixing technology which is not generally used in the bicycle tire industry.”

In its statement, the German tire company said the new mixing process “allows for an almost infinite number of parameter variations and, with a new production hardware set up especially for Addix.”

“In terms of durability, our tires have become much more impressive across the board, and the low-temperature properties are now excellent, and not only in the soft compounds,” Markus Hachmeyer, senior product manager at Schwalbe and designer of MTB tires, said.

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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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