Sumitomo creates tire production technology

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. has completed the development of NEO-T01, a new manufacturing system “created in the pursuit of ultra-high precision tire production technology,” the company reports.


Looking forward, looking back

In January 2002, Modern Tire Dealer published an interview with me titled, “Tires from an engineering perspective.” In that interview I stated the following projects tire manufacturers should undertake in the future:


Call for papers goes out for tire conference

Clemson University is now accepting papers for the 2013 Clemson University Tire Industry Conference to be held April 24-26 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, S.C.


Yokohama employees receive technology awards

Two Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. employees recently received "Commendations for Science and Technology" by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. They were honored in the "Development" category for their work on tire inner liner technology.


Tire Industry Conference schedule set

The schedule is set for Clemson University's 2010 Tire Industry Conference to be held April 7-9 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, S.C.


Canada bound: Marangoni winter tires

Three new Marangoni European winter tires also will be available to dealers in Canada: the 4Winter, Meteo HP and HP SUV, and 4Ice. All four were designed at the Marangoni Group research center in Rovereto, Italy.


Earlier Goodyear supplier meeting bears fruit

This past April, 30 of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s suppliers met at the company's headquarters in Akron, Ohio, to discuss industry trends and how they impact the tiremaker's research and development efforts.


Register now for STL tire tech seminars

The deadline is approaching to register for Standards Testing Laboratories' 2009 Tire Technology seminars at the company's Massillon, Ohio, headquarters on June 2-4 and October 13-15.

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP (for zero pressure) tires are standard on the 2009 Corvette ZR1.

Will run-flats take over at OE?

More than 115 years after John Seiberling patented a puncture-resistant tire, the automotive industry is still trying to develop a maintenance-free tire. Run-flat tires offer a short-term solution; they aren’t puncture proof, but you can drive on them without air and without damaging the wheel.


Get a grip on traction

Traction controls the propelling, cornering and braking of a vehicle through the friction of the tire treads and the road surface, hence providing safety. The field of traction is complex, particularly when considering the road/tire/vehicle/driver system interactions involved.

Due to current economic conditions, many consumers today are delaying tire replacement, sometimes to the point that the steel cord belts are exposed.

Tread wear resistance

This is the third in a series of articles about tire design by Jacques Bajer, president of Tire Systems Engineering Inc. In the first, he analyzed the causes of tire structural integrity degradation. In the second, he explained how tire rolling resistance affects vehicle fuel consumption.

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