Clint Covey, senior project engineer, uses computer screens to illustrate how Kenda optimizes a tire’s footprint during the development stage.

Clint Covey, senior project engineer, uses computer screens to illustrate how Kenda optimizes a tire’s footprint during the development stage.

Even with a team of 25 engineers and $2 million worth of tire testing equipment in place, there is a lot of space to fill at Kenda Rubber Industrial Co.’s new technology center in Green, Ohio. Tom Williams, Kenda’s vice president of engineering, is planning to add more engineers and equipment to the 50,000-square-foot facility.

Kenda gave more than 50 of its distributors and dealers a look at its North American Technical Center (KATC) near Akron at an open house on June 20, 2016.

Mechanical and chemical engineers demonstrated developmental and testing equipment and engineering tools, including a high speed uniformity/rolling resistance test machine. “Our proprietary design tools will accelerate our ability to offer cost-effective products to the aftermarket and original equipment markets,” says Williams. 

Adam Steinkerchner, engineer I, checks on his automated tire mold profile drawings presentation.

Adam Steinkerchner, engineer I, checks on his automated tire mold profile drawings presentation.

Tyler Anderson, tire testing engineer, talks about the new $1.3 million HSU-500.

Tyler Anderson, tire testing engineer, talks about the new $1.3 million HSU-500.

Sam Knisley, research specialist, instructs Jason Abood (Kenda, left), Luis Escoto (TGI, center) and Chris Wood (Tire Discounters Inc.) on the fine points of vehicle dynamics.

Sam Knisley, research specialist, instructs Jason Abood (Kenda, left), Luis Escoto (TGI, center) and Chris Wood (Tire Discounters Inc.) on the fine points of vehicle dynamics.

Jay Braucher is a senior level technician and tire carver. He says he is called upon when “quick, rapid prototyping” is needed.

Jay Braucher is a senior level technician and tire carver. He says he is called upon when “quick, rapid prototyping” is needed.

Melissa Skufca, engineer I, explains how the engineers at Kenda’s new North American Technical Center design tires with less road noise.

Melissa Skufca, engineer I, explains how the engineers at Kenda’s new North American Technical Center design tires with less road noise.

Joshua Herron, senior project engineer, works in the Tire Research Department. He deals with advanced computer simulations, which are used for new tire designs in development.

Joshua Herron, senior project engineer, works in the Tire Research Department. He deals with advanced computer simulations, which are used for new tire designs in development.

  

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