Events Schedule

Monday, September 12, 2016
8:00am — 4:30pm
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
7:30am — 6:15pm
8:30am — 9:00am

Tire Forensics Unit: Tire Failure Analysis: Deflating the Difference Between "Trapped air" and Multilayer Rubber Tear Patterns

Adhesion between components in a steel-belted radial tire has been studied and discussed in the literature for decades. The adhesive and cohesive bonds in a cured tire often result in a random, multilayered tear pattern when a tire experiences a detached tread and top belt.  These random tear...

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8:30am — 9:00am

Tire Materials Unit: Innovation Challenges in Tire Materials Development: Pirelli's Perspective

Tire Development is driven by OE, legislation and market forces: Pirelli integrates the former inputs into an Open Innovation Model, involving collaborations with leading OE manufacturers, selected Suppliers and Research Institutes. New Materials are a fundamental part of Pirelli’s  Innovation...

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8:30am — 9:00am

Recycling Workshop: U.S. Scrap Tire Market and Industry Forecast

Mr. Sheerin will present the RMA’s 2015 US Scrap Tire Management Report. This report, the latest in the series going back to 1990, identifies the markets and disposition of US scrap tires in 2015. It identifies the trends and progress in stockpile reduction and looks in general at the state programs...

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8:30am — 4:00pm
9:00am — 9:30am

Tire Forensics Unit: Determination of the Standard of Care in the Tire Service Industry

Tire service professionals offer tire services to the motoring public.  In the course of providing those services, they may expose themselves to liability.  If a tire service professional is found to have fallen below the "Standard of Care" in the industry, negligence can be alleged. ...

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9:00am — 9:30am

Recycling Workshop: Myths and Facts About Recycled Tire Rubber

A review of the impact that the crumb rubber infill crisis is having on the demand and acceptance of crumb rubber infill for synthetic turf and play surfaces. This session will provide an update on the CalRecycle funded OEHHA report and the U.S. multi-agency action plan to study key environmental...

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9:00am — 9:30am

Tire Materials Unit: High Performance Elastomers in Passenger and Truck Tires

The speaker will highlight several recent initiatives focused on the tire industry. Firstly, the benefits of partially replacing natural rubber (NR) with low glass transition temperature (Tg) solution SBRs in NR/BR truck tread carbon black filled tires will be evaluated. Both lab, and tire test data...

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9:30am — 10:00am
9:30am — 10:00am

Recycling Workshop: Market Creation and Innovation Today and Tomorrow Part 1

This is the first of two presentations showcasing how recycled rubber is being used innovatively by very different companies.  In the first, micronized tire rubber is being utilized in a variety of plastics manufacturing processes as well as used in the automotive, construction and safety products...

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9:30am — 10:00am

Tire Materials Unit: Effect of Polymer Type and Surface Roughness on Coefficient of Friction

To better understand the mechanism of polymer friction, six different polymer types were compared with a laboratory friction tester. The coefficient of friction was measured at 2 inches per second velocity on an annular ring at a variety of loads. A break-in was used to prepare the surface. Polymer...

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10:00am — 10:30am

Recycling Workshop: Market Creation and Innovation Today and Tomorrow Part 2

This is the second of two presentations showcasing how recycled rubber is being used innovatively by very different companies. The BASF Construction Chemicals division focuses on several products including coatings to add value to various recycled rubber substrates.  This session will provide...

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10:00am — 10:30am

Tire Materials Unit: Rubber/Silica Masterbatch Produced with Continuous Liquid Phase Mixing Application to Passenger Tire Compounds

The applications of silica in rubber products, tires in particular, increased rapidly in the last two decades. Due to the highly polar surface, this filler is very difficult to mix into the hydrocarbon polymers with conventional mixing technology, resulting in a poorer dispersion, hence poorer physical...

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10:00am — 10:30am

Tire Forensics Unit: Forensic Analysis of Failed Tires--A Case Study

Pneumatic tires have been considered as the last frontier of classical physics and for the chemist it is a constant challenge. It is a high tech complex product consisting of many materials having distinctly different properties and are subjected to a wide range of service condition like...

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10:30am — 11:00am
11:00am — 11:30am

Tire Forensics Unit: Typical Manufacturing Conditions in Steel Belted Radial Tires: Do They Influence Tire Durability?

When examining a tire that has experienced a tread/belt separation and/or a partial or complete tread/belt detachment to determine the cause of the disablement, it is important to perform a detailed forensic examination of the remains of the tire and available detached tread/belt pieces.  Forensic...

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11:00am — 11:30am

Tire Materials Unit: Highly Dispersible Silica for Improved Tire Performance, Part 1: Tread Compound Mixing and Physical Properties

Precipitated silica is used to improve the in-service performance of passenger car tires. Tread development increases the laboratory predictors for both the wet traction and rolling resistance properties while maintaining the wear resistance compared to carbon black-filled compounds.  As a result...

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11:00am — 11:30am

Recycling Workshop: ASTM D11.20.01 (Recycled Rubber) Task Group Proposed Changes to Benefit Manufacturers

The need for consistent quality, size and quantity of crumb rubber, rubber powder and micronized powder as tire-derived material (TDM) feedstock is critical to the compounder and manufacturer of technical products (e.g. modifying rubber, plastics, cementitious materials).  Revisions to ASTM...

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11:30am — 12:00pm
11:30am — 12:15pm

Tire Forensics Unit: Liability Avoidance--Ensuring the Discovery Process is Less Painful

When a lawsuit is filed involving one of your tires, the discovery process is never easy and is always disruptive.  Enabling good business practices and skill sets now will help ease your pain later.  For example, lawsuits often involve requests for internal corporate communications. ...

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11:30am — 12:00pm

Tire Materials Unit: Highly Dispersible Silica for Improved Tire Performance, Part 2: Tread Compound Dispersion and Dynamic Properties

Precipitated silica is used to improve the in-service performance of passenger car tires. Tread development increases the laboratory predictors for both the wet traction and rolling resistance properties while maintaining the wear resistance compared to carbon black-filled compounds.  As a result...

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12:00pm — 1:30pm
1:30pm — 2:00pm

New Firefighting Technology: Encapsulator Agents

 Tire fires present unique challenges for firefighters and fire suppression systems. Both water and foam are ineffective against these fires, yet most tire warehouse suppression systems use water. As tires burn, they exude oil, effectively becoming a Class B fire. Water has little effect against...

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1:30pm — 2:00pm

Tire Materials Unit: Compound Design Considerations Using Emulsil Silica Masterbatch for Various Tire Tread Applications

The Emulsil® silica masterbatch (SMB) technology provides tire compounders with unique products where the silica is fully reacted and coupled.  Benefits of this technology include excellent silica dispersion, efficient incorporation of fillers at high levels, elimination of alcohol emissions,...

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1:30pm — 2:00pm

Recycling Workshop: Recovered Carbon from Scrap Tires Recycled into Activated Carbon

Eight years ago Green Carbon, an affiliate of OTR Wheel Engineering, began with an international problem and created a solution by developing the Green Carbon Thermal Vacuum Recovery (TVR) system that converts scrap tires into recovered carbon, oil blendstock, steel and reclaim gas.  The presenter...

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2:00pm — 2:30pm

Recycling Workshop: Market Impact of Overproduction of Imported Truck Tires to the Tire Industry

As global production of tires has increased in the past 20 years, how has this effected manufacturers of tires and retread rubber; what impact has it had on end users; and how are today’s dealers and distributors managing this change? Key takeaways are: How has the truck tire industry evolved...

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2:00pm — 2:30am

Tire Materials Unit: Advanced Rubber Mixing Technology for Silica Tread Compounds

Internal mixers have been dominant for more than a century. In the recent decade, the demand for silica-reinforced compounds such as fuel efficient tires has been drastically increasing in the tire industry. However, compared to other materials, silica has the issue of a difficulty in mixing. The processing...

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2:00pm — 2:30pm

VP Latex- Facing a Consolidated Supply Landscape for Reinforced Rubber Goods – An Insight on Capabilities and Technology

VP Latex is a key component for the RFL Resorcinol-Formaldehyde Latex) dip serving as an crucial bonding agent between the rubber and the reinforcing fiber which find their main application in cords for tires, conveyer bels, V bels, hoses and air springs.The presentation will review the global VP Latex...

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2:30pm — 3:00pm

Tire Materials Unit: Micro/Nano CT--A Useful Tool for the Characterization of Silica Dispersion

Computer Aided Tomography (CT) techniques are crossover technologies now offering significant potential to provide quantitative insights into the state of particle dispersion in a rubber compound.  The CT technique offers a fairly rapid analysis and provides a degree of resolution previously...

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2:30pm — 3:00pm

Recycling Workshop: New Lab Techniques Result in New Crumb Rubber Applications in Asphalt Cement

Tire crumb rubber has been recycled into asphalt cement for over five decades in the western United States. This presentation will review standard technologies and testing protocols for tire rubber in asphalt. New lab techniques have allowed for testing new crumb rubber applications in asphalt cement...

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2:30pm — 3:00pm

Future Trends in Gearbox Technology for the Rubber Industry

The rubber industry represents high demanding application for the whole powertrain. A gearbox (reducer) has to cope with uneven loading and regular overloads. High durability, long life, high efficiency, as well as low maintenance are required, together with increasing NVH reduction demands. This paper...

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3:00pm — 3:30pm

Tire Materials Unit: SureMix® Performance Process Aids For Silica Tread Compounds

Tire manufacturers are constantly seeking out new material technologies that can be leveraged to meet the ever increasing performance demands for improved fuel economy and vehicle handling and braking performance laid down by vehicle manufacturers and improved safety and tread-life demanded by tire buying...

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3:00pm — 3:30pm

SMARTY--Smart Tire Development Project

This presentation will cover the development of “smart” tires, beginning with a brief history, then moving to a review of how different manufacturers have developed intelligent tires, with examples from Michelin, Goodyear and Continental.  Sekulic will discuss achievements and future...

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3:00pm — 3:30pm

Recycling Workshop: Sustainable Rubber Asphalt Technologies Mean Success

New engineering developments in rubberized asphalt are demonstrating meaningful success in the field in hot and cold regions while cutting costs dramatically. Pavement performance data will be presented, along with an evaluation of positive market response.

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3:30pm — 4:00pm
4:00pm — 5:00pm

Keynote Address: Running In The Fast Lane – Future of Mobility and Its Opportunities

David Stafford, Executive Vice President for Michelin North America, will be the Keynote Speaker at ITEC on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.   Mr. Stafford was the Chief Operating Officer of Michelin Americas Research Company (MARC) from 2007 until July, 2013, when he was appointed Executive...

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5:00pm — 6:15pm

Networking Reception

Open bar, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and the HF Banbury Beer Garden, featuring regional craft beers, sponsored by HF Group.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
7:30am — 5:30pm
8:00am — 9:30am

Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Award Ceremony Breakfast

The ITEC 2106 Tire Manufacturing Conference Chairmen, Harold Herzlich, Walter Waddell and Larry Evans, have announced that Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Limper will be awarded The Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Medal will be awarded to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Limper at a special ceremony on Wednesday,...

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9:30am — 10:00am

Consumer Information Unit: Tire Quality Grading: Where Are We After Fifty Years?

The grading of passenger tires to inform consumers of the characteristics of passenger tires was authorized by the United States Congress in the Motor Vehicle Safety Act in September of 1966.  After a tortuous history during its inception Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 79 CFR § 575.104...

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9:30am — 10:00am

Tire Testing Unit: Global Business Trends Affecting the Tire Industry and What They Mean for Current and Future Tire Testing

Global expansion, platform consolidations, increasing data requirements – all of these factors are stressing on research and development dollars. While many are looking at emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles, investments are still required to support the products going to OEMs and end...

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9:30am — 5:00pm
10:00am — 10:30am

Special Unit! 100th Anniversary of the Banbury® Mixer: Engineered Systems

How the entire mill room can be and should be incorporated into one complete working system to achieve the best possible outcome from a technology and throughput perspective.

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10:00am — 10:30am

Consumer Information Unit: NHTSA in the Rear View Mirror: Reflections of a retired tire compliance engineer

Mr. Gillespie will present a brief update on pending tire regulations at NHTSA, highlighted by his reflections and opinions of the efficacy and enforceability of existing, pending, and scheduled tire regulations.  Of particular focus will be FMVSS No. 139 et al, Tire Fuel Efficiency Consumer Information...

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10:00am — 10:30pm

Tire Testing Unit: Effective Cooperative Research Experiences

Companies in the tire and tire-related industries continue to strive for the next new product breakthrough or dramatic improvement in product performance to set themselves apart from their competitors.  This necessitates a significant commitment to and financing of research to develop the required...

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10:30am — 11:00am
11:00am — 12:00pm

Panel: The Future of Tire Testing

This panel of experts will share their views on what tire testing will look like in the next decade. Will tests that have been relied on for 50 years continue to be the cornerstone of tire performance characterization? What incremental improvements might extend their lifetime for many more years? What...

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11:00am — 11:30am

Consumer Information Unit: An Outlook of Consumer On-line Viewing Trends of Tires at Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports looks back at what interest consumers have in tires based on content from our on-line service at ConsumerReports.org.  The presentation will touch on trends that may affect how consumers buy tires.  It will also reflect on how tire evaluations may evolve to offer more...

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11:00am — 11:30am

Special Unit! 100th Anniversary of the Banbury® Mixer: History of Rubber Mixing

This overview of the history of rubber mixing includes other mixing technologies, but is focused in part on the Banbury® and tangential technology, up to nearly present day.

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11:30am — 12:00pm

Special Unit! 100th Anniversary of the Banbury® Mixer: A Review of the Current Level of Technology for Rubber Mixing

This presentation reviews the current level of technology for rubber mixing, including Intermeshing Rotor and Continuous Mixing.  It will also include where the future of mixing is going.

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11:30am — 12:00pm

Consumer Information Unit: Why Tire Fuel Efficiency Data is not in the Marketplace

In 2004 the State of California began to establish a Fuel Efficient Tire Program.  In 2007 Congress directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to establish a National Tire Fuel Efficiency Consumer Information Program.  Neither California nor NHTSA has established a...

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12:00pm — 1:30pm
1:30pm — 2:00pm

Special Unit! 100th Anniversary of the Banbury® Mixer: Integrated Automation Solutions for Rubber Plants

Modern day control systems and the full integration of intelligent controls throughout the entire mill room.

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1:30pm — 2:00pm

Consumer Information Unit: UTQG: Consumer Education, Care has Everything to do With It

Imagine there are two vehicles, each with a set of tires with aNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration Uniform Tire Quality Grade (UTQG) of 600-A-A.  One is driven by a consumer who is brand conscious, but has little knowledge about tire maintenance. The other is driven by a consumer who...

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1:30pm — 2:00pm

Tire Materials Unit: Trends in Synthetic Rubber Markets

Synthetic Rubber Markets have experienced a great deal of change over the past few years. Over capacity, natural rubber market dynamics, falling oil prices, and relatively weak demand growth have combined to drive the market trends. Tire Producers have benefited from many of these market dynamics as...

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2:00pm — 2:30pm

Consumer Information Unit: Development of an Aged Tire Durability Test Standard

An overview of the process used to develop an ASTM procedures to chemically age tires in the laboratory to represent observed field behavior under actual customer use and the subsequent laboratory durability assessment. The ASTM procedures were developed with wide industry collaboration resulting...

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2:00pm — 2:30pm

Tire Materials Unit: Surface-Modified Carbon Black and Functionalized SSBR: Effects on Elastomer-Filler Interface and Viscoelastic Properties in Passenger Tire Tread Compounds

Surface functionalized carbon blacks used in combination with functionalized SSBR polymers have shown significant improvements in tread compound viscoelastic properties and predicted tire performance. In this paper the nature of the filler-polymer interaction and filler network dynamics in such compounds...

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2:00pm — 2:30pm

Special Unit! 100th Anniversary of the Banbury® Mixer: Process Engineering

How advances in mixing technology have enabled the production of advanced compounds and higher throughputs.

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2:30pm — 3:00pm

Tire Materials Unit: The Influence of Rubber Process Oils on Tire Properties

Fueled by ever-increasing demands on automotive engine oil performance, an appetite for significantly larger volumes of paraffinic base oils of API Group II and Group III is growing. As a consequence, the global base oil production landscape is changing rapidly, with closures of many Group I production...

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2:30pm — 3:00pm

Special Unit! 100th Anniversary of the Banbury® Mixer: Downstream Equipment

This review of downstream equipment includes Two Roll Mills and Convex units, as well as information related to batch off machines and how in general downstream processing of the mixed batch has progressed over the years.

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2:30pm — 3:00pm

Consumer Information Unit: Using Rating Systems to Assist Consumers Select Fuel Efficient Tires and Protect Environment

Measurement of tire Rolling Resistance (RR) is becoming increasingly important as various rating/labeling systems are established in different parts of the world. ISO 28580 test method for single-point RR measurement has become the basis for these rating systems. In this study, we look at how some of...

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3:00pm — 3:30pm
3:30pm — 4:00pm

Consumer Information Unit: Tire Rolling Resistance and Vehicle Fuel Economy

The Rolling Resistance Coefficient (RRC) data for ~100 models of passenger car radial tires had been determined by following the ISO 28580 test protocol.  Average RRC values are calculated for the three global regions where tires were manufactured and purchased: Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. ...

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3:30pm — 4:00pm

Tire Materials Unit: Use of New Plasticizers in the Tire Industry

Plasticizers are used in the rubber industry for more than 100 years. The actual demand is more than 3 million tons worldwide which means they are, after the rubber and the fillers, number 3 by volume in the compounds. But what are the important properties of that class of raw materials today and what...

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4:00pm — 4:30pm

Tire Materials Unit: Zinc Oxide Usage in Tire Component Compounds

An overview of the usage of zinc oxide in passenger and light truck tire compounds will be discussed. The quantitative analyses of compounds from a population of over 300 radial passenger and light truck tires will be summarized.  The study will draw upon Smithers’ proprietary database to...

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4:00pm — 4:30pm

Consumer Information Unit: The Economics of Fuel Efficient Tires: Tire Calculator

Fuel efficient tires offer the potential for fuel cost savings.  But fuel efficiency is only one factor impacting the overall economics of tires.  If the sales price of a fuel efficient tire is higher than other tires, is it still the best economic choice?  What if the fuel efficient...

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4:30pm — 5:15pm

Consumer Tire Information Panel

What tire performance information do consumers have available? Is it important and helpful, or extraneous? Is there other information they would like but have trouble finding a reliable source? How helpful are government standards? How should consumers best be provided information about a potential tire...

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4:30pm — 5:00pm

Tire Materials Unit: The Future of Carbon Black is Green

Breakthrough technology has been deveopled that creates high quality ‘green’ carbon black as a highly attractive technical substitute for several conventional furnace and gas carbon blacks used in tires. Next to providing technical performance benefits it offers huge positive environmental...

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Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:30am — 1:00pm
8:00am — 8:30am

Production Process Unit: The Effectiveness of Scale-up Sized Internal Intensive Mixers

In this 100th anniversary of the invention of the internal intensive mixer, rubber companies tend to have either one or both types of the mainstream sized rubber mixers available.  They are usually a very small 2-5 lb. sized mixer and/or a large production mixer that would yield a 400-1300 pound...

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8:00am — 8:30am

Modeling Unit: Paired Design Treadwear Analysis

This presentation provides an approach that reduces treadwear testing cost in time, vehicles, and tires; and improves the power of detecting compound treadwear improvements. Treadwear testing has always been an expensive proposition due to the uncontrolled variables that increase the uncertainty in test...

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8:00am — 8:30am

Challenges Facing the Global Tire Industry

In the rapidly changing world of today when there are plenty of global issues and challenges affecting primarily the automotive and rubber industry. The tire industry is no exception. This is a unique industry with a very rich value chain from plantations to roads and everything in between. Globally...

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8:00am — 1:00pm
8:30am — 9:00am

Production Process Unit: Calender Operations in the Tire Industry A Brief History and the Current Art

The development of the rubber calender in relationship to the invention, commercialization, and evolution of the pneumatic tire provides the structure for this overview.  The gradual migration from low-speed, labor intensive processes and the development and implementation of pre- and post-...

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8:30am — 9:00am

Modeling Unit: Innovative Molecular Simulation and Visualization Technology for Designing Tire Materials

In order to develop the high-performance tire rubber materials that will become increasingly essential in the near future, we must first return to square one and consider how rubber performance traits are manifested. Thus, it will be necessary for us to elucidate and understand the internal structures...

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8:30am — 9:00am

Insights into Material Composition of Tread, Sidewall and Innerliner through a Global Tire Survey

Dr. Teertstra will provide an overview of a tire survey conducted within the Tire and Specialty Rubber (TSR) business unit of ARLANXEO. Tire construction and composition were assessed using the expertise of the company's NA Technical Center in London, ON, Canada. ARLANXEO is a truly global supplier of...

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9:00am — 9:30am

Truck/Bus Radial Tire Survey

During the last 30 years, ExxonMobil Chemical has conducted a series of global surveys for passenger car radial tires to evaluate the influence of halobutyl rubber on inflation pressure loss rates (IPLR).  This first truck/bus radial (TBR) tire survey evaluated 36 sets of 11R22.5 drive or all-position...

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9:00am — 9:30am

Production Process Unit: Automated X-ray Inspection System

Fully automated inspection eliminates the uncertainties that can occur due to operator decisions in the case of visual inspection purely ‘by sight’. No potential flaws are overseen when an operator is tired or distracted. The Mesnac automated X-ray Inspection System implements automated radiographic...

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9:00am — 9:30am

Modeling Unit: The Road to Reality--Toward Faster and More Efficient Tire Characterization

With automotive development cycles shortening, engineers are increasingly turning to simulation as an essential tool. However, simulation of vehicle ride and handling requires accurate characterization of tire performance - a non-trivial task. Until recently, engineers characterizing tire performance...

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9:30am — 10:00am
10:00am — 10:30am

Modeling Unit: Blue Tire Technology & TTA Cloud Design Platform

As the next step of green tire technology, blue tire technology focuses on all aspects of tire production, from tire design to finish.  Introduced in 2012, Blue Technology saves resources, discharges less emissions, has more environmental protection and reduces cost.  It includes:1、New...

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10:00am — 10:30am

Production Process Unit: Technical Release Liners for Tire Manufacturing Process Improvement

There is little public awareness on tire release liners. However, their function is essential to the tire manufacturing process. As raw formulated rubber is extruded or calendared into sheets before assembly and curing, liners are needed to store these profiles and to release them when they are rolled...

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10:00am — 10:30am

Use of Operating TMPH Rating System in Field Tire Testing and Product Quality Assessment

According to SAE, The Tonne Kilometer Per Hour (TKPH) (or Tone Mile Per Hour (TMPH)) rating is one of several factors for evaluating the performance capability of off-the-road (OTR) tires. The TKPH rating is a measure of work per unit time, and as such is intended to supplement information published...

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10:30am — 11:00am

Extrusion Stability of Treads and Wedges

Die swell and other viscoelastic characteristics imparted to a rubber compound by different elastomers and reinforcing fillers are very relevant to compound performance in extrusion, calendering, molding, and other factory operations. In this study, a capillary rheometer was used to measure the...

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10:30am — 11:00am

Production Process Unit: The Future of Tire Production Plants

In the last decade we have been able to see some major changes and developments in concepts, equipment, materials, construction and general production focuses in the tire and rubber industry. This is after more than 100 years of hardly any major changes, perhaps except radial construction and tubeless...

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10:30am — 11:30am

Modeling Unit: Modern Solutions for Characterizing and Simulating Tire Durability

This presentation outlines new opportunities to achieve tire durability under the usual pressures to minimize material use and development costs.  The opportunities arise because modern material characterization and numerical simulation methods show significant advantages over prior art methods...

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11:00am — 11:30am

The Guayule Tire: A Progress Report

Cooper Tire & Rubber is leading a consortium of companies and universities as part of a $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant to advance science in the areas of guayule genetics, agronomics, rubber production and utilization of products from the plant.  The effect...

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11:00am — 11:30am

Production Process Unit: The Next Era of Tire Distribution Innovation

“The Next Era of Tire Distribution Innovation” addresses the increasing importance of automating the distribution process for tire manufactures. It explores the current trend of tire manufactures choosing to install automated systems in new facilities as well as automation solutions for manufactures...

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11:30am — 1:00pm
12:00pm — 1:00pm