Pirelli Tire North America (www.pirelli.com) has received the 2003 Robots & Vision User Recognition Award for its robotic tire assembly process. Known as MIRS, the system reduces the lead time from raw materials to finished product to 72 minutes, compared to six days in the traditional process. A six-axis Comau robot, incorporated with an auxiliary axis, provides drum rotation during the rubber application to the tire drum. As a result, the robots—rather than the rubber—move. Pirelli is the fourth company to win the award.
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