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.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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