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Cimcorp to automate green tire handling at Chinese Qingdao Sentury Tire

Qingdao Sentury Tyre, a significant Chinese tire manufacturer, has commissioned Cimcorp to provide the turnkey delivery of a new material handling solution for PCR green tires. The system is due to become operational in steps in 2014-2015.

The automation system is based on Cimcorp's Dream Factory solution and includes green tire handling from tire-building machines to curing presses. Cimcorp’s buffer storage between these process phases as well as the advanced warehouse control software will increase the efficiency of the green tire area of the new factory.
The multimillion euro order includes three independent automation lines each consisting of electric monorail systems (EMS) for unloading tire-building machines and transferring green tires to the curing buffers; green tire buffers; spotting stations; and electric monorail systems (EMS) for press delivery.
The material flow will be controlled by Cimcorp WCS (Warehouse Control Software), which integrates all robots, electric monorail systems, and pallet conveyors into a seamlessly working system.
Through this investment Sentury Tire wishes to increase productivity and improve product quality.
According to Mr. Qin Cimcorp’s automation concept ensures a better yield and a higher utilization of the tire-building machines, “We are not able to gain the full benefit from our tire-building machines. Cimcorp’s automation makes it possible.”
Kai Tuomisaari, Vice President of Sales and Projects for Cimcorp, explains, “Total control of the whole process means that more high-quality tires are produced. Smaller buffers and 100% availability of green tires at curing presses increase the yield dramatically.”

TEXT: PAULA OVASKAINEN