ERJ staff report (BC)
Aarhus, Denmark – At the Tire Technology Expo, material handling specialist Crisplant launched its first automated system specifically customised for tire production.
Designed to ensure damage-free transport of both uncured and cured tires, the Crisplant tire tray transportation and sortation system eliminates manual handling and provides traceability and tracking of individual tires through every stage of the production process, according to the company.
Features include fully automatic loading and unloading, end-to-end tracking of tires using RFID technology, and the capability to handle a wide variety of tire sizes within the same system. System-wide visibility and control and the generation of detailed management statistics enable the system to be optimised continuously to enhance process efficiency.
Klaus Schäfer, Crisplant's managing director, says: “By eliminating manual handling of tires throughout production, tire manufacturers can enhance workplace safety and secure the best possible process efficiency. In creating this new system Crisplant has used the same skills and expertise with which it has helped major distribution hubs worldwide to transform their businesses to achieve lower operating costs and enhance their processes.
Crisplant has been designing, building and installing material handling systems for 45 years. The company cites a list of successful projects includes sorting systems for Goodyear and Bridgestone in the USA, Canada and Japan. Crisplant is currently installing a new sorting system at the Bridgestone facility in South Carolina, USA, with no disruption to the normal operation of the facility.