ERJ staff report (TP)
Moscow – Seichter, German tire testing systems specialists, and Gislotica Mechanical Solutions, a Portuguese engineering company, used their strong partnership to show off their latest machines at the Tires & Rubber Exhibition in Moscow’s Expocentre.
Yesterday (24 April) ERJ spoke with Siegmar Ahlvers, Technical Sales Manager at Seichter, and Alexandre Moreira, Gislotica’s Project Designer.
Ahlvers said: “Our company focuses on measuring technology and we started in about 1980 to measure bulges [and so on].
“Other machine builders implement these systems to their tire testing machines and deliver them to all tire manufacturers worldwide. So that’s how we started.
“Later on we developed uniformity measurement technology – with digital measurement amplifiers – and we were the first one on the market.
“In 2006 we developed our own uniformity machine and today we are also able to measure imbalance.”
One of their truck tire machines is only about 3.5 metres high and Ahlvers believes this is the smallest on the market. It is used for geometry measurement and balancing.
While both companies work together (and share a booth at the show), they are separate companies.
Moreira explained: “We have known each other for a long time and we work together mostly because Seichter buys machines from us.
“We are a smaller company and we develop machines and sell it to other clients – one of the clients is Seichter.”
They are at the show for the third time and this year Seichter is ready to supply its balancing machine.
Ahlvers said: “This is our latest development – part of the complete inspection line.
“There has been more demand in the last years for balancing and one reason is because the lead for the weights is forbidden in Europe. This metal is some kind of poison.
“So if you use this with another metal it will be bigger and bigger, and this does not look good on the rims. So there is a reason to have more precision for the tires and rims – and more reason to measure imbalance of tires.”
This in turn has led to a “big” demand for these machines by tire companies.
Moreira said they already have some machines in Russia for Continental and two months ago they made a big sale to Belshina in Belarus.