Feature: Virtual tire plants becoming a reality

Article published in the March/April issue of ERJ

Modeling and simulation tools are nowadays available for most aspects of manufacturing processes. With these so-called digital manufacturing tools, engineers can connect tire manufacturing parameters and dynamic influences to the performance characteristics of tire production plants.

The virtual tire plant provides a concise reflection of the real-world system, including its performance metrics, and a basis for plant optimisation.

In Europe, several equipment suppliers in the tire industry apply digital manufacturing tools on a routine basis. Tire producers are now beginning…

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