Bridgestone is already using the system at its Hikone, Japan, plant, where it was developed. The company claims this results in an improvement of uniformity of 15 percent or more.
The installation of the Examation system at Tatanbaya will play a role in an expansion project under way at the eight-year-old that will increase daily capacity to 18,000 units by early 2017.
The tire maker is also installing the system at its $375-million passenger car tire plant in Ulyanovsk, which is scheduled to begin production before year-end.
Bridgestone will continue developing and deploying “innovative production technologies to strengthen its production competitiveness while at the same time seeking to provide customers with even higher quality products.”
The new system minimizes the amount of employee hands-on activity in the tire-building process, Bridgestone said, thus enabling “unprecedented” high-precision manufacturing.
The new system also integrates the data generated in the tire-building process into the entire factory’s operating system, thereby contributing to the process capability improvements of the entire plant.