ITMA treads towards test refinements for tire designers
ERJ staff report (TP)
Essex, UK – The Imported Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ITMA) technical partner, Tread Ltd, has made a number of refinements to its test sheets resulting in clearer explanations that will help tire designers target specific development areas.
The new sheets utilise best practice from OEM test processes and include a ranking from a reference tire summary performance which is weighted in a similar manner to magazine tests.
Changes have also been made to the company’s winter summary test sheet to provide added detail.
ITMA said: “Members wishing to take advantage of Tread’s winter tire testing and development services are encouraged to book soon as availability is already becoming limited.”
Meanwhile, the company has also been working closely with a number of tire manufacturers and Racelogic, advising them how to perform a test and develop additional software for a lateral aquaplaning test.
In April, ERJ reported that Tread had made several investments to expand its services available to members.