Kobe, Japan – Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd is claiming a breakthrough in rubber technology that it said will allow it to extend a tire's new performance characteristics longer into the tire's life.
The technology, dubbed "Tyre Leap AI Analysis," is an artificial intelligence-based development that SRI said leverages real-world data on tire raw materials together with advanced analytical data.
The process, said the tire maker, allows technicians to predict more accurately the properties of compounded rubber after use.
SRI said implementing the "groundbreaking" technology will allow it to accelerate the development of "Performance Sustaining Technology," a key component of its "Smart Tyre Concept," which aims to create high-performance tires that provide both safety and peace of mind.
Fundamentally, the technology looks at the structure of compounded rubber—which comprises a package of materials such as polymers (such as natural and synthetic rubber), reinforcing agents (such as carbon black and silica), crosslinking agents and additives.
It then evaluates the myriad "interlocking" factors related to the proportions of these various materials, the structures that they form in combination and other features.