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Sentury Tire drives success with Cimcorp's automation

 

Sentury Tire, Qingdao plant, China

Cimcorp's Dream Factory solution takes care of green tire handling from the tire-building machines to the curing presses.

  • The solution includes three independent automation lines, each consisting of electric monorail systems for unloading tire-building machines and transferring green tires to the curing buffers; green tire buffers with gantry robot; spotting stations; and electric monorail systems for press delivery.
  • The material flow is controlled by Cimcorp WCS (Warehouse Control System).
  • The system was installed in stages, with operation beginning in October 2014 and installation completed by March 2015.
  • Overall plant utilization: up from 72 percent to 96.5 percent. Quality improvement: 99.67 percent of tires can now be released immediately to the next process step, compared to 92 percent in the manual system.

Sentury Tire, Rayong plant, Thailand

Cimcorp's Dream Factory solution takes care of green tire handling from the tire-building machines to the curing presses and finished tire handling, sorting, palletizing and storing in the finishing, warehousing and shipping areas. With 100% availability of green and finished tires at the process machines, utilization of the valuable process machinery is optimized.

  •  The Cimcorp solution features six independent automation lines, each consisting of monorail systems for the unloading of the tire-building machines and transfer of green tires to the curing buffers; green tire buffer storage; spotting stations; and monorail transfers for press delivery.
  • The scope of supply also includes finished tire buffers and palletizing stations, rail guided vehicle (RGV) loops, stacker cranes in a high-bay warehouse and shipping buffers in the dispatch area.
  • The material flow is controlled by Cimcorp WCS, which integrates the various advanced technologies – robots, monorails, RGVs, stacker cranes and pallet conveyors – into a seamless system.
  • Installation began in October 2015 and the first line went into production January 2016. Implementation was continued in stages, with completion in May 2016.

Thanks to automation overall plant utilization has gone up from 72 percent to 96.5 percent in the Qingdao plant.

Qin Long, Chairman of Sentury Tire, China

Project details

  • Overall plant utilization: up from 72 percent to 96.5 percent.
  • Quality improvement: 99.67 percent of tires can now be released immediately to the next process step, compared to 92 percent in the manual system.

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