Poling Group News   |   Volume 3  |   Issue 4
Poling Group Innovation

Over the combined history of the Poling Group of companies, we've proven our determined innovation in the field of tire testing with 33 patents and more pending. The last few years have seen us working harder than ever to harness innovative ideas and technologies that give tire manufacturers the tools to test smarter, and significantly increase throughput.

Let's take a look at the machine, hardware, and software innovations that the Poling Group has been pleased to
announce in 2011 and 2012.


Machine
2012 ASM CX111
Our new CX111-16 and CX111-18 machines are the result of 3 years of intensive product improvement. We listened very closely when our customers told us they wanted a machine that could test larger tires with the accuracy required for smaller tires, and that they wanted to do it with a machine that was even faster and more durable and reliable than any prior machine. 
 
Smarter.
Advances like Waveform Validation and Correction and 30+ other patented ideas make our machines the most accurate in the industry.
 
Faster. 
Test thousands and thousands of tires per day with Poling Group's updated 2012 CX111 and Final Finish Host providing 1-direction tire testing assistance.
 
Stronger.
Recent advances in Poling Group technology allows our machines to test millions of tires before major wear parts need attention.
 
   
Profile Generating Machine (PGM)
The PGM is a recipe-driven system that increases the ability of a tire manufacturer to supply consistently round tires, with identical diameter and profile, to the most demanding end-customers. Patented worldwide, PGM uses dual precision grinder units, a laser, and a Windows-based controller to reduce radial force, radial runout and conicity -- without compromising finished tire appearance! .
  
   
ASM-Hasbach Rolling Resistance Tester
This machine uses the torque method to measure rolling resistance, under controlled laboratory conditions, for new passenger / light truck pneumatic tires. It correlates measurement results to enable inter-laboratory comparisons.
 
Add the optional camber unit to compare rolling resistance from tires, free-rolling straight ahead, to a steady-state tire with camber in a position that is perpendicular to the drum outer surface. 
 
SAE: J2425   ISO: 28580 Rolling Resistance Standard

   
Hardware
Tire Air Inflation Regulator (TAIR)

The TTOC testing machine controller directs the TAIR system, resulting in quick, yet accurate, adjustment of the air system to new inflation set points.  The TAIR system uses WVC software algorithms to "learn" about the tire testing machine, its air supply and the dynamics of the air system. This is of particular benefit if your testing machines process tires in mixed mode (lot size = 1), or your tests routinely require multiple pressure inflation set points.
 
Unlike analog alternatives that are highly susceptible to electrical noise, TAIR’s digital regulator does not change the pressure sporadically, or at inopportune times.


   
Tire Data Acquisition (TDAQ)

Innovative and practical, TDAQ was specially developed by Poling Group to apply modern technology to the task of test data acquisition.

Because a single TDAQ can process load cell and pressure transducer signals, two TDAQ cables (power and Ethernet) now efficiently replace the many wires leading back to the control panel of traditional tire test machines.

Simplified wiring, combined with data acquisition located closer to the source, produce stronger and cleaner signals to bring about a substantial increase in resolution.


   
Software
Waveform Validation and Correction (WVC)

In 2009 CTI decided to develop a smarter way to begin measurement acquisition for a uniformity test, rather than just waiting a fixed amount of time for tire stabilization. Less than three years later we surpassed that goal and produced Waveform Validation and Correction (WVC) – an entirely new and proprietary way of collecting, evaluating and processing tire uniformity measurement information.


   
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Machine Effect Characterization and Compensation (MECC)

This Patent Pending concept for characterization of mechanical deficiencies and then compensation to mitigate the effect that the deficiency has on the measurement is a huge step forward in advanced tire uniformity measurement methods.  In addition to enhanced measurement results for high spring rate tires and even properly operating machines, the MECC process can provide a long lasting stop gap measure to achieve qualifying measurement results for a mechanically deficient machine PRIOR to repair or overhaul.


 

 

 

 
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