Over at the Tekna stand, attendees were encouraged to learn more about Vision Tire System 3D – a defect detection machine using a 10-axis, seven-camera system. A robotic arm moves the detection units according to a pre-set pattern (depending on the type of tire being inspected), and is capable of detecting defects occurring on the inside or outside of the tire.
“We have been working on this project for about four years,” explained Tekna R&D engineer Treviso Benedetto. “This is a way to recognise defects – but with the users setting their focus. This means that they can specify, for example, a cut less than 1mm, 1.2mm or longer, and the customer sets the parameters, and the software will highlight the defect.”
Able to scan a tire in 30 seconds, the technology is attracting interest from attendees at Tire Technology Expo. “All the big companies are coming to talk to us about this project,” Benedetto added. “Many have already approached us and have sent tires for us to test. Here we can explain to them more about the technology.”
21 February 2018