Bridgestone develops state-of-the-art tire building technology

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Bridgestone’s new Examation tire assembly system, installed at the Hikone plant in Japan, combines the company’s proprietary information and communication technologies with artificial intelligence. It is designed to further improve quality and enhance productivity in the factory. Machines will be installed at new and existing Bridgestone plants worldwide.

The new Examation system employs technologies based on Bridgestone Intelligent Office (BIO) and Bridgestone Intelligent Device (BID), which incorporate data analysis and proprietary algorithms developed using analysis of big data collected from manufacturing processes with the techniques and know-how of Bridgestone’s experts in the manufacturing process.

Based on the algorithms that exceed prior insight created by BIO, BID introduces a unique artificial intelligence that automatically controls production systems, enabling automatic control of production processes and quality assurance that was previously dependent on human analysis.

The system enables Bridgestone to minimize various production process disparities, which arise from differences in the human capabilities to achieve levels of manufacturing precision previously unachievable. Furthermore, the data collected through this system will be utilized in conjunction with data on existing tire assembling machines, processes conducted before and after assembly, products, and various other areas to improve the overall quality of procedures throughout factories.

June 20, 2016

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