Qingdao Sentury Tire selects Cimcorp logistics system

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Cimcorp has secured a US$33.5m order – the biggest in its history – from Chinese tire manufacturer Qingdao Sentury Tire to deliver a turnkey material handling solution to its new factory in Thailand. Cimcorp recently supplied handling systems for Sentury’s Qingdao plant in China, which led to Sentury’s selection of the same concept for the Thailand facility.

The solution will feature: 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. In addition, Cimcorp will also provide 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 will be controlled by Cimcorp’s Warehouse Control Software, which will integrate the various technologies – robots, monorails, RGVs, stacker cranes and pallet conveyors – into a seamless system. The system will become operational in stages during 2015 and 2016.

Meanwhile, Doug Pickard has retired from his position as CEO at Cimcorp Automation. He led the company, which was co-founded as RMT Robotics, for nearly 35 years. His successor Rick Trigatti (pictured), formerly operations manager, will expand his current responsibilities by stepping into the role of president of the company’s North American subsidiary.

“It has been a privilege to lead this company through its numerous achievements and transitions, most recently as the North American subsidiary of Cimcorp,” said Pickard. “Looking forward, it is with great confidence that I leave the company in Rick’s capable hands. His vision and understanding of the industry, and the opportunities that await, will inevitably result in continued success for the Cimcorp brand.”

July 8, 2015

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