The first high-performance passenger vehicle tires have been produced at the Triangle Group’s Huayang factory in Weihai Nanhai New District in China. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art production machinery from suppliers in Germany and Holland and is designed in accordance with Industry 4.0, featuring high levels of automation, information and intelligence. Due to this, the number of employees has been reduced by 40% compared with traditional production facilities.
Sun Shutao, secretary of Weihai Municipal CPC Committee, said the facility sets a good example for the transformation and upgrading of all other enterprises in Weihai city with its integration of information technology and industrialization.
From raw material preservation, in-process storage and transportation, to product testing, preservation and loading, the whole build process is automatic and features positioning accuracy down to the millimeter. Robot technology is used in rubber refining, in-process and product packing.
The production line employs integrated information-based manufacturing technology such as a MES system and it uses RFID, barcode and other technologies for real-time monitoring of raw materials, in-processes and products.
Meanwhile, with a total investment of RMB6.7bn, the Triangle Group has revealed its plans to build a proving ground with living facilities included, for the testing of its high-performance passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle tires.
March 17, 2016