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Getting to the Top of Tire and Automotive Industry

Posted on July 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

The world is turning to the tire and wheel industry for the latest and greatest in the automotive industry, including retreading. Customers in this industry need to educate themselves on what the best machines are for uniformity, dynamic balance, and geometry.

In the automotive industry, tire and wheel assembly rooms combine all the needed functions to mount a tire on a rim, test it for imperfections, all before the customer buys it.

Uniformity in the automotive industry, analyzes force variation, runout, and sidewall appearance in tire and wheel assemblies. Without proper inspection, these forces affect the integrity of the tire and ride of the automobile could be drastically compromised. To test uniformity, I suggest finding an experienced company utilizing the ASTEC Tire and Wheel Uniformity Machine.

Dynamic balance measures tire and wheel assemblies based on static, couple and upper and lower plane imbalance. If this is not properly checked, the tires could bounce, wobble and steer improperly. For balancing needs, I suggest VTW Dynamic Tire and Wheel Balance System to test tires before put on an automobile.

Geometry Measurement systems provide a complete analysis of tire sidewall and tire tread width areas. By utilizing geometry measurements the tire should not have any defects, such as bulges or depressions.

As a driver, it is expected that our tires are inspected and good to go when they are brand new. The automotive industry test and measurement system is the before process, before being sold to drivers.

If you are in this industry, the experience and knowledge is already there, the machines are probably already in the assembly room. Maintaining the most up to date machinery is important, though.

Education is also important. In any industry, there is always more to learn, new technology to make a given process more efficient. TGIS-SL tire geometry inspection is the best of geometry measurement machines. Education involves understanding terminology as well. For example, tire uniformity actually pertains to non-uniformity, which is a quantitative measure of force and runout variation within a tire.

I suggest doing a research every now and again to keep ahead of competitors. Who is the leading competitor? Do some research into what they are doing. Why are they the leader? I would say that it is because of the machinery being used and the clientele. There is always a leader in any industry; at least keep up and stabilize to be the top too.

Application of Webbings in Automotive Industry

Posted on July 1, 2019 in Uncategorized

Almost all of us drive our cars everyday to work. We use all safety provisions available in the car. However, we rarely think about the use of fabrics therein. I am not talking about the seat covers or other upholstery, which are of course, an important automotive textile. Here, I am talking about other fabrics- the narrow fabrics- particularly the webbings used in cars and other transportations. These webbings provide ultimate motor vehicle safety and are indispensable components of automotive, even more for racing and sports cars. Let’s explore how webbings are used in automotive industry and in what ways they make our driving experience safe and secured.

How Webbings are Used in Cars?

Webbing is a strong, closely woven, narrow fabric. It is used more commonly as safety harness. A safety harness is a protective equipment meant for protecting people, animals or objects from injury or damage. A seat belt, over-the-shoulder restraints used on roller coaster trains, full body harness used by fighter pilots, bungee jumping ropes- all of them are the examples of safety harness. However, the following paragraphs discuss the use of webbings in cars.

Seat Belts: A seat belt is an energy absorbing equipment which is meant to protect a person’s body in the event of crash down. It keeps the load imposed on the victim’s body in such an event. It allows the wearer to move forward for about thirty centimeters at the maximum avoiding contact with any immovable parts of the car. Nylon webbings had been the choice for seat belts till sometimes ago. However, due to its higher stretchability as compared to that of polyester webbings, the scope its of application has got limited. The strong polyester webbings that have lower rate of elongation under load are now the first choice for seat belts.

HANS Device: The Head and Neck Support device, or the HANS device- as it is popularly called- is a safety equipment compulsorily installed in racing sports cars. It minimizes the chances of head and neck injuries in the event of a crash. This U-shaped device is attached only to the helmet and not to the belts, driver’s body, or seat. Attachment is done with the help of two anchors on either side, much like the Hutchens device but placed slightly back. Hutchens Device is a harness that transfers head and neck loads to the seat belts. HANS device uses webbing tethers for attaching the driver’s helmet to the collar. The Hutchens device is made almost entirely of webbing.

Window Nets: The window nets are meant for protecting the driver of a racing car whenever the speedy cars roll over during a racing event. They also prevent objects from entering the driver compartment. The driver’s upper body parts are made safe with the use of seatbelt and HANS device, his legs are also tucked down under the dash hoops and they, in fact, don’t experience much motion. Arms remain the only vulnerable part of the body and window nets effectively protect them. Mostly made of polypropylene webbings, window nets are attached to the roll cage itself, so that arms don’t get crushed between body and cage. They prevent the driver’s arms from coming out in the any unwanted event.

The above description goes to show that narrow fabrics like webbings, in spite of their smaller structure, are no less important. They provide unimaginable safety to the car occupants, proving their worth as equivalent to other fabrics.

2009 – A Crazy Year For the Automotive Industry

Posted on June 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

2009 has not only been a crazy year for the banking industry – which as we all know has seen many ups and downs… It has also been quite turbulent for the automotive sector too!

The Scrappage Scheme has made both the new and used car marketplace have many ups and downs. First and foremost it has boosted new car sales – which was its main intention, alongside reducing the amount of old cars on the road, but it also sent the used car market into chaos too.

The success of the Scrappage Scheme has meant that used car dealers have had a fantastic 2009. The fact that thousands of motorists sent their used cars to be scrapped meant that there was a severe shortage of used cars available…so the ones which were available were in high demand.

This was fantastic news for used car dealers as used car prices actually rose by 30% – a record figure. Bartering over the price of a used car was almost unheard of as dealers remained adamant that they would get the asking price they wanted. The only problem for dealers was actually being able to keep their forecourts full of cars.

It is only now in November that automotive experts have suggested that the price of used cars is starting to return to normal in what they call the ‘correction in prices’.

The Scrappage Scheme will start to run out of funds early next year which will have yet another effect on the automotive industry. It’s likely that new car sales will decrease as there won’t be as big an incentive to car buyers. This will also impact on the used car market as more used cars will become available which will mean that prices should see a slight decrease.

It’s not only the Scrappage Scheme that has caused used car prices to increase, it’s also the recession. People who may have previously looked to buy a brand new car may turn to the used car market to save a couple of thousand – creating a higher demand!

Used car dealers will be hoping for a recession every year!