- the fastest single machine in the world for inspecting tires will be on the market in April
- fast ROI thanks to drastic savings for labor costs
- a single machine that reduces complexity and therefore the error rate compared to solutions with a group of machines (based on the same performance parameters)
Oberkochen, Germany | 12 April 2022 | ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions
The shearography tire-inspection system ZEISS INTACT 1360-X was specifically developed for the inline control of new tires and will be available on the market starting April 2022. Separations and air bubbles, but also foreign material inclusions in the tires that are difficult if not impossible to detect with an X-ray procedure, are visible with the ZEISS INTACT 1360-X. For the inspection of a complete tire — from beaded rim to beaded rim and including the loading and unloading – the ZEISS INTACT 1360-X needs just 55 seconds. According to ZEISS, it is the fastest single machine in the world and “has been specially developed to optimize production processes in the manufacturing of new tires,” according to Rainer Huber, Product Manager NDT, ZEISS IQS. Naturally, large retreading plants will also benefit from this machine’s advantage of speed.
Initial return-on-investment calculations by ZEISS assume that the purchase of a ZEISS INTACT 1360-X for new-tire manufacturers and retreading companies can be amortized through personnel cost savings, depending on the region, within about two years, provided the machine is used 24/7. But given the current acute shortage of highly skilled staff, these cost savings are only one benefit. Many decisions-makers will also find it compelling that operating this new development takes up less space on the production floor to achieve the same output. Furthermore, the use of individual machines lowers complexity, and therefore the error rate, as well as the risk of a complete failure of the inspection solution.
The extremely fast inspection times that can be achieved with the ZEISS INTACT 1360-X are possible thanks to ZEISS’s use of an innovative sensor technology that includes ten high-resolution probes that work simultaneously. This allows the axial movements and the number of inspection cycles needed to detect errors on both the tire tread and on the side walls of the tires to be reduced. Also, the motors bring the maintenance-free cameras to the desired position faster than ever before.
All ZEISS INTACT systems are equipped with tire size recognition as a standard feature. This ensures the automatic positioning of the probes, and therefore a maximum boost in performance. The result is an inspection process that is simple, fast and secure. Operator errors, for example selecting the wrong inspection program, are simply not possible with the ZEISS INTACT 1360-X. This increases the profitability of the entire equipment increases and also allows companies to quickly instruct staff to use the machine without their needing to have expert knowledge. Due to the user-friendly software, the inspection results can be easily analyzed and utilized.
Just as easy as the machine’s operation is its ability to be integrated into existing production processes. In addition to an MES interface as a web API, the ZEISS INTACT 1360-X also comes standard with a standardized interface for external conveyor systems. As a field test at one of ZEISS’s pilot customers showed, the ZEISS INTACT 1360-X lifts “the quality assurance in tire manufacturing to a whole new level,” says Huber.
ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 7.5 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2021).
For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.
With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.
With over 35,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.
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ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is a leading manufacturer of multidimensional metrology solutions. These include coordinate measuring machines, optical and multisensor systems, microscopy systems for industrial quality assurance as well as metrology software for the automotive, aircraft, mechanical engineering, plastics and medical technology industries. Innovative technologies such as 3D X-ray metrology for quality inspection round off the portfolio. In addition, ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions offers a broad global spectrum of customer services with ZEISS Quality Excellence Centers close to its customers. The company is headquartered in Oberkochen. Production and development sites outside Germany are located in Minneapolis in the USA, Shanghai (China) and Bangalore (India). ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions is part of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.