Use of Vulcanization Monitoring Systems in the Rubber Industry

Use of Vulcanization Monitoring Systems in the Rubber Industry

Laura Davis, Manufacturing Technology Insights | Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Smart manufacturing provides process traceability, a safe work environment, production insight, optimized performance, improved product quality, and on-time delivery.

FREMONT, CA: Industry 4.0 still is witnessing its widest acceptance. Quickly, though, several aspects of the smart factory are starting to take shape and be deployed elsewhere worldwide. One need look no nearer than what makers of rubber and tire-related machinery are beginning to do. And it wasn't that long ago that automation was something that those in the rubber industry battled to make a viable option in the sector. IIoT plays a vital role in offering the desired solution to the industries that bring together running silos systems online and gather the parameters of interest from the vulcanization machines. Read on to know more.

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The emergence of real-time Vulcanization Monitoring Systems in the tire manufacturing and rubber industries is an important step during the production as it 

becomes essential and challenging to monitor and log real-time vital curing parameters for analysis and enhancing the quality, performance by which overall product becomes stronger, flexible, and resistant to heat and other environmental conditions. Some of the benefits of Vulcanization Monitoring Systems include monitoring of the real-time curing parameters, which further helps to enhance the curing process, offering complete Process Traceability and Transparency, tracking of consumables, and direct and indirect material availability, improving the curing process desired Control over the interest parameter like heating temperature and pressure can be gained, and determining the mechanical properties of the tire after post-curing.

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The VMS system can seamlessly be configured with multiple sensors like temperature, pressure and integrate with PLCs or IoT gateway tools so that the captured data from these sensing sources can be posted to the cloud platform by utilizing standard industrial protocols. The production monitoring dashboard uses to monitor the real-time parameters of interest gathered from several sensors connected to the vulcanizer machine. These parameters are captured from different connected vulcanizer machines and displayed on to the PVMS system for visualization and analysis purposes.

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