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Development of a low cost non- destructive inspection equipment to improve the assessment of tyre casing integrity

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 30274

  • Start date

    1 March 2007

  • End date

    31 May 2010

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 256 917

  • EU contribution

    € 1 838 957

Coordinated by:

FELTALALOI ES KUTATO KOZPONT SZOLGALTATO KFT

Hungary

Objective

Over 1000 EU SMEs are involved in tyre retreading and supply to this industry. Retreading is the process of recycling a used tyre via removal of the worn tread and addition of new tread. During the process each used tyre must be inspected to determine whether it is fit for retread or should be scrapped due to irreparable damage.
The inspection process begins with a visual inspection and is generally complemented by further inspection using non-destructive test equipment. Currently available commercial equipment, such as x-ray, shearography and ultrasound, is too costly for SMEs, bulky, time consuming and in many cases proprietary- developed by the major manufacturers for their exclusive use.
EU tyre legislation means that dependency on the experience of qualified operators is no longer sufficient in assuring tyre quality thus leaving retreading SMEs in a critical situation. A real need has been manifested by Retread Associations for a fast, easy to use, low cost casing inspection machine to enable their SME retreaders to secure retread quality and avoid wasting resources on unsuitable casings.
This project will develop a tyre casing inspection machine (tyretest) to complement the manual inspection of used truck casings in order to reduce operating costs, consistently deliver product quality and safety, as well as promote the recycling and reuse of tyres. The use of pulse-echo ultrasound will represent a real innovation and Tyretest will perform non-destructive inspection of the tyre sidewalls, shoulders and crown area in a total test time of 1.5 minutes.
The inspection is designed to identify any internal tyre defects which could render the retreaded tyre unfit for use. Introducing a low cost and easy to operate inspection technique would enable SMEs to become more competitive through better selection of used tyres for retreading, which would increase the quality of the end product, which would in turn increase the acceptance of retreaded tyres.

Coordinator

FELTALALOI ES KUTATO KOZPONT SZOLGALTATO KFT

Address

Tetenyi 93
Budapest

Hungary

Participants (18)

BUREAU INTERNATIONAL PERMANENT DES ASSOCIATIONS DE VENDEURS ET RECHAPEURS DE PNEUMATIQUES

Netherlands

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NEUMATICOS RECICLADOS

Spain

MAGYAR GUMIIPARI SZOVETSEG

Hungary

VERMON SA

France

ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DESIGN LTD

Malta

I+ S.R.L.

Italy

TECHNIC SYSTEMS (N.I.) LIMITED

United Kingdom

N.TIMENES & SON AS

Norway

AS SEPA REHV

Estonia

CARLING, SPOL. S.R.O.

Czechia

MEP-90 KULKERESKEDELMI ES SZOLGALTATO KFT

Hungary

RENOVADOS MK S.L.

Spain

RECAUCHUTADOS MURALLA, S.A.

Spain

J. ROLDAO SEICA & TAVARES, S.A.

Portugal

TUN ABDUL RAZAK RESEARCH CENTRE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

CENTRE DE RECERCA I INVESTIGACIO DE CATALUNYA S.A.

Spain

MALTA IDUSTRIAL INNOVATION FOR SMES LTD.

Malta

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 30274

  • Start date

    1 March 2007

  • End date

    31 May 2010

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 256 917

  • EU contribution

    € 1 838 957

Coordinated by:

FELTALALOI ES KUTATO KOZPONT SZOLGALTATO KFT

Hungary