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KAMA TYRES and Siemens have signed an agreement to continue cooperation

KAMA TYRES and Siemens have signed an agreement to continue cooperation

Nizhnekamsk, September 18 - Neftegaz.RU. Siemens and Truck Tyre Factory of Nizhnekamsk (part of the TATNEFT’s KAMA TYRES Tyre Manufacturing Business Group) have signed an agreement to expand the logistics system implemented earlier at the tyre manufacturing enterprises.

Continuation of cooperation between Siemens and Tatarstan tyre manufacturers is the part of the overall strategy for the modernization and development of the TATNEFT's tyre production. Within the framework of the new agreement, a methodology for automating the production logistics will be developed, the production management system of the MES level (Manufacturing Execution System), which plays the role of an information bridge between the production (APCS) and the management (ERP) levels, will be expanded.

A major investment project is being implemented to expand the production of solid steel cord tyres at the Nizhnekamsk Truck Tyre Factory. The 1st stage of the project was completed in 2019, which made it possible to increase the production of tyres by 300 000 pieces at the earlier available capacities. Currently, the 2nd stage of the project is being implemented, which completion will allow increasing the production of the highly profitable solid-steel cord tyres up to 2.8 million units per year. In that context, it was decided to expand the logistics system.

The work under the agreement will be carried out by the Russian division of Siemens together with the parent company, which will take over the equipment supply, engineering and general management of the processes. Siemens-Russia will provide for the performance of installation supervision, commissioning and consulting services.

The logistic system of the KAMA TYRES Truck Tyre Factory includes a WMS warehouse management system, a transport system, S7-1500 controllers, visualization systems, motors, frequency converters, distributed peripherals, networking equipment, a painting robot machine, autonomous robotic transport for moving semi-finished products, automated warehouse complex facilities of raw tyres and finished products, as well as an electric suspension road. 

The main task of the project is to ensure the timely delivery and storage of raw and finished tyres, taking into account the increase in the production capacity at the factory. The transfer of green and vulcanized tyres to each subsequent stage of production will be carried out using mobile robots, as well as a linear movement gantry-type robot with a conveyor system for transporting pallets with finished products. 

In combination with the application of multi-stage storage technology with stacker cranes and robots for loading uncured tyres, this will eliminate the operator participation in the process and improve the quality of products, since gantry manipulators provide for a high level of accuracy in performing the operations.

Tsalik Portnoy, Executive Director of Nizhnekamsk Truck Tyre Factory: “Our cooperation with Siemens on the implementation of the logistics systems began back in 2007 with the design and implementation of the solid steel cord tyres production with a capacity of 1.2 million pieces per year. A new production facility for the tyre manufacturing business was successfully commissioned in 2009. Our factory has produced more than 8.5 million solid-steel cord tyres since that time, and the available product range has grown from 15 to 105 models. Based on the positive long-term experience of operating the logistics system implemented by Siemens, it was decided to continue the cooperation in expanding the production of the solid-steel cord tyres".

Zhanna Shalygina, Director of the Siemens Digital Manufacturing Department in Russia: “We are very pleased to continue our cooperation with the KAMA TYRES, TATNEFT Group’s Tyre Business, which is one of the leaders in the tyre manufacturing industry in Russia. It is significant for us that the company has chosen Siemens for the implementation of the project new stage resulting from the high assessment of our efforts during the first stage".

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