Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2002) — Bridgestone/Firestone has added a rolling tire simulator — a piece of test equipment that allows replication of field testing in the laboratory — at its tire/vehicle performance laboratory in Akron.
The rolling simulator, designed and built by MTS Systems Corp., provides “unprecedented accuracy and repeatability” of arbitrary loading conditions, Bridgestone/Firestone said in a prepared statement. It also allows technicians to replicate test conditions derived from vehicle loadings in the field.
The simulator's flexibility and performance are achieved by computerized machine controls and data acquisition systems, BFS said. The companies did not disclose the value of system.
“The ever increasing demands on tire performance in wide areas ranging from wear, wet and dry traction to noise, ride and handling and fuel efficiency require tire manufacturers to employ new and ever more sophisticated tire testing technologies,” said Dan Saurer, division vice president of Bridgestone/Firestone Technology Company, an operating unit of North American Tire L.L.C.
Eden Prairie, Minn.-based MTS earlier this year delivered a high-speed flat bed test system to Bridgestone Corp. for its Tokyo technical center. That piece of equipment, the Flat-Trac LTR, is nearly twice as large and operates at higher loads, torques and speeds than any previous Flat-Trac design, the companies said.