RAVENNA, Ohio (Jan. 19, 2017) — Smithers Rapra has upgraded the treadwear testing capabilities at its Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna for expanding its ability to provide accurate and cost-effective indoor testing for passenger, light truck and commercial tires.
The upgrade encompasses new equipment and software that can run a variety of drive profiles while supporting benchmarking and development requirements, the company said, without disclosing its investment in the improvements.
"Our goal at Smithers is to provide our clients with the most expansive set of testing capabilities, while maintaining the most accurate results available in the marketplace," James Popio, vice president - North America, Smithers Rapra, said in a news release.
"As tread development continues to grow in importance, the market has been interested in finding more controlled and efficient ways of testing treadwear characteristics. We're excited to be one of the only third-party labs to provide this valuable service to tire companies and material suppliers moving forward."