Exterior of an Examation system unit
Examation, a new tyre manufacturing system from Bridgestone Corporation that combines technologies from the company’s BIRD production system with artificial intelligence, will be introduced into Bridgestone’s Tatabánya car tyre factory in Hungary this year. Following the system’s set-up in Hungary, Bridgestone will then introduce Examation in its new plant in Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia, which is expected to commence production in the final quarter of 2016.
The 660,000 square metre Bridgestone Tatabánya TermelöKft facility is receiving Examation as part of a long-planned programme to treble production capacity; daily capacity will increase by approximately 12,000 tyres a day to daily total of around 18,000 tyres in the first half of 2017. It will be the second Bridgestone factory to adopt the technology; the first was the group’s flagship Hikone plant in Japan, which began using the system earlier this year.