Reinforced Rubber News
News about reinforced rubber products, design and production process. Do you want to be updated about the latest activities? You can also subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed by e-mail.
TANIQ has delivered a turn-key solution for automation of the design and manufacturing of high-end rubber expansion joints to SumiRiko Industry France (SRK-INF), formerly operating under the name Anvis.
SRK-INF’s high-quality DILATOFLEX® expansion joints are a preferred product in demanding applications worldwide, such as the power-, chemical- and nuclear industry. Together with SRK-INF’s R&D team TANIQ has optimized expansion joint designs and implemented the technology platform comprising Design and FEA software in combination with automated Robotic Winding processes.
Imagine that the robot operator only needs to place a mandrel, start the program, and returnswhen the product is finished. To realize this, TANIQ is now developing new systems toautomate the cutting and attaching of rubber, fiber and tape materials, such that no manual steps are required during the entire winding process. At this moment, the solution for automated cutting and attaching of rubber strips has been successfully tested and has already been supplied with the latest equipment. The solutions for cutting and attaching of reinforcement cords and wrapping tapes are on the way!
Many manufacturers are interested in using FEA to analyze and improve their products, but don’t have the required expertise in-house. TANIQ has used their expertise of rubber, reinforcement layers and FEA modelling to developed a FEA Toolbox especially for reinforced rubber products. Using FEA instead of, or before developing and testing of prototypes saves significant R&D costs. Ultimately, this creates new possibilities to improve your product performance and quality. Typical load cases for reinforced rubber products are:
- Burst pressure prediction
- Damage propagation
- Analysis of (local) stress concentrations
- Stiffness responses/ load displacement curves
TANIQ started 10 years ago with Technology to optimize cord reinforcement structures. Since then we have learned a great deal about the design and production of reinforced rubber products, from small size turbo hoses for trucks to heavy multi-layer dredge-/ mining-/ marine-/ discharge-hoses. Today, we use all our technology and experience to assist manufacturers with developing better products, and automating their design and production processes using smart software and flexible robotics. We have successfully applied our technology to Lifting-bags, Pipe-plugs, Expansion joints, various Hoses and are working on many other Applications together with our customers in different industries worldwide. The first ten years have been a great journey with many challenges and successes. Together with our customers we have been changing traditional methods.
The best way to start a new year? With a new website! The old layout became outdated, therefore this new website was designed: more accessible, more expertise and more material to enjoy.
2015 was a great year for TANIQ, and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the achievements and successes.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
In addition to our experience and expertise with KUKA® and Yaskawa Motoman® robotics, we are pleased to announce that we have added ABB® to our robot portfolio. The ABB robot is applied in TANIQ’s new robot cell for large diameter hoses up to 12 meters long and ID400 mm to 2000 mm in diameter.
Paratech (USA) has developed the MULTIFORCE Air Lifting Bag. This high capacity lift bag is developed using the TANIQ Patented Integral winding technology for multiple bellow structures. For images and videos visit the Paratech website.
In addition to the pipe-plug FEA case study a second case has been published for rubber expansion joints. The case study gives insight in the possibilities to improve your product design using FEA results. The case study and movie can be found here.
In September/October 2015 TANIQ will give demonstrations of their latest Design Software and Scorpo™ Robotics. Demonstrations are planned for the design and production of pipe-plugs, rubber expansion joints and dredging/mining hoses. Other applications can be added on request. During the demonstrations we will show the possibilities of using TANIQs technology to optimize your own products and automate your production.
TANIQ has continued their R&D efforts for development of the FEA Toolbox. The FEA model enables to simulate product performance (e.g. burst pressure, axial and lateral movements, expansion ratios, etc.)for different load cases. A unique feature of TANIQs technology is that the FEA model is consistent with the software design and the actual product, resulting in reliable simulations. Using the FEA model for product development before starting with physical prototyping can save significant time and money.
Two of TANIQ’s customers, Trelleborg and Lansas (NL), presented their new pipe-plugs last week at the IFAT trade show in Germany. TANIQ has assisted both companies with the development of their pipe-plugs. With each manufacturer having their specific know-how and design requirements, this has resulted in two unique pipe-plugs with unique selling points. The Scorpo™ Robotics production equipment they use is similar, but they both have customized design software to make designs according to their specifications. Their different pipe-plug designs clearly demonstrate the ability to design unique products, while working with the same TANIQ technology.
Contact Trelleborg and Lansas for more information on thier unique pipe-plugs.
TANIQ is developing FEA software to further optimize your product designs. It enables to calculate the stresses in products at different loading cases. You can for example: calculate burst pressure at ,maximum elongation and compression, predict shape deformations (e.g. expansion ratios) at different internal pressures, calculate end thrust forces, etc. The retrieved information can be used for optimizations of the product design or as input for the end-users and system engineers.TANIQ’s FEA module creates an output file, which can be imported into commercial available FEA packages such as Abaqus.
Trelleborg’s new pipe-plugs are made with TANIQ’s design software and Scorpo™ Robotics equipment. This has resulted in a lighter and more flexible plug, which is manufactured with high consistency. An additional advantage is also that it looks very good! To promote their new pipe-plugs Trelleborg has launched the website www.the-new-standard.com .Go to the website to order your plugs or just to watch the cool promotion video!
As you might have read in the previous newsletter we are constructing a second Scorpo unit for demonstration purposes at TANIQ. We are now testing the programs so we are ready for demonstration. This will be the latest line of equipment (full automation of all material application processes + automatic tool changes). Demonstrations for manufacturers will take place in June and July. You can contact us to reserve your demonstration.
TANIQ has added two animation videos of the rubber winding process and tape wrapping process on the website.
TANIQ's latest developments were picked up by Louise McHenry from European Rubber Journal and Bruce Meyer from Rubber & Plastic News. In their articles they write about TANIQ's supply of a complete production solution including robotic production equipment and design software. Furthermore, attention is paid to the new Scorpo Robotics set-up at TANIQ for giving production demonstrations to customers. For more information you can read the RPN article here.
TANIQ is investing in a second robotic production unit for customer prototypings and demonstrations. In addition to the existing prototyping set-up the latest version of Scorpo Robotics will be added. This will have the exact specification as one of the production lines that TANIQ offers. This investment is a first step towards meeting the increased demand. The benefits for our customers are that they can see live verification of the process and production times before they purchase their production unit. In addition to this, this step enables us to provide our customers with shorter delivery times. The set-up will be operational in the beginning of June. You are very welcome for a demonstration.
TANIQ introduces a turnkey solution for design and production of pipe-plugs, based on design software and robotic production equipment. The website www.pipeplugtechnology.com provides all information about TANIQ’s turnkey solution. It comprises a new pipe-plug reinforcement technology, design software and robotic winding of fiber, rubber and wrapping tape layers.
TANIQ provides two case studies for a 12 meter long and 24” diameter hose made with either aramid or polyester reinforcement. The case studies provide information on the material consumptions and production times.
TANIQ has developed Scorpo Robotics to make large bore hoses up to 12 meters in length, and 2.5 meters in diameter. Parallel to this machine development TANIQ has developed and successfully tested the first scaled prototypes on a smaller set-up. To further optimize the reinforcement construction TANIQ is working on a mathematical model to optimize multi-layer reinforcement structures. The accurate robotic reinforcement winding enables to apply different winding angles per reinforcement layer, which enables to activate the layers more efficiently.
TANIQ has optimized their technology for design and production of expansion joints with full faced rubber flanges. At the FSA meeting TANIQ will show how the material layers, including rubber flange construction, are applied by the robot. And how new designs can be made fast and efficiently with the design software. The Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) meeting will be held at April 18th in Miami, US.
The 20 minutes-of-fame of the perfect garden hose on QVC (TellSell) were a great success! More than a thousand hoses were sold in these 20 minutes.
Due to many requests of manufacturers to see how TANIQ's software and robotic equipment works, we have decided to showcase our processes in a series of demonstrations. Begin 2012 TANIQ will give monthly demonstrations on how our technology can be used in the design and production process for a range of reinforced rubber products. Contact us if you are interested to join one of these demonstrations.
To keep the lead in the manufacturing of high performance rubber goods Trelleborg is always on the lookout for value adding technology. A few years ago TANIQ was approached by Trelleborg, after which a couple of successful product developments followed. During this period TANIQ has customized their technology for Trelleborg's design and production processes. By using these dedicated solutions Trelleborg can create new product designs and production processes that could not be realized before. Recently, Trelleborg invested in software and robotic equipment from TANIQ for their new manufacturing process. Read more about this in the European Rubber Journal article: Trelleborg invests in TANIQ technology
Since begin 2011 TANIQ has started with the development of software and equipment for various applications. Besides the smart reinforcement technology it involves the high speed and accurate placement of all materials using robotic equipment. This makes it possible to assist product manufacturers with (re)designing their product and production process using TANIQ's technology. Working with a leading manufacturer as Trelleborg enables TANIQ to perform on the highest level. Contact us to discuss the possibilities for your products.
TUFF GUARD, the perfect water hose designed by TANIQ for JGB Enterprises is now available on the US market. The TUFF GUARD has a unique design which makes the hose crush free and kink free! In 2009 Jay Bernhardt, owner of JGB Enterprises, leading supplier of hoses and hose assemblies for commercial and military applications throughout the world, approached TANIQ to design a perfect water hose. Together with JGB, TANIQ developed a unique hose design which is truly crush and kink free. The hose design was finalized in cooperation with a US hose manufacturer, who now is manufacturing the hose in the US using a patented production process.
Since this month the TUFF GUARD can already be bought through various stores, web shops and wholesalers. In 2012, the hose will be available in 'big box' stores like Home Depot and Wal Mart. Request your quote on www.jgbhose.com. Interested in becoming a distribution partner for Europe? Contact us today.
In the coming years TANIQ will release design software and robotic equipment for the automated production of a number of applications. The design software enables to make new and custom designs in 15 minutes. The robotic equipment enables to apply all material (and nylon pressure tape) layers on the product mandrel fast and accurately. In the first tests labor cost reductions up to 70% have been obtained.
The first release, for rubber expansion joints with full faced rubber flanges (FRF) is expected in May 2011. TANIQ is also working on the release of other applications such as other types of expansion joints, pipe-plugs, air-springs, elbows and more.
Besides the automatic application of the reinforcement structure using Scorpo™ robotics, TANIQ has also developed automated rubber strip winding using Scorpo. Now you can use your Scorpo set-up to apply all rubber and fiber layers automatically. Including the winding of nylon pressure plies for your vulcanisation process. This way you can reduce the material costs of your product and produce it at high speeds with a constant quality. A few example movies of Scorpo rubber winding show how even complex bellowed shapes can be wound accurately with constant tension at high speeds.
On Wednesday October 13 at 3:00 PM TANIQ's managing director Siebe Nooij will present the latest developments on Scorpo™ , an automated production process for reinforced rubber products. The 178th Technical Meeting is being held during the Rubber Expo 2010, October 12-14, 2010, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
TANIQ has started an R&D project for a new manufacturing concept for turbo charger hoses, together with her partners Momentive Performance Materials, Teijin Aramid and Delft University of Technology. In the next three years research will be done into optimizing the performance of the hose and developing an efficient automated production solution. TANIQ's focus will be on optimizing the reinforcement structure and on developing methods to accurately apply these cords in a high volume production process. The project has been granted with the EUREKA label by the European Union and is part of the program for High Tech Automotive Systems in The Netherlands. The project also received funding from the Dutch government. Read more about the project in the press release.
The 5th Teijin Aramid European Conference was a success with many visitors and interesting speakers from the reinforced rubber products industry. Siebe Nooij, managing director of TANIQ, gave a technical presentation on fibre reinforcement of rubber products. The focus of the presentation was on how an improvement of the reinforcement structure can improve your product performance or reduce your material costs. The second topic was on how industrial robots can be used to manufacture reinforced rubber products of high quality in an automated fashion. Besides a technical presentation, TANIQ made a series of aramid reinforced Champagne bottles for Teijin, which were presented to the speakers at the Conference.
TANIQ has moved to their new office in the Rotterdam Noordwest business area. The new building provides more office and prototyping space and is located near to Rotterdam Airport. The new facilities allow TANIQ to expand its research and prototyping activities. With the facilities in Rotterdam TANIQ is able to produce products and prototypes up to 4 meters in length with diameters up to 1.5 meters. Furthermore, the new production area also allows to do small batch production and inhouse development of robotic production equipment.
TANIQ develops and supplies Scorpo™ Reinforcement Robotics, robotic equipment for the reinforcement of rubber products. Each Scorpo set-up will be customized to fit the specific needs of our customers. The set-up in the picture has been developed for and supplied to a US manufacturer of reinforced rubber bellowed products. A special feature is the foot pedal which allows the manufacturer to use the mandrel rotator for applying rubber layers. For this project TANIQ worked together with machine builder VDL and robot supplier Motoman.
TANIQ develops and supplies different winding robots customized for your products. The winding robot is developed for automated placement of fibre reinforcement structures and can also be used to lay up rubber sheets. The advantages are that these robots provide good possibilities for customized solutions and the robots can also be used for other tasks in the production process. For the robotic equipment TANIQ works together with a renowned robot system integrator, VDL Steelweld. In TANIQ's overview for winding robots you can find out if you can improve your production process by using a winding robot.
TANIQ is awarded with the Innovations Prize 2009 by the German Network of Automotive Excellence. TANIQ presented their "Breakthrough technology for charge air hoses" to the European automotive industry at the Automobil Gipfel in Wurzburger, Germany. One of TANIQ's goals is to improve the flexibility of charge air hoses at higher pressures to enable more compact engine designs and more efficient turbo systems.
TANIQ exhibited at the IRC 2009 and presented some of their latest developments. Especially TANIQ's production set-up and applying TANIQ reinforcement on injection molded hoses were positively received by the market.
TANIQ makes part of the 25 most brilliant high-tech start-ups in the Netherlands, according to FEM Business. According to FEM and their expert panel consisting of investees, advisors and professors, these companies have the most potential to become worldwide leaders in their segment.
TANIQ will present their latest technology at the International Rubber Conference in Nuremberg, Germany on June 29 - July 2. You can visit TANIQ at booth 12-345 or visit us at the Poster Discussion Sessions in the Conference area to see our latest developments and discuss your ideas with us.
TANIQ has developed a spiralling set-up for her customers which requires low investment costs and is suitable to apply spiralling for your R&D activities, prototyping and small batch production. We already booked promising prototyping results for straight hoses and more complex shapes such as air springs, expansion joints and pipe-plugs.
For a mountain bike suspension system a new TANIQ air spring prototype has been developed which gives active linear behaviour in the top-out region, less stiction and controlled impact absorption.
The new customer testimonials section on the website gives insight in the motivations of our customers to start developing products using the Corpo™ technology and how they appreciate the cooperation with TANIQ during these projects.
The Rubber Mini Expo in Louisville was a great success! During the Expo, Siebe Nooij presented two papers about optimal fibre reinforcement at the Conference. The combination with the Expo was a great opportunity to let the visitors see, and actually feel, the technology in various prototypes. We had a great time in Louisville and went home with new and interesting leads. We look forward to meet you at the next event!
For communication of the latest developments TANIQ has brought out a new brochure. Together with the brochure we have updated the website and added a video message which shows you how stuff works in only 1 minute.
Listen TANIQ speak at the Hose Manufacturers' Conference 2008 (19-20 August 2008, Cleveland, Ohio, USA) or visit TANIQ's booth at the Rubber Mini Expo (14-16 October 2008, Louisville, Kentucky, USA). Come and discuss with us to find out what we can do for your fibre reinforcements.
TANIQ has raised the interest of the international rubber industry. To further satisfy this interest TANIQ will speak at the following conferences: Silicone Elastomers 2008 (12-13 March 2008, Munich, Germany), International Silicone Conference (8-9 April 2008, Chicago, Illinois), Linking the industry (4th European Conference on the Use of Aramid as Elastomer Reinforcement, 26-28 May 2008, Scheveningen, the Netherlands).
TANIQ's annual party was a big success. TANIQ's people impressed their friends and family with fancy fibre winding demonstrations.
TANIQ now also develops for customers based in the USA. Our frequent visits to the USA enable us to visit your company.
TANIQ's new prototyping facility is operational. This facility has fibre winding equipment, mills, curing equipment, presses and more.
TANIQ starts developing a new Corpo™ product for a customer in the automotive hose industry.
TANIQ starts developing a new Corpo™ product for a customer in the dredging industry.
TANIQ wins the first prize in the internationally renowned New Venture business plan competition.