In 2012, CNN Money wrote about China’s emerging middle class and its impact on car sales.
“Fifteen years ago, people didn’t have cars yet. But in the last seven, eight, or nine years … everyone has a car. Some people have more than one car.”
That article appeared three years ago. But as with many trends, the boom didn’t last. In fact, today automobile sales are down along with the entire Chinese economy. As a result, car makers are adjusting their business processes—and so are vendors all along the supply chain.
With that in mind, meet JinTECH, a South Korean company that makes machinery for manufacturing tires. Here’s how this global leader makes sure its products remains competitive when times get lean.
Tire manufacturing breaks down into multiple sub-processes as explained in this How It’s Made video:
In general, the process starts with a Banbury mixer and about 30 ingredients that combine to create the rubber base of the tire.
Add milling and extruding processes with textile elements, steel belts, and tread. Then assemble it all into what’s known as a “green” tire.
This moves to a curing and vulcanizing process, which compresses the parts and creates the final tire shape and tread.
For each of these steps, there’s specialized machinery. And that’s where you need JinTECH. Without the machinery, you don’t get the tire. And without the tire, you don’t get the car. Well, not one that’s very useful.
On the other hand, if you’re not buying this year, and neither is your neighbor, the consequences can ripple down quickly to the company making the tire mold.
JinTECH recently decided to insure itself against your decision to keep your old tires for a few thousand more miles—as well as the general volatility of the Asian market place—by revisiting its R&D investments.
The company reasoned that if it could cut error rates, time to market, and production costs, it could maintain a healthy business, no matter the market conditions. That drove JinTECH to upgrade its CAD software from Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire to Creo, and the results have been outstanding.
“By moving from Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 to Creo, we reduced errors by 13%, cut costs by 18%, and improved time to market,” says Jung-Won general manager of research and development and JinTECH.
With its new capabilities, JinTECH also decreased lead time for modeling fixturing by up to 10%.
We’re not surprised. Creo helps accelerate the creation of models that support rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing let engineers optimize fixture designs. They can easily evaluate the performance, detect design errors sooner, and make quick, cost-efficient adjustments to the design as needed.
Creo helps speed time to market with more than 100+ capabilities not found in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0. Fully streamlined workflows and an optimized user interface make design faster and more efficient.
Creo includes many core design enhancements including options for creating parallel and rotational blends, such as sketched sections, nonparallel sections, and changing start points. Other improvements like tapered extrude, helical sweeps and sweep commands, enhanced preview, and streamlined editing get you designing faster.
The upgrade to Creo has been has been significant as JinTECH adapts to today’s market. What about your organization? To find out more about how you can benefit from Creo, see what’s new in Creo 3.0.