As illustrated below, a tire is made up of several different components. The bead is a loop of high-strength steel cable coated with rubber. It gives the tire the strength it needs to stay seated on the wheel rim and to handle the forces applied by tire mounting machines when the tires are installed on rims.
Tires are no longer just rubber and air. Instead, they're made up of several layers of materials, each playing its own role in how the tire functions. Keep reading and we'll explain each step in the process of how tires are made.
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OTR is providing this video to show how tires are made. OTR has built an excellent reputation for specially designed tires for use in the aerial lift and construction tire industry. These lines of tires feature improved compounding, longer wear, greater side wall protection, greater stability and heavily reinforced tire beads.
How is a tire made? The tire is the only part of the car that touches the road. Tires must strike a balance between traction, comfort, durability, energy efficiency and overall cost. As a result of these competing needs, tires are more complex to design and build than you might think. Take, for instance, a smart phone.
After the green tire is made, it is put in a mold for curing. Shaped like a clam, the mold contains a large, flexible balloon. The tire is placed over the balloon (bladder), and the mold closes. Next, steam is pumped into the balloon, expanding it to shape the tire against the sides of the mold.
How A Tire Is Made. Modern tire technology blends a unique mix of chemistry, physics and engineering to give consumers a high degree of comfort, performance, efficiency, reliability and safety. Many tires are custom-designed to meet the stresses and performance needs specified by the maker of a particular model vehicle.
The way a tire is made dictates how it will excel, and what will be compromised, if only slightly. Tire manufacturers use a spider diagram to diagnose areas of importance when constructing a new tire, like the one below. As you can see, you can't have it all -- though tire companies are proving more and more that you can get pretty close.