Goodyear opens new conveyor belt technical center in the U.S.

by Teresa Acklin
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   MARYSVILLE, OHIO, U.S. — Goodyear Engineered Products, the conveyor belt manufacturing division of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., recently opened a U.S.$4-million technical center at its headquarters in Marysville.

   The new 10,000-square-foot technical center represents a “significant commitment” to the U.S.$2-billion conveyor belt industry, said Joe Gingo, Goodyear vice-president.

   The cornerstone of the technical center is a splice-fatigue test machine — the industry's largest, according to Goodyear. The splice-tester simulates actual field conditions, which will help Goodyear develop higher tension steel-cable and fabric belts and stronger splices for future market requirements, said Dave Maguire, Goodyear's worldwide technical manager.

   The technical center also is equipped with an impact tester to develop abuse-resistant compounds, a dynamic modulus tester to measure belt elongation, a cone calorimeter and gallery tester to develop fire-resistant belts, dynamic adhesion equipment to measure belt and splice adhesion and a load support dynamic tester to measure maximum belt loads.

   The technical center will support Goodyear's customer service worldwide and plant manufacturing in Marysville and Spring Hope, North Carolina, in the U.S.; Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada; Uitenhage, South Africa; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and Bayswater, Australia.

   Goodyear Engineered Products had more than U.S.$1.3 billion in sales in 1998.

   Goodyear's splice-fatigue test machine at its new technical center in Marysville, Ohio, U.S., subjects conveyor belts to simulated field conditions to help develop stronger higher tension products.