TRM has been linked to the Marangoni Group for a number of years now, but this year the Italian machinery manufacturer was present at Autopromotec on the same stand as its parent in order to emphasise the integration between the two companies. Giovanni de Bei, appointed Sales Director of TRM in February, was on hand to present the company’s latest innovations, the most important of which was an innovative new automatic buffer, the Eagle T 2020.
Those who are accustomed to TRM machines know that Eagle is historically the name of the range of buffing machines developed by the company. However, the nomenclature T 2020 has multiple meanings. “T”, of course, stands for truck, but the number 2020 refers not only to the future, but also to the number two, which often appears in the key elements of the new machine. There are two independent chucks, which are applied to the same turret, along with two operational zones, two belt detection systems and measurement of the circumference, always with two autonomous safety zones.
The two chucks are approached by an automatic articulated arm for buffing. The machine, which is also fitted with a manual arm for finishing operations, allows for one operator to carry out operations that are usually carried out by two operators. As always for the Italian company, the Eagle T 2020 features countless buffing programmes, which can be easily managed through a practical and intuitive user interface.
Eagle T 2020 is also available with the option of a DBD (Dynamic Belt Detector) system, which detects the presence of belts in the entire tread area and across its width. The DBD system is particularly suitable for maximising the use of casings, including those that are less known to the retreading industry, such as those that have either recently been launched on the market or are made by not so widely known brands.
“The key to the new Eagle T 2020 is simplicity and high productivity,” explained Giovanni de Bei. “Aimed at medium to large retreaders who are looking towards the future, our new machine helps retreaders to significantly reduce labour costs and increase productivity. For example, on a 315/80 tyre, the Eagle T 2020 can handle 20-30 tyres per hour depending on how much work needs to be done on the sidewalls.”