Reprieve for motorists as new tire repair machine developed
Motorists can now repair badly punctured tubeless tires with guaranteed durability and high quality finish that they would have otherwise discarded. The Automatic Tire Vulcanizing Machine, a refined innovation borrows from a combination of market tire-repair technologies, as well as industrial and home-customized solutions.
The Tire Vulcanizing technology is largely a remote-controlled machine that repairs tire cuts depending on variables including tire kind, quality and thickness. The Vulcanizing machine subsequently gives heating and curing timeframes that includes injection of the coolant agent. According to the developer Mr. Elijah Mugo, a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at Technical University of Kenya, the machine repairs up to four inch tire cuts in a process that takes between five to 35 minutes.
“This innovative solution is aimed at giving a solution to motorists guaranteeing a drop in costs, durability and efficiency,” said Mugo adding that the tire repair process is remotely controlled. From a home-made tire repair solution that is manually controlled using screw jack for the grip and paraffin stove to heat the working surface, Vulcanizing Machine improves on the solutions giving a customized hydraulic mode that gives uniform compact pressure applied on both working surface ends.
“This is an electricity-powered machine that has two heating surfaces thus an increased rate of heat transfer. The machine has a built in buzzer that detects amount of heat and sends out an alarm once heating and curing process in complete,” Mugo adds.“The tire is hydraulically mounted on to the working surface, of course with a raw patch on the puncture area, operator sets the heating time duration and waits for an alarm to call once the patch is treated,” Mugo explains.
Mr Mugo notes that an injection of ionized water during treating process and uniform hydraulic compression ensures a durable repair. “Without cooling the surface and applying controlled pressure leaves the repair with a bulge that would not last before tearing,” He note.Mugo said he developed the idea after vehicle he was driving in his Subukia hometown got a large tire cut where he sought a local service from a local tire repair shop that uses a stove, screw jack and a rim as a working surface. “The process took me close to an hour, with poor finish and a bulge, from my engineering knowledge, I thought I can give a solution targeting motorists who live upcountry and travel across rough terrains, and of course to ensure durability, efficiency and cost cutting,” Mugo adds.
Mugo is now working on a formula to customize repair patch with brands.He is already in talks with tire manufactures and corporates to support his bid in growing the new technology.