METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSPECTING TIRES

  • US 3,843,888 A
  • Filed: 05/19/1972
  • Issued: 10/22/1974
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/19/1972
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A tire inspection system comprising:

  • a. first and second tire engaging assemblies disposed at opposite sides of a tire and engageable with tire bead rims, respectively;

    b. means for rotating a tire engaged by said assemblies about its centerline;

    c. radiation source means defining a location from which penetrative radiation is emitted for penetrating a tire wall;

    d. source support means for supporting said radiation source means between said first and second tire engaging assemblies and constraining said source against movement transverse to the direction of extent of the tire centerline;

    e. first actuator means for enabling relative movement of said tire engaging assemblies away from each other to enable spreading of the tire bead rims axially apart;

    f. second actuator means for shifting a supported tire in a direction transverse to the tire centerline to an inspection position wherein said location is disposed within or adjacent a circumferential section of a torus defined by said tire; and

    , g. radiation detection means for producing inspection information concerning the tire disposed exteriorly of said circumferential section of the tire torus.

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