Cooper Tire technology team meets with NASA scientists

Members of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s technology team received free technical insights and suggestions from NASA scientists and engineers on Thursday at the University of Toledo.
A second Cooper team will soon travel to NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland for a similar consultation.
The consultations are being given to manufacturing companies that applied to receive up to eight hours of insight into technical challenges and opportunities they face.
Cooper Tire qualified to receive assistance with two projects: one focusing on development of a coating for tire molds, and the other on radio-frequency identification technology, which is a wireless use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects.
“NASA has some of the best minds in the world who have developed all types of innovations, not only those related to the exploration of space,” said Chuck Yurkovich, vice president of global research and development for Cooper Tire.
“Cooper is pleased to have been selected to tap into the brainpower, research capabilities and resources of NASA as we continue to improve our operations and products.”
Companies that applied for the consulting time submitted detailed statements of the needs to be addressed with their projects and also estimated an economic impact.

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