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1. WO2014163611 - IMPROVED METHODS OF TIRE RETREADING WITH ABUTTING TREAD COMPONENTS

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A method of forming a retreaded tire comprising the steps of:

providing an annular tire carcass configured for receiving a tread;

providing a plurality of tread components each comprising an independent structure; assembling the plurality of tread components to form an assembled tire tread, the tire tread having a thickness extending between a top side configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation and a bottom side configured for attachment to an annular tire carcass configured for receiving the tire tread; and,

bonding the tread to the tire carcass to form a retreaded tire, the tire tread being arranged along an outer circumference of the annular tire carcass with a bonding layer between the tire tread and the tire carcass, the bonding layer comprising an uncured elastomeric material being cured during the step of bonding;

where the step of assembling a tire tread includes concurrently arranging the plurality of tread components around the outer circumference of the tire carcass to form a tire tread.

2. The method of claim 1, where the plurality of tread components comprise two or more different tread components.

3. The method of claim 2, where the step of providing includes molding a quantity of the plurality of tread components comprising two or more different tread components in a single mold.

4. The method of claim 3, where the step of providing includes separating the plurality of the tread components subsequent to molding the plurality of tread components.

5. The method of claim 1, where step of providing a plurality of tread components comprises providing a plurality of tread components comprising one or more of a full length tread component configured to extend continuously around a circumference of the tire carcass between opposing terminal ends of the full length tread component and/or a partial length tread component configured to extend partially around a circumference of the tire carcass.

6. The method of claim 1, where the step of providing a plurality of tread components includes selecting the plurality of tread components from an inventory of tread components comprising a plurality of different types of tread components having different designs.

7. The method of claim 1, where in the step of assembling a tire tread, at least a portion of the plurality of tread components are arranged side-by-side in an abutting arrangement.

8. The method of claim 7, where the adjacent, abutting arrangement comprises a mating arrangement, where non-planar transverse sides of adjacent tread components overlap.

9. The method of claim 7, where in the step of assembling a tire tread, where the side- by-side abutting arrangement comprises a bonded engagement.

10. The method of claim 1, where in the step of assembling a tire tread, the plurality of tread components comprise a first plurality of tread components of a first design, where a portion of the first plurality of tread components are arranged atop the bonding layer in an upright arrangement and where another portion of the first plurality of tread components are arranged atop the bonding layer in an inverted arrangement.

11. The method of claim 1, where the plurality of tread components includes one or more full length tread components each configured to extend continuously between opposing terminal ends around a circumference of the tire carcass, and where subsequent to molding and separating the plurality of tread components, the step of providing includes winding the one or more ribs to form a winding for storage and subsequent unwinding for assembly of a tread.

12. The method of claim 4, where subsequent to molding and separating the plurality of tread components, the step of providing includes winding the one or more of the plurality of tread components to form a winding for storage and subsequent unwinding for assembly of a tread.

13. The method of claim 12, where the winding is formed at a tread molding manufacturing facility and is subsequently sent to a tire retreading facility for use in assembling the tire tread on a tire carcass.

14. The method of claim 13, where the step of providing a plurality of tread components includes selecting a winding of tread components from a plurality of windings of tread components including windings of different tread components of different design.

15. The method of claim 3, where the quantity of the plurality of tread components includes a first plurality of tread components of a first design configured to be arranged in an upright arrangement or an inverted arrangement when assembled in a tread.

16. The method of claim 15, where the first plurality of tread components each include a void extending into a thickness of the tread from a first side, the first side configured to form a portion of the tread top side and the void configured to form a top side groove when each tread component is arranged in the upright arrangement, the first side also configured to form a portion of the tread bottom side and the void configured to form a bottom side groove when each tread component is arranged in the inverted arrangement.

17. The method of claim 1, where in the step of assembling a tire tread from the plurality of tread components, a bottom side venting void is arranged in fluid communication with a bottom side of a first tread component of the plurality of tread components, the bottom side forming a portion of the tread bottom side and the bottom side venting void extending to a lateral side of the first tread component in fluid communication with the tread top side.

18. The method of claim 17, where the bottom side venting void is in fluid communication with a top side venting void extending into the tread thickness from the tread top side.

19. The method of claim 18, where the top side venting void extends between the first tread component and a second tread component of the plurality of tread components arranged adjacent the lateral side of the first tread component.

20. The method of claim 17, where the bottom side venting void is in fluid communication with a bottom side void forming a recessed groove.

21. A tire tread, the tread comprising:

a plurality of tread components each comprising an independent structure, the plurality of tread components arranged to form an assembled tire tread, the tire tread having a thickness extending between a top side configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation and a bottom side configured for attachment to an annular tire carcass configured for receiving the tire tread, where at least a portion of the plurality of tread components are arranged side-by-side in an abutting arrangement.