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1. (WO2018125193) FIXTURE FOR SPOKE TO SHEAR BAND ATTACHMENT FOR A NON-PNEUMATIC TIRE
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. An apparatus for assembling a non-pneumatic tire, comprising:

a base;

a plurality of elements that move relative to the base, wherein the elements have a central axis, wherein the elements are disposed in a circumferential direction around the central axis, wherein the central axis extends in a longitudinal direction;

a radial movement member that moves in a radial direction;

a hub;

a shear band;

a plurality of spokes that are attached to the hub, wherein the radial movement member moves outward in the radial direction and urges the elements to move relative to the base such that the elements urge the spokes to move outward in the radial direction, wherein adhesive engages the spokes and the shear band at an attachment location of the spokes and the shear band.

2. The apparatus as set forth in claim 1 , wherein the radial movement member is offset from the spokes in the longitudinal direction such that the radial movement member and the spokes do not share any of the same locations in the longitudinal direction.

3. The apparatus as set forth in claims 1 or 2, wherein the radial movement member has a first pneumatic bladder and a second pneumatic bladder, wherein the spokes are located between the first pneumatic bladder and the second pneumatic bladder in the longitudinal direction when the elements urge the spokes outward in the radial direction, wherein the first pneumatic bladder is spaced from the second pneumatic bladder in the longitudinal direction and is free from engagement with the second pneumatic bladder.

4. The apparatus as set forth in any one of claims 1-3, wherein from 64 to 80 spokes are present, and wherein from 64 to 80 elements are present.

5. The apparatus as set forth in any one of claims 1-4, wherein the elements are located relative to the spokes in the radial direction such that the spokes are located both radially inward and radially outward of the elements when the elements urge the spokes outward in the radial direction.

6. The apparatus as set forth in any one of claims 1-5, wherein the base has an upper base section and a lower base section that are spaced from one another in the longitudinal direction, wherein the spokes are between the upper base section and the lower base section in the longitudinal direction and are free from engagement with the upper base section and the lower base section, wherein the elements engage both the upper base section and the lower base section.

7. The apparatus as set forth in claim 6, wherein the elements comprising a first element that has a first projection and a second projection located at a first end of the first element, wherein the first element has a third projection and a fourth projection located at a second end of the first element; wherein the upper base section has a plurality of upper slots that extend in the radial direction, wherein the upper slots comprising a first upper slot and a second upper slot, wherein the first projection is disposed in the first upper slot and wherein the second projection is disposed in the second upper slot, wherein the first upper slot is located adjacent the second upper slot in the circumferential direction;

wherein the lower base section has a plurality of lower slots that extend in the radial direction, wherein the lower slots comprising a first lower slot and a second lower slot, wherein the third projection is disposed in the first lower slot and wherein the fourth projection is disposed in the second lower slot, wherein the first lower slot is located adjacent the second lower slot in the circumferential direction;

wherein the plurality of spokes comprising a first spoke and a second spoke located adjacent to the first spoke in the circumferential direction, wherein the first element engages the first spoke.

8. The apparatus as set forth in claim 7, wherein the elements comprising a second element that has a second element first projection and a second element second projection located at a second element first end, wherein the second element has a second element third projection and a second element fourth projection located at a second element second end;

wherein the upper slots comprising a third upper slot located adjacent the second upper slot in the circumferential direction, wherein the second element first projection is located in the second upper slot, and wherein the second element second projection is located in the third upper slot;

wherein the lower slots comprising a third lower slot located adjacent the second lower slot in the circumferential direction, wherein the second element third projection is located in the second lower slot, and wherein the second element fourth projection is located in the third lower slot;

wherein the second element engages the second spoke.

9. The apparatus as set forth in claim 8, wherein the first spoke is free form engagement with the second element, and wherein the second spoke is free from engagement with the first element.

10. The apparatus as set forth in any one of claims 1-9, wherein the spokes have V-shaped bodies, wherein the elements have ends that engage the spokes when the elements urge the spokes to move outward in the radial direction.

11. The apparatus as set forth in any one of claims 1-10, wherein the body has a midsection thicker than legs that extend radially outward and inward from the midsection, wherein the ends of the elements are disposed within notches of the spokes.

12. The apparatus as set forth in any one of claims 1-11, wherein when the elements urge the spokes to move outwards in the radial direction a portion of each one of the spokes moves outward in the radial direction while another portion of each one of the spokes remains stationary in the radial direction.

13. The apparatus as set forth in any one of claims 1-12, wherein the spokes have flanges, wherein the adhesive is applied to the flanges of the spokes, wherein when the elements urge the spokes outward in the radial direction the flanges with the applied adhesive makes contact with an inner surface of the shear band at the attachment location.

14. The apparatus as set forth in any one of claims 1-13, wherein the spokes define a notch between a flange of the spokes and a body of the spokes, wherein the elements are located inside of the notches when the elements urge the spokes outward in the radial direction.

15. The apparatus as set forth in any one of claims 1-14, further comprising a plurality of retainers that engage the elements and that link the elements to one another such that movement of one of the elements is translated through the engaged retainers and are translated to additional ones of the elements.