Transforming the Tire Industry Using RFID!
As the tire industry continues to move towards full automation and Industry 4.0, the conversations surrounding RFID become more and more relevant. From easier tracking throughout manufacturing, to waste reduction efforts, to improved automotive safety, and to the visibility of lifetime performance - the benefits realized via RFID are virtually endless.
RFID consists of a tiny radio transmitter (high technology transponder) and the chip that is placed inside a tire or on the outer sidewall. This transponder/chip assembly can be detected by a scanner that comes into contact with it, using the correct frequency and protocol. But RFID is so much more. There are so many applications for this technology.
Omnia Technologies highlights the benefits realized from RFID in the tire industry.
Tracking is the Key
RFID provides an exclusive number that recognizes the tire and also allows tire manufacturers to track the respective tires using the manufacturing procedure, inventories, and shipping to the end-user and final point-of-sale. RFID can be used for tracking every tire’s history and the data can be saved in the tire manufacturer’s hosted Cloud in the maintenance management program.
RFID can be used for tracking the tires from pick-up at the location using the retread procedure and delivery back towards the fleet. The manufacturer’s software contains data about the number of times a tire has been retreaded and repaired, its temperature and pressure history, tread depths, mileage, and the sources of failure, so that fleets can determine when the tire’s lifespan will end and when it should get replaced.
On the macro level, the data can be analyzed in a database for determining the finest tires as well as retreads for running in the operations and also for making other well-versed decisions about age limits, retreading the number of times, and detecting problems with any particular tire and see if any improvements are required in the tire maintenance.
Omnia Tire Tags
The UHF Spring Tire Tag has very high performance. It is embedded into the tire so that the tires can be electronically tracked. The tag is widely used in the tire factory for applications such as tires storing, servicing, anti-stealing, and recollecting, for inventory management. The tags are easy to install and can survive the high temperatures in the tire curing process. The tag is also robust enough to remain operational throughout the operating life of the tire. The microchip stores the tire’s unique ID, which can be associated with the vehicle identification number. The chip can also store information about when and where the tire was made, its maximum inflation pressure, size, and so on. Information can be updated with a handheld reader.
The UHF Tire Patch Tag is specially designed for tire tracking and management applications after the tires are manufactured. These tags are designed to meet all requirements in terms of pressure, heat, and chemical resistance in the application of contactless tire tracking. This tag was developed to track finished tires with a unique identification number to prevent tire theft and cloning. It will last the lifetime of the tire and should be attached within the sidewall of the tire with a vulcanizing agent. The tag is mainly used for bus tires, truck tires, trailer tires, etc.
- Tracking and logging vehicle entry/exit
- Tracking vehicle movement across locations
- Locating the current location of a vehicle
- Optimizing vehicle usage
- Can be integrated with access control barriers (Vehicles can be checked out automatically, along with an identified load. They can be checked back in again just as easily)
- Identifying a vehicle its access information by reading its RFID tag is a benefit for companies like car rental agencies, car dealerships, and car wash facilities. With the addition of software, these companies can pull up car records or purchases by simply reading the car’s unique RFID tag
- Controlled costs, as warehouses can be easily tracked with minimal labor or resources
- Improved inventory tracking, as entire pallets can be easily scanned and accounted for without direct line of sight