RFID technology is changing the tire industry and making it better. The technology will mature gradually, The technology will mature gradually, providing greater transparency to the tyre supply chain, fewer discarded tyres and production failures, and better material control.
Recently, major tire manufacturers are developing new technologies to support their internal production processes and to collect more data for each individual tire.
Applications in tire
In the mixing process, RFID tags can be applied to large bags of chemicals, rubber and RFID readers fixed on the loader. Once the reader recognizes the wrong chemical, the loader stops and starts the alarm. Therefore, mistakes can be prevented before they occur.
RFID can support the management of tire manufacturers, mechanical parts and tools. The type of tire is stored in a database and associated with different tools.
In mold management, all components, rings, containers and molds can be fitted with an integrated RFID tag, which is protected by the component itself. With RFID, a parent/child relationship is created between the mold, bead ring, and segment. The parent/child relationship makes it easy to calculate the order of the parts in the model.
RFID can also be used to support material flow in factories. Place RFID tags on carriers, such as shopping carts, match materials to specific carriers. Therefore, the material flow is transparent, can be recognized by the machine, and is easy to be inside the factory.
RFID is used for inventory tracking and management. RFID consists of a tiny radio transmitter (high tech transponder) and a chip placed on a tire or on the outside sidewall. This transponder/chip component can be queried by a scanner that contacts it with the correct frequency and protocol.
The tyre industry is one of the most conservative, because no manufacturer is willing to take the risk of changing the structure of tire or the processes associated with making them. Therefore, introducing new technologies requires careful organization and solid planning.