Sep 29, 2021
We’re well aware that RFID is a big booster for Industry 4.0, especially with helping in generating and gathering large volumes of data to support decisions with intelligence. The global tire industry reached 19.25M tonnes of production in 2019 and is expected to reach 22.75M tonnes by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 3.4%. Automation continues to be one of the critical factors in helping tire manufacturers to meet the global competition. 
The next biggest news is about the radio-frequency identification’s (RFID) footprint in the tire industry. RFID is being adopted rapidly in a growing number of tire industry processes to deliver more transparency, better control of materials, fewer rejected tires, and production failures.
How RFID Technology Works
An RFID IC or a tag is equipped with an antenna. This antenna is fixed or applied to the carriers like PET, polypropylene, and paper, whereas, in the case of tires, it’s embedded in the rubber or dipped mesh materials. When a tag passes the reading field of an antenna, it reads the tag and sends the unique identification number back to the system. A unique advantage of having an RFID over a barcode is no line of sight is needed between the reader and the tag. Identification can also occur in bulk, up to 150 tires in one scan from a distance from zero up to several feet.
RFID Lifecycle Management
The use of vulcanizable RFID tags on each tire controls the complete lifecycle of the tire from building machine, vulcanization, coupling with the end-user, and, finally, through to the scrapping of the used tire. Many customized RFID aftermarket labels have been developed to support fleet management, set up anti-theft solutions, and develop pay-per-mile and other commercial models.
RFID Tire Tread Labels
Another interesting business model possibility in the logistics space with RFID tread labels to address the challenges such as FIFO, identifying unique/ individual tires in the warehouse, inventory management, coupling for orders, loading of trucks up to the inventory in the shop, identifying gray imports, matching a tire to an end-user and easily support the recall process.
Future of Tire Manufacturing
Change is what always remains constant when it comes to rapidly changing modern technology. Customers’ expectations have started to demand quicker delivery times, and thus the order delivery cycle has become shorter, and warehouses will no longer be filled with products. With RFID and sensors assisting in the manufacturing along with full plant automation can give multiple benefits such as lower stock levels, optimization of space, and minimization of buffer stocks and cumulatively lead companies to produce high-quality tires with better yields.
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