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Short History of Michelin’s RFID Tire

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In recent years, the United States, Japan, South Korea and the European Union have successively issued legal provisions on RFID tire tags, clearly pointing out that tires must be affixed with RFID tags to indicate the level of fuel efficiency, rolling resistance, rolling noise and slippery road grip, so as to strictly control the quality of tires before and during the production, and reduce traffic accidents in the process of use.

In 2005, hundreds of Michelin RFID tires were installed on taxis in North America for trial. Since then, it has been applied to the tires of heavy trucks and buses respectively.
In 2007, Michelin’s new generation of temperature and pressure self-testing RFID tire arises at the historic moment. The new generation of RFID tire improves the weakness of reading accuracy caused by tire edge overheating, and once the RFID tag is stuck to the tire with a strong adhesive, it cannot be removed or reused on another tire.
In 2008, Michelin announced that the tire management system for construction machinery began to be sold worldwidely. The management system can store, transmit and analyze tire data. It can be integrated into the existing tire management system to improve the normal service life and life of the tire by improving the monitoring and maintenance of the tire.
In 2012, the London Olympic Games bus used Michelin RFID tire to track its X InCity tire, and RFID technology was used to monitor tire pressure and tread pattern, so as to improve the safety of tire operation and the efficiency of tire inspection.
In 2013, Michelin accelerated the promotion of RFID tire technology and will provide free licenses to any patent user that will help accelerate the development of global uniform standards. Other tire manufacturers have also joined in, committed to the development of unified international standards.
In 2014, Michelin provided new RFID tires for the FIA Formula Electric Championship, with RFID tags implanted into the side walls of the tires to ensure traceability of the tires from production to their return to the factory after the race.
In 2014, Michelin sponsored RFID tires in the first Formula one Electric car Championship.
In 2015, Michelin released the mobile tire application.  The service scheme is that the free download part can record the basic information of the tire and the vehicle; then there is the Icheck module, which can diagnose the tire and accept more vehicle information, and then the Imanage module, which will provide each tire maintenance and tracking information with the help of RFID and TPMS technology.
At the end of 2015, Michelin accelerated the tag program, using Tagsurance manual test station to confirm whether the tag function is normal, and launched a scheme based on RFID technology to monitor tire pressure.

Recently, according to reports, Michelin plans to add radio frequency identification (RFID) chips to all its tires by 2023 to realize the networking of tires. The chip helps improve driving safety and provides predictive maintenance services.

Michelin tyres with RFID tags can not only be tracked throughout the tire life cycle, making a significant contribution to “predictive maintenance services”, but can also be used to improve driving safety, enabling advanced driving assistance systems such as ESP to make fine adjustments to specific tire characteristics.
In addition, it can provide timely and accurate tire replacement and maintenance information, provide accurate tire identification and data for dealers and repair shops, reduce adaptation errors and help control inventory.

This project uses up to 15 million RFID chips a year. Although the number is large, it can be used to improve the recovery rate of old tires, allow recycling to be verified, and improve the efficiency of energy recovery projects.

Traditional barcode tire management, often after the use of tire friction, will make barcode wear resulting in the loss of information. While RFID tire management, can make RFID tag and tire rubber into a whole object. The RFID tag can withstand tire production and use of a variety of stretching, high temperature, high pressure and other adverse conditions, but the tag itself should be light and thin fit, can not affect the tire dynamic balance and uniformity standards.
RFID tire management is in the process of tire forming, the RFID tag is implanted into the tire, which can withstand the deformation, high temperature and high pressure in the process of tire forming and vulcanization.
The reliable performance of finished tire is realized by X-ray inspection, bubble inspection, dynamic balance and uniformity test, durability test and so on.
In tire production, write basic information of the tire in the RFID tag, including material, warranty period, manufacturer, serial number, etc., and regard the RFID tag as the carrier of tire data and participate in the information management of its life cycle.
In the process of tire storage management, RFID tag, as an information carrier, can be identified by RFID device, so as to realize intelligent tire warehouse management, automatic in and out of warehouse and inventory management, and avoid overstock or insufficient supply.
In the link of tire sales and transportation, different dealers should be equipped with RFID handheld terminals to ensure the quality of tires, avoid fake and shoddy products flowing to the market, and put forward a favorable protection for consumers’ rights and interests; in the after-sale management link, consumers can rely on the relevant information stored in RFID tags as the basis for claims to achieve the maintenance of consumers’ rights and interests, and then realize the retroactive management of the whole life cycle of tires.


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