NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 22, 2003) — Bridgestone/Firestone is considering using an emerging laser technology to help mark and track tires, the Nashville-based tire maker said.
The “Glyph” technology, created by InfoGlyph USA Inc., marks each tire with key data, allowing it to be tracked easily with automatic equipment, BFS said. The laser-made mark is barely visible to the human eye.
“More testing is planned, but at this time InfoGlyph appears to be an alternative with a lot of potential,” said Don Smith, BFS mechanical engineering manager.
In addition to more testing, BFS said it will develop a prototype marking station. The tire maker said hundreds of tires already had been marked with the laser technology, but the marking station would give more complete read/write capability data. BFS said the technology could help identify the actual date of the tire's manufacture, specify certain manufacturing information and make identifying the ultimate buyer easier.
BFS also is evaluating whether the technology may help the tire maker comply with current DOT regulations or potential TREAD Act requirements. In this capacity, the laser can make marks that people could read, the company said.