NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 2, 2017) — Michelin North America Inc. has begun building radio frequency identification (RFID) tags into its commercial truck tires and retreads that can help users track the tire throughout its lifecycle, including retreading.
Initially the sensors' data storage is limited to being a unique identifier for each tire, but Michelin said it will continue to add the capability to store and transmit additional data around different operating parameters with subsequent generations of RFID sensors.
Information from the RFID sensors will be retrievable by fleets, companies in the Michelin Commercial Service Network and Michelin employees equipped with RFID scanners, Michelin said.
The unique tire identifier, as well as any data associated with service performed on that tire, will then be accessible for our fleet customers through a Michelin Fleet Portal or over time the fleet's asset management system.
"Technology is transforming the trucking industry," said Ralph Dimenna, chief operating officer, Michelin Americas Truck Tires (MATT), "and Michelin is leading this effort to improve fleet performance and bottom line.
"We continue drive innovation for fleets by integrating technology and enhancements to our services that add significant value to our fleet customers' business."
Michelin is curing the RFID sensors into the new tires — currently about 88 percent are so equipped — and is working with the Michelin Retread Technologies Inc. franchise partners to "define the exact methodology" for affixing the sensors to tires that were not originally manufactured with sensors cured in.
The company has not yet launched an associated Michelin Tire Asset Management offer leveraging this technology, but this initiative is forthcoming, Michelin said.