Murata And Michelin Co-Develop RFID Module To Improve Tire Management Operations

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Designed and manufactured by Murata, the RFID module is inserted into a simple spring antenna, designed and manufactured by HANA Technologies, thus enabling it to link to the tire ecosystem.

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has co-developed a new generation of RFID modules with Michelin that are embedded into tires. The robust passive RFID tags, measuring 1x1x6 mm, require no external power supply and will continue to operate while being driven on for extremely high mileages. In addition, the technology delivers low cost and easy tire traceability throughout its entire lifespan, enabling the management of inventory logistics, aftermarket maintenance, and recycling operations.

RFID technology is a key enabler to gain efficiency and optimise tire operations, but also to improve the customer experience while identifying tires and associating data. An embedded tag is the only way to identify tires, from the cradle to the grave, consistently,” said Mr. Jerôme Barrand, Michelin RFID program leader. “Thanks to a great collaboration with Murata, a new efficient and cost-effective solution has been developed, enabling Michelin to address a larger market. This new generation of RFID tags is already in more than four million Michelin tires. As the technology is also available, from now on, to any other tire manufacturer, this shall foster market adoption.”

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Currently, Michelin uses RFID tags in commercial vehicles, such as lorries, buses, and passenger cars. Michelin is working on expanding this rollout to 100 percent of the MICHELIN tires from 2024. The company said it anticipates that key players in the market will embrace this technology for improved tire traceability.

“Murata will continue to improve technologies for innovative solutions and will contribute to tire management operations throughout its lifecycle and the enhancement of customer experience,” says Masamichi Ando, senior director of RFID business department at Murata.

Improving the reliability compared to existing RFID tags while minimising cost were critical factors when developing the tire embeddable RFID tag. Designed and manufactured by Murata, the RFID module is inserted into a simple spring antenna, designed and manufactured by HANA Technologies, thus enabling it to link to the tire ecosystem.

In addition to supplying this RFID module, Murata also offers its id-Bridge platform (RFID middleware), which processes and interprets the data transmitted from the tire embeddable RFID tag in conformance with ISO standards*.

*ISO is the International Organisation for Standardisation that issues international standards for various industries. ISO20910 specifies the general requirements and data structure for coding the tire embeddable RFID tag. ISO20912 specifies the test methods for validating the conformance of RFID enabled tires.

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