Murata's advanced RFID technology to support ongoing integrity of worldwide tyre supply chain

8th March 2023
Harry Fowle

Murata is successfully contributing to the digitalisation of supply chains of numerous products and assets. At the upcoming Tyre Technology Expo at Booth 9036, Hannover, 21st - 23rd March, the company will be demonstrating how it’s now bringing this technology to the automobile sector – in terms of better traceability and more effective inventory management, as well as facilitating aftermarket maintenance (such as re-treading) and recycling activities.

Murata representatives are also participating in day-long RAIN RFID Masterclass courses being organised during the expo event.

The Murata tyre-targeted RFID solution is built around compact RFID tags, RFID readers, and id-Bridge Middleware and Dashboard needed to collect the data and turn it into actionable insight.

The new generation RFID tyre tags (with 1.8×40mm dimensions), co-developed with Michelin, are embedded directly into vehicle tyres. These tags utilise the 865-920MHz UHF RAIN frequency band for data transmission. The proprietary antenna design employed enables extended reading distances.

The tyre tag is based on a durable design, making them highly suited in challenging automotive environments - sustaining long-term operation despite exposure to extreme conditions. Being passive, they receive energy from the reader, meaning that an external power source is not required.

Each RFID Tyre tag is encoded with a unique identification number that conforms to the SGTIN-96 tyre industry standard. This connects the tyre to the tyre manufacturer, when and where the tyre was produced, repair history details, etc. The RFID data, gained from the readings at the different stages of the tyre’s journey, is managed with id-BridgeTM software that transforms the data and turns it into valuable information visible on a dashboard.

The Murata RFID tyre tags support data transfer in line with requirements outlined by the Global Data Service Organisation for Tyres and Automotive Components (GDSO). The membership of this body includes prominent tyre-producing brands - namely Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Michelin, and Pirelli. Consequently, the data associated with each tyre ID (SGTIN-96) can be retrieved regardless of the original manufacturing source and collectively managed in a database.

To see the Murata RFID-based tyre logistics solution, please visit Booth 9036 at this year’s Tyre Technology Expo.

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