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RFID microchips: a treasure trove of information weighing just 0.2 g

As a veritable digital signature, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) microchips offer a number of advantages to clients, distributors, and Michelin.

Michelin is embedding RFID microchips in its truck tires

Smart and  connected truck tires can now easily be identified and provide information on tire pressure, temperature, wear, etc. 

For distributors, connected MICHELIN tires are an effective way to promote product performance and gain the trust of fleet managers. 

 

Technology with immediate added value

Information such as temperature, pressure, ID number, and location on the vehicle is all necessary to the management of truck tire stocks. Thanks to RFID technology this information is now more accessible and readily shared.  

When connected to a no-contact monitoring system called TPMS - Tire Pressure Monitoring System - RFID cuts tire inspection time from 15 to 5 minutes.

The advantages?

  • Reducing vehicle downtime through optimization of maintenance work
  • Providing the ability to anticipate tire replacements 
  • And thus ensuring better stock management.

 

Tires in the digital era

This major innovation is a very good example of our ability to innovate beyond tires.  It's an important step at a time when digital technology is making its way into the tire industry.

Richard Bezzant, Michelin Truck Professional Programme Manager, Michelin UK

 

Thanks to RFID, Michelin can collect a great deal of information about our products in order to improve their performance. Discussions on how to integrate RFID technology began 15 years ago, as it presented a number of challenges, including:

  • Antenna design
  • Long-term resistance
  • The quality of data transmission

 

Open patents

To be sure of the results, the Group conducted a major testing program in which microchips were embedded in a number of tires, for a total of more than 5 billion kilometers of testing. To take the process even further, and to contribute to the adoption of an international standard for connected tires, Michelin also volunteered to open its patents.