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Warrendale, Pennsylvania -- AIM Global, the RFID trade association has released its RFID Guideline REG 396, titled, RFID chips and transponders - Verification and qualification of design and manufacture - Part I: Tires.
According to Dr. Patrick King, a Michelin employee and group project leader for the REG (RFID Experts Group) that developed the document, "Tag quality is important for all industries and applications. The use of RFID with tyres presents extreme challenges for both design and manufacturing quality. Including RFID into tyre manufacturing requires surviving conditions of high heat and pressure. In everyday use, tyres flex constantly and are subjected to extremes of heat and cold. What's more, tyres contain carbon which can affect RF signals significantly."
This guideline targets item level tagging where the RFID tag may be present in various formats, including a label, incorporated into a patch which then becomes permanently affixed to the inner or outer surface of a tyre, or incorporated during manufacture into the structure of the tyre as an integral part of the tyre. The guideline is intended to be used as an aid to the manufacturer, the consumer, and the general public.
Dr. King, who is Global Electronics Strategist for Michelin added, "These guidelines will help the tyre industry evaluate or develop RFID tags -- particularly those operating in the UHF range -- that can perform reliably under a wide range of conditions." Dr. King concluded, "The use of RFID for tyres will help address the increasing demand to be able to identify and track tyres for various applications even for the life of the tyre. Additionally, the ability to identify individual tyres on large commercial vehicles helps operators maintain these tyres and provides additional safety for equipment operators and the general public."
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