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How Much Do Tire Bead Barcode Labels Cost?

Tire | 17 December 2018

Posted by Simon Boddy

How Much Do Tire Bead Barcode Labels Cost

As you can probably tell by the name, tire bead barcode labels are the barcodes applied to the bead of the tire. Bead labels can be applied at almost any stage in the manufacturing process, from pre molded rubber, to formed green tires. These barcodes act as a license plate for traceability of the tire throughout the manufacturing process. While tire bead labels don’t serve nearly as much valuable purpose once a tire leaves the manufacturing plant, their presence is absolutely critical for WIP tracking.

Tire Bead Barcode LabelSo we know how important they are, but how much do tire bead barcode labels cost? For the amount of value they can give to your process, they must be pretty expensive right? 

You might be surprised. In this article we'll answer questions such as:

What variables affect the price?

How much do tire bead barcode labels typically cost?

Variables to Determine Price

Tire bead barcode labels themselves are a pretty standard product; however, there are certain process-driven components of the bead label that cause variability in the price. Sources of variability will likely include the following:

  • Ability to receive labels pre-printed or print on demand
  • Order at higher volume and frequency to lower per-unit cost
  • Customization capabilities
  • Guaranteed unique barcodes without the risk of duplicates

The method of printing is a determining factor in the final price of your bead labels as you have a couple options: receiving pre-printed barcodes from your label supplier, or printing yourself on demand. With pre-printed, you are guaranteed unique barcodes and there is no need to invest in printers or other equipment; on the other hand, with print on demand, you have complete control of the process and more flexibility in modifying the label on the fly.

Receiving Labels Pre-Printed vs. Printing On Demand

With tire bead barcode labels, the most commonly utilized method is to receive the labels pre-printed; however, whether this is the right method for you depends on your specific process needs.

The cost aspect of this decision is two-fold—if you decide to receive your labels pre-printed, you will pay a higher upfront cost to your supplier due to the labor and customization of suiting them for your company. That being said, if you decide to print these labels in-house, you need the equipment, space, and operators to do so.

Outsourcing the label printing to a label supplier has proven to be a high-speed process that is good if you are a company that needs labels printed in bulk or large batches. Label suppliers are experts in this space, allowing for the insurance that your labels will be high quality and perform up to standards. However, with this option comes a lack of control.

Which of these methods is right for you? Use this guide to decide!

Tire Bead Labels

Order Volume and Frequency

The volume or tire bead barcode labels you will need will also play a role in determining the final price. In addition to that, the volume may affect the method of printing used which will in turn affect the final cost as well.

Tire manufacturing facilities typically have consistent throughput rates, and can predictably order in batches ahead of time. This proves helpful for creating a relationship with your label supplier where they can have the flexibility to plan your orders ahead. Typically, the higher the order volume and frequency, the lower your per-unit price will end up.

Customization Capabilities

In the case of bead labels, digital printing will usually come at a higher cost due to the fact that it has the capability to add color. Color is not necessary across all tire bead barcode labels, however it can be beneficial if you want to classify different tires or if you simply want a visual way to distinguish different types of tires.

At Computype, we can apply color across the web and apply it to the labels as part of your standard order. Additionally, it is not a requirement that you buy a full set of each color, you have the ability to mix and match to your specific needs.

In addition to color, another printing customization that some tire manufacturers request is a curved bead barcode label. When a bead label is die-cut to a curve, it is easier to conform to the natural curve of the tire.

Guaranteed Unique Barcodes Without the Risk of Duplicates

Finally, whether you choose to manage your sequences in house or through a label supplier is a decision that will affect the price of your tire bead barcode labels.

Sequence integrity is incredibly important in your tire bead labels. If you have duplicates, a lot of scrap, rework, and unplanned expense can occur in your plant. Additionally, if a duplicate label is not detected until late in the manufacturing process and something goes wrong with the tire, this can cause serious discrepancies and liability issues for your plant if the accurate tire information is readily traceable.

Oftentimes, tire manufacturing plants will choose to outsource their bead barcode printing needs and associated sequence management services to their label supplier. Computype, for example, manages tire bead barcode label sequences across multiple parts, and by specific plants to ensure duplicates or inaccurate label sequences do not occur.

This is a process you could also choose to do in house, although it will likely require proprietary software to be created for your business specifically, which could come at a high cost.

How Much Do Tire Bead Barcode Labels Typically Cost?

Keep in mind that different suppliers will offer different prices, but from our experience in the industry, tire bead barcode labels typically run from about $10-$15 per 1,000 labels. This price is derived from the factors mentioned above to meet your specifications.

If you'd like to see how the price of bead labels fits into your overall tire labeling budget, check out our tire cost table!

If you are looking to reevaluate spending as it relates to manufacturing of tire bead labels in your facility, the cost of the labels themselves is just one factor, you also need to consider the cost of your application method. 

Applying tire bead labels by hand is still one of the most popular methods available, but when it comes to spending this type of strategy involves constant overhead. If you'd like to learn more about how automatic label application can save budget check out this article: Top 5 Ways Automatic Tire Label Application Can Save Budget

To determine how long it will take for ROI to take place in your  facility, see our Chromaffix justification expense formula!

Simon Boddy

Simon Boddy is Computype’s Global Product Manager within our Industrial Business Unit. Based in our UK facility, he has worked closely with many global tire manufacturers to improve their processes and ensure accurate bead and tread labeling. Most recently, Simon played a large role in launching Computype’s new automated tread labeling system, Chromaffix.