How Smart Hybrid Labels Help Identify, Track and Manage Tyres Intelligently

How Smart Hybrid Labels Help Identify, Track and Manage Tyres Intelligently

Tyre, RFID 101, Cost & Planning, Tyre RFID | 1 March 2017

Posted by Paul Burlington
How Smart Hybrid Labels Help Identify, Track, and Manage Tyres Intelligently

Production downtime, operational errors and excessive scrap and rework pose challenges for tyre manufacturing companies. While improving your tyre tracking capabilities with barcode labels can help, you need a way to manage tyre data intelligently.

Smart labels allow you to identify, track and manage tyres throughout production and distribution, increasing your read rates, cutting labour costs and reducing scrap and rework.

What Are Smart Hybrid Labels?

Smart Hybrid LabelsSmart labels feature more advanced technology than traditional barcodes. Often, they store and update data, enabling more effective tracking.

They may be enhanced by QR codes, electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags or RFID tags. As a type of RFID tag, smart hybrid labels integrate with each step in your production process, including:

  • Read/write equipment
  • Automatic applicators
  • Middleware
  • Point of service

RFID in manufacturing enables accurate tracking, tracing and dynamic data management from production to customer use.

Because they aren’t intended to replace traditional barcodes, smart hybrid labels enable customers to realise the benefits of RFID without having to invest in all new reading equipment or overhaul their manufacturing lines.

Identify, Track and Manage

Around the world, traditional barcode labels and scanners have been used to trace tyres during manufacturing. But as technology progresses, RFID tags are starting to find their place in the tyre industry.

RFID technology adds greater flexibility to the manufacturing process because it complements barcode labels that have been used historically.

Enabling data visibility throughout the life of a tyre, RFID tags identify, track and manage tyres through:

  • The tyre building process
  • Vulcanisation
  • Testing
  • Distribution
  • Retail
  • Service life

It’s now possible to use a single hybrid barcode-RFID tag with data management capabilities at every stage of a tyre’s life, giving you access to real-time data when it’s needed most.

RFID technology enables real-time condition monitoring and supports predictive maintenance. Since tyres can be tracked within your plant, you also need less time to locate materials used in the production process.

The Advantages of Smart Hybrid Labels

In addition to helping you identify, track and manage tyres, smart hybrid labels offer many other benefits. Consider how this type of RFID technology can improve your manufacturing process and tyre quality.

No Line of Sight Required

Automatically place and conceal smart hybrid labels inside tyres. Data is sent and received by radio waves in conjunction  with traditional bead barcode scanning.

Write-Many/Read-Many Functionality

You can store, update and instantly access data on an integral computer chip wirelessly. Whether you need data on a green tyre or one at the end of its service life, your data is easily accessible.

Reduced Labour Costs

Equipment that automatically applies and reads your smart hybrid labels while simultaneously scanning the barcode can easily integrate into your production line. You’re also able to automate the labelling process completely with no need for human application or scanning.

Dynamic Data

Dynamic data means your smart hybrid labels can supply operational data at any point in the manufacturing process, which enables faster, more accurate decision making.  

Smart hybrid labels help you manage your tyre production intelligently, so you can focus your time and budget on higher-level business goals.

Do you need a way to keep your plant running smoothly and maximise your operator efficiency? With the right label solution, you’re able to optimise your speed of production and drive efficiencies to fuel your organisation’s profitability.

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Paul Burlington

Paul Burlington is Computype’s Director of Business Development. Having worked directly with our customers for over 30 years, he has a deep understanding of the needs and challenges our customers face—specifically those working in industrial environments. Paul is our go-to-guy for all things tyre and rubber belt related, whether that means product ideas or efficiency boosting advice. Outside of work he enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.