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Michelin rolls out RFID-enabled tires for London Olympics

In a bid to increase bus safety and reliability during the Olympic Games in London, Michelin is rolling out RFID-enabled tires on fleets of buses that will transport visitors to and from the Games that begin in July.

Michelin has piloted RFID in tires for seven years, including embedding tags on 50,000 tires that have logged more than 3.4 billion miles to test the technology when it comes to monitoring tire pressure and maintenance.

Michelin has included RFID tags on its X InCity tires being used on bus fleets in London.

RFID is being embraced throughout the transportation and automotive sector. Porsche is using RFID on parts for its Macan crossover SUV, and Renault recently deployed RFID to track work-in-progress.

By combining a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and RFID, Michelin is enabling London transport operators to enhance the safety of the tires fitted on their buses, improving the mobility of both vehicles and transport users.

By integrating RFID chips into its Michelin X InCity tires, the TPMS sensors make it possible to easily obtain tire pressure and temperature data and ensure flawless traceability that streamlines and secures monitoring for the entire life of the tire.

London transport operator Stagecoach has deploying RFID in tires across a fleet of 100 double-decker buses in London, representing one of the first major European rollouts for RFID in commercial tires.

“We’re pleased to be trialing this new technology with Michelin,” says Sam Greer, UK Bus Regional Director at Stagecoach. “It has the potential to improve fuel efficiency and pro-long tire life which could lead to improved operational efficiency.”

During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, approximately 10 million spectators will flood the London area to support athletes competing at 34 different venues. That equates to an average of 500,000 additional passengers daily (with peak usage of up to 1 million expected for the eighth day of the Games) for a public transport network that is often close to saturation during normal conditions.

Due to increased security, bus depots will be placed under close surveillance and only accredited personnel will be allowed access, even for vehicle maintenance operations. At the same time, the need for mobility means that buses used to transport permanent or temporary residents of the city must be in service up to 23 hours a day. That means the entire system must be highly reliable, underscoring the importance of Michelin’s innovative TMPS/RFID solution.

With RFID, maintenance personnel can check a vehicle’s tire pressure by simply walking past the vehicle, ensuring that tires operate in optimal conditions to enhance safety. In addition, technicians in charge of managing tires for vehicle fleets spend less time checking pressure, freeing them to provide other value-added tasks, such as visually inspecting wear, tread depth and overall tire condition.

Studies of fleet operations have revealed that 75 percent of tire-related incidents are due to slow leaks. Because RFID-enabled tires allow for easier and more frequent inspections of tire pressure and temperature, fleet managers can detect leaks more quickly. This enables them to correct bad tires upstream and avoid one of the most troubling problems in the transportation industry — a vehicle that breaks down while on the road.

Outside of the Olympic Games, fleet operators are aggressively pursuing RFID for fuel efficiency and track and trace benefits. Tires inflated to the right pressure help to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Michelin estimates that a tire inflated to 1 bar (or 14.5 psi) less than the recommended pressure increase fuel consumption by up to 0.4 liters per 100 km. Additional studies have shown that two-thirds of trucks in Europe could improve tire performance, thereby reducing fuel consumption.

“When you look at a fleet system, the person buying the tires has a goal to maximize profits and limit expenses, and one of the biggest expenses you have is fuel,” says Patrick King, Michelin’s RFID ambassador. “Fleet owners are using RFID to gauge which tires give them the biggest bang for their buck over time. This is really proving to be a boon for fleet operators.”

Fleet owners are also turning to RFID to limit tire theft, especially in remote regions of the world. In parts of Mexico, for example, it’s not uncommon for a tractor-trailer to return to the yard at the end of the day with a different set of tires. By embedding RFID tags on tires, yard personnel can scan the truck before it leaves and when it returns to ensure that tires are not tampered with. For an 18-wheeler that averages as much as $800 per tire, tires alone represent about a $10-15,000 asset per truck.

VDC Research says that just under 700 million RFID tags were consumed by the transportation and logistics sector in 2011. That number is expected to climb to 1.8 billion by 2016.

Aside from Porsche and Renault, Volkswagen is using RFID to track 1,000 vehicles a day as they come off the assembly line at its plant in Slovakia.  And an unnamed auto manufacturer has determined that it can save more than $9 million at one plant by deploying Omni-ID’s ProView visual tagging system to eliminate 120,000 paper labels used each day for its Kanban production system.

The company, which operates 45 facilities around the globe, could conceivably save more than $400 million by deploying the system company-wide.

 

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