Transense Technologies plc has appointed Kevin Hennelly as sales director of its Translogik business unit. Hennelly brings more than 15 years of experience from the commercial vehicle fleet telematics industry with global telematics business Teletrac Navman and more recently he was responsible for delivering rapid growth at UK-based fleet technology specialist Lightfoot over a five-year period.
The Murata stand at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, USA has been designed to showcase a range of the company’s chip and Internet of Things (IoT) products including tyre RFID. Specifically, Murata’s embeddable RAIN RFID Tire Tags add a digital ID to track tyres throughout the entire supply chain. Applications include manufacturing, automotive OEM, logistics and transportation, dealer and retail, retread contractor, and end of life.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries Motorsport Department has selected Avery Dennison’s AD Maxdura tyre tag for use by endurance racing teams on Falken tyres. Teams will benefit from new data to help them prepare and improve race performance. With a unique RFID transponder implanted in each tyre, information can be read automatically and used to identify precisely which tyres are in use from the pit to the track. To further boost control, as well as stock and performance management, the Avery Dennison Maxdura Tire Tag enables teams to optimize real-time inventory and logistics. In addition, providing a unique ID for each tyre is intended to “improve reuse and recycling processes after the race to make events more environmentally sustainable.”
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. joined the non-profit association GDSO (Global Data Service Organisation for Tyres and Automotive Components) in January 2023 and is now contributing towards industry-wide efforts to establish a means of and standard for identifying, managing and transferring data from individual tyres.
Kordsa is cooperating with SES RFID Solutions GmbH to provide RFID tags for vehicle tyre identification and tracking. According to the company, Kordsa’s collaboration with SES RFID Solutions combines the patented SES technology with Kordsa’s materials to develop “a small, flexible RFID tag to embed in vehicle tyres before vulcanization.” The two companies announced their collaboration on 5 July.
Michelin and Murata Manufacturing have developed a new generation of embedded RFID modules. Several million Michelin tyres are already equipped with these, and the partners are now making the technology available to other tyre makers.
ToP Tunniste, which supplies RFID solutions to businesses including the tyre industry, has merged with Fentec Partners Ltd. The merger, which was completed on 31 December 2020 means the company is now known as Fentec Ltd, effective 1 January 2021.
Michelin has announced pioneering plans to equip all its new car tyres with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips by 2023. Continuing its long history in the development of tyre-orientated RFID technology (including the global launch of a truck tyre RFID solution in 2012) Michelin says up to 1.5 million RFID-equipped car tyres will be delivered as early as 2020.
It isn’t news to say that the tyre and autocentre sector is becoming an increasingly technological business. However, two recent trends confirm the need for garages to be properly equipped – increasing electric vehicle take-up and, in the short term, booming MOT demand.
In January 2019, we predicted a 5 per cent increase in MOTs during the course of the year. One calculation suggested this would work out as 2.6 million extra MOT tests during 2019, which equates to something like 50 extra MOTs per site per month. The latest DVSA numbers suggest that MOTs actually went up by an estimated 6.2 per cent last year, rising from 29.560 million in 2018 to 31.405 million last year. So far DVSA have only released data relating to the first nine months of 2019, so the final figure could go down, but in all likelihood it now looks like 5 per cent was a conservative estimate.
Bridgestone has bought iTrack, which provides tyre management solutions for the off-the-road (OTR) market, from UK-based Transense Technologies Plc. All employees of the iTrack Solutions business will join Bridgestone as part of the acquisition. No financial details have been released.
Durham City Transit Company (DCTC) and Tyrata, Inc., have completed a test and evaluation protocol trialling Tyrata’s Drive-Over System (DOS) and data analytics. The solid-state DOS automatically collects and analyzes tyre tread depth as buses drive over the low-profile, speedbump-like sensor.
Goodyear has entered three-year tyre partnership with Maxi Haulage Ltd. As part of this deal, Maxi Haulage will be supplied with premium tyres from the KMAX GEN-2 range, and be supported by TruckForce, under the Goodyear Total Mobility offering.
Michelin is teaming up with AS 24, the HGV service station network that fuel company Total runs in 28 countries across Europe, to launch a new automatic tyre inspection service – Fleet Diag 24. The partners will launch their diagnostic offer in March. The rollout begins in a small way, with Fleet Diag 24 initially offered at just three sites in France, however, we can expect to see it introduced at many more of the 986 AS 24 outlets in the UK and Europe.
Goodyear Tyres will support TJ Transport Ltd with a five-year partnership, the company announced on 8 January 2020. Goodyear Proactive Solutions and Goodyear OMNITRAC S D MSTII will be used on the full TJ Transport Ltd fleet.