Electronic IDs in tires ‘technologically feasible’ – will it help the tire recycling industry?
Using electronic identification chips in new tires has been found to be an efficient practice that tire producers can undertake. The verdict about its technical feasibility was delivered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
However, the group also noted that the technology has to be standardized, and this means, the industry will have to elaborate on it, as well as new regulations will be required. This finding that relies on years of studies was released in a document “Electronic Tire Identification Study” aimed at US Congress.
According to NHTSA’s research, two techs have been selected that could possibly work for electronic tire identification – RFID tags and 2D barcodes. Even though it was found that the methods are likely to be successful, it is still necessary to establish how long the technologies could be effective for. Moreover, the organization still has to conduct a complete cost/benefit analysis of the method.
An immense advantage for tire recycling companies and circular economy in general could arise from using electronic IDs in tires. This would facilitate sorting of scrap tires and could streamline processes at tire recycling plants, thus making it possible to create specialized automatic equipment which, in turn, would ensure a more homogenous output. A more homogenous output material means higher quality of rubber powder and could broaden scope of application of used tires.
Keeping finger on this topic can help tire recyclers innovate at the right time.
Article by Safety Search.