How is the Tire Manufacturing Industry Embracing Digitalization?

How is the Tire Manufacturing Industry Embracing Digitalization?

Laura Davis, Manufacturing Technology Insights | Friday, January 29, 2021

Currently, the fast-paced technological advances in IoT and digitalization has been impacting nearly all the industries.

Fremont, CA: Many might think that tire recycling and pyrolysis industries are way beyond the scope of technological advancements. Similar to any other industry, the tire recycling industry also not very far behind that trend. 

Here are some ways how tire recycling and pyrolysis plant operators will embrace the effects of advancing tire manufacturing technologies.

Tire manufacturing favors IoT

A few companies have developed a technology capable of estimating a wheel axle load and tire wear condition by leveraging the newly designed sensors inside the tires that measure the change in the strain that happens when a tire makes contact with the road while in motion. Today, this technology is unique and the first of its kind globally, the company says.

Top 10 Rubber and Tire Tech Solution Companies - 2020The Smart Strain Sensor technology is based on the next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. In addition to keeping track of tire inflation pressure and temperature, the Smart Strain Sensor can measure the dynamic change in the strain when a tire is in use. An algorithm is then applied to convert data gathered by the Smart Strain Sensor into tire load and wear information, which is then collected and sent to the cloud.

Previously released sensing technology performs measurements based on accelerometer sensors, which need a certain amount of speed to acquire data. The new Smart Strain Sensor technology, however, measures strain, which is independent to speed. As such, the latest technology can acquire highly reliable data, even at low speeds.

Even though the inclusion of IoT technologies in tire manufacturing tends to enhance the quality of tires in the future, the tire recycling and pyrolysis industry might consider this as a medium-term nuisance and will have to adapt.

The window of opportunity in a circular economy

Indeed, sensors and innovative materials used in tires can affect the purity of tire-derived rubber powder, tire pyrolysis oil, rCB, and other products. However, if the technology becomes ubiquitous, the same sensors can enable tire collectors and recyclers to sort tires according to types of materials contained in tires, rim size, age, and other parameters. This will allow operators to produce more homogeneous material and open up new markets for high-quality tire-derived materials in civil engineering and industrial applications.

See also: Top IoT Companies

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