RMA Publishes New Bulletin on Radio Frequency Identification

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For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 23, 2012 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recently released its newest Tire Information Service Bulletin (TISB), “Truck Tire Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Passive RFID Tags,” which discusses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), an enabling technology which has become more popular in the tire industry both nationally and internationally.

Global standards have been established to standardize the identification information provided by a RFID transponder installed during the tire manufacturing process or as an aftermarket installation such as RFID patch application to tires. RMA’s bulletin recommends adherence to these global standards, which can ensure consistency and allow for interchangeability of hardware and software to be used.

The bulletin, explains the four ways an RFID tag may be attached to a tire, identifies the two key memory data storage locations and kinds of data that is stored, and shows standardized RFID emblem diagrams concerning the use of RFID in consumer and workplace environments as outlined in ISO 29160. References on global standards of RFID technology are also noted in the bulletin.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

RMA Tire Repair Information Available for Download

 Additional Format Offers More Access to Important Safety Information

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 5, 2011 - – Longstanding industry guidelines for passenger and light truck tire repair are now more easily accessible to tire professionals through the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s (RMA) website.

In addition to a wall-chart of step-by-step, industry-recommended tire repair practices, RMA now offers the information in a free, downloadable format. A tire repair video news release and a consumer-friendly information sheet also are available.

“Proper tire repair is an essential consumer safety practice,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Faulty or improper repairs may result in tires placed back into service that are at greater risk of failure.”

A 2006 RMA study of more than 14,000 scrap tires found that 17 percent of tires had a tire repair. Of that subset, 88 percent of the repairs were improper.

Among several criteria to perform a proper repair are:

  • Repairs are limited to the tread area only (No sidewall repairs!)
  • Puncture injury cannot be greater than 1/4 inch (6mm) in diameter
  • Repairs must be performed by removing the tire from the rim/wheel assembly to perform a complete inspection to assess all damage that may be present
  • Repairs cannot overlap
  • A rubber stem, or plug, must be applied to fill the puncture injury and a patch must be applied to seal the inner liner. A common repair unit is a one-piece unit with a stem and patch portion. A plug by itself is an unacceptable repair

Earlier this year, a California jury awarded a $14 million judgment against an auto dealer for improperly repairing a tire that eventually failed and contributed to a fatal van crash.

“Tire and automotive service professionals need to understand how to determine whether a tire can be repaired and then how to repair it correctly,” Cannon said.

RMA’s wall chart is available for purchase at www.rma.org, Or download a free version at this link:http://www.rma.org/tire_safety/tire_maintenance_and_safety/tire_repair. A one-page, consumer-friendly tire repair fact sheet also is available. Additionally, the page links to the Tire Industry Association’s web page (www.tireindustry.org) for information about training programs.

“Consumers need to know that to ensure their safety; a proper tire repair takes more than ten minutes and $10, “Cannon said. “If someone tells you that, you should take it somewhere else and have it done right.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.