CongelArg S.A. was funded in the year 2002 as a company specialized in the logistics and transportation of refrigerated and frozen goods, being able to convey them at controlled temperatures. These days it is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Resistencia.
With the aim to implement cutting-edge technology to optimize their processes, efficiently manage their assets and reduce costs and losses, Congelarg developed a strategic alliance with the firm Telectrónicavv, a leading company in the integration of RFID in Latin America, to work together in this pilot project.
Main problems to be solved
Congelarg wanted to know precisely the amount of assets they had , along with their status, record the level of kilometers driven by each tyre, the amount of repairs or retreads that have been made to them and other related data to tire management.
However, identify each tire and be able to obtain such data is not an easy task to accomplish due to the characteristics of the product and the process (pressure, rotation, dirt, temperature,hits, etc.).
Traditional systems such as stamps or marks are not effective, they demand a great amount of time and resources to identify and read tires and it also depends on the intervention of an operator who manually enters the data. Tires are identified before being placed on the vehicle by means of a RFID tag specifically for this application, tires are identified before being installed in the vehicle and this identification is used in each process to trace them (installation date, its axis, etc.)
“This project meant a huge challenge for us”explains. Alan Gidekel, Telectronica´s CEO. “we knew this was a common need for all fleet vehicle operators, but in order to achieve this successful result, we had to overcome multiple challenges regarding operational conditions. That´s why we worked with several RFID tag suppliers until finding the right one for this application. Afterwards, several tests and measurements were carried out to identify both the most appropriate location inside the tire and the RFID tag attachment method’, says the CEO.
It is important to highlight that the metallic materials affect RFID’s behavior. For this reason, having an accurate reading on the tag was a huge challenge since it is placed as close as possible to the tire’s central band (which has a metallic mesh) and next to the truck’s axle represented an additional challenge. Claudio Benvenuto, Congelarg’s Operation Manager, tells us about his experience: ‘We have been working for several months to overcome the different challenges we encountered, at first, tags for example, wouldn’t have a reliable reading rate, or they would come off the tire, among other technical implementation problems. But, with our knowledge in transport and tires and Telectrónica’s help, as an RFID expert, we were able to reach a solution which is already being implemented in multiple tires that have covered over 30,000 kilometers and have been operating efficiently’.