Tire manufacturers need to inspect their tire grooves with its sharp angles and hard geometry. High quality tires are usually made out of black rubber which is more challenging to measure due to its low reflection signal. The problem becomes even more challenging when there are paint marks on the tire which are a different color, with a different back signal. The Optimet sensors provide both SNR parameter and also “Total”, which is the amount of light used by the detector on every surface. Both in R&D sections and on the manufacturing floor, engineers are using sensors to monitor the tire erosion, and to better understand the effects of sipes geometry on the tire’s performance.