Automatic tool identification with industrial RFID
Thanks to RFID, the correct data is in the right place at the right time.
The transfer of tool parameters such as tool number, diameter and length to the CNC control ensures optimum tool use and high machine availability. Downtime monitoring and asset management concepts prevent unproductive idling, incorrect assignments and tools that are missing or not sharpened according to schedule.
Tool ID solutions read the current status on the tool and document all data. This enables forecasting for future use. And the quality and efficiency of the production process therefore improve while costs drop and efficiency increases.
With Industrial RFID, you always have the right data in the right place at the right time. And are best positioned for Industry 4.0.
The tool setting device with integrated RFID read/write unit automatically detects the loaded tool based on the tool number. After that, it writes the measured actual tool parameters to the RFID chip on the tool holder.
The unique documentation of all parameters via RFID chip on the tool holder is very expedient. This is because the tool can remain in storage unused for a long time without the data getting lost. If necessary, it can be reused immediately.
Before or during introduction of the tool into the tool spindle, the RFID chip reads in the actual tool parameters. Alternatively, the data can also be read in if tools are loaded into tool storage – chain or magazine.
With both options, all current tool data are transferred in real time to the CNC control.
Decentralized data storage on the RFID chip has the advantage that the tool parameters are always and independently available from the central server.
As the user, you define the extent to which these parameters are stored according to your requirements.
Especially important here: So-called data mapping, which is the storage address organization coordinated between adjusting device, storage management and machine tool. There are various mappings depending on the manufacturer. You can readily use the Balluff mapping suggestion if applicable.