Tool coding
Tool coding

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.

Application examples

  • Tool presetting

    Automatic tool detection on the adjusting device with integrated RFID unit

    The solution

    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 features

    • Automatically detect tool
    • Write actual tool parameters to RFID chip on the tool holder
    Metal machining, adjusting tools
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  • Documenting tool data

    Parameters on RFID chip make the tool usable at any time

    The solution

    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.

    The features

    • Unique documentation of all parameters
    • Data do not get lost
    • Tool, if currently unused, can be reused at any time
    Metal machining, documenting tool data
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  • Communicating with the CNC controller

    Transfer tool data to the controller in real time

    The solution

    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.

    The features

    • Read in tool parameters when the tool is introduced or when the tools are loaded into tool storage
    • Transfer tool data in real time to CNC control
    Metal machining, informing CNC control
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  • Organizing data mapping

    Balluff Mapping for your requirements

    The solution

    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.

    Metal machining, organizing data mapping
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