Automated tool management
Automated tool management

Using tools efficiently and always knowing what is happening

Automated tool management using RFID means efficiency and high machine availability. Tools can be optimally utilized and are always functional when used. This is because RFID automatically selects worn out tools or shunts them over for sharpening. And for each deployment RFID makes sure the correct tool is selected. Scrap is reduced and productivity increased.

Automated tool management gives you a continuous overview of the tool circuit through the system. You get all the data in real-time, so you can identify every individual tool. You know its tool life and exactly when and how it was used at which location. This transparency lets you track every step and optimize your planning.

Many companies take advantage of the opportunity to retrofit and upgrade. Or they decide on the purchase of new equipment and solicit bids from those machine builders who have already integrated such technologies. To be ready for the IIoT.

Tool-ID solutions

Tool-ID solutions assure you of optimal tool utilization. Tool-ID automatically detects all the tool parameters you have defined (tool number, tool diameter, tool length, number of cuts, ...), stores them directly on the tool or sends them to the controller.

Tool-ID checks the current tool status, documents all the data and, thereby, enables a prognosis for future utilization. This is highly beneficial for you as the user, since this not only increases the quality and efficiency of your production process, but also reduces your costs and improves profitability.

Tool-ID from Balluff offers you complete solutions for your tool management and easily retrofittable versions for tool identification. Plug-and-play makes optimal tool utilization easy.

Tool-ID-Lösungen
Tool-ID-Lösungen

Application examples

  • Tool presetting

    With BIS Industrial RFID systems

    The solution

    The tool presetter with built-in RFID read/write unit uses the tool number to automatically know which tool has been inserted. It then writes the measured actual tool parameters to the RFID chip embedded in the tool holder.

    The features

    • No more manually kept, error-prone tool logs
    • No incorrect tool assignments
    • Reduced scrap since the tool is always in the best condition
    Tool presetting
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  • Documenting tool data

    With BIS Industrial RFID systems

    The solution

    Having the unique documentation of all the tool parameters on the RFID chip in the tool holder is of great value. In this way the tool attached to it can remain in storage for any length of time without its data getting lost. When needed again, the tool is immediately ready for use.

    The features

    • Unambiguous tool assignment
    • All tool data are available at any time
    • The tool is always in optimal condition
    • Higher productivity
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  • Communicating with the CNC controller

    With BIS Industrial RFID systems

    The solution

    Before or when the tool is introduced into the spindle, the RFID chip reads out the actual tool parameters. Alternately the data can be read in when tools are placed in the tool store chain or magazine. In both cases the CNC controller gets all the current tool data in real time.

    The features

    • Optimal tool utilization because it is reworked at the right time
    • Reduced storage levels
    • Lowers costs
    Communicating with the CNC controller
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  • Organizing data mapping

    With BIS Industrial RFID systems

    The solution

    The advantage of decentralized data retention on the RFID chip is that tool parameters are available continuously and independent of the central server. The user can define to what extent this data is stored according to his specific requirements. Also important: so-called data mapping, i.e. organization of memory addresses coordinated between the presetter, inventory management and machine tool.

    The features

    • Handles many different requirements: wide spectrum of data carriers in various form factors and different memory types

    Different methods of mapping are available depending on the manufacturer. If needed you can also use the Balluff mapping system. Would you like to learn more? Contact us: tool-id@balluff.de.

    Organizing data mapping
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