Balluff Offers Industrial Tool ID SystemsMarch 1, 2012
"Automatic tool identification with Balluff's industrial RFID systems provides an improved option over risky manual or barcode-based tool ID and tracking methods," said a company spokesperson. "RFID-based automatic tool identification, tracking and management can provide cost savings and a return on investment (ROI) in as fast as six months. Tool ID replaces the method of manually transferring and entering tool data between presetter and machining center. These systems are designed to ensure the greatest possible tool utilization, less inventory, highest efficiency, minimal machine downtime and a significant reduction in scrap with maximum, consistent quality.
"Tools always carry their individual data with them like a pedigree so they can be optimally used and managed. With Industrial RFID tags embedded in the tool holder, tools are optimally utilized by ensuring precise, up-to-date tool life information and accurate transferring tool offset data between presetter, machine, tool crib, etc. The nominal/actual wear is accurately logged and maintained with the tool and can be kept in a tool database which allows continuous, automatic monitoring and in turn maximum tool utilization.
"Balluff's tool ID systems are designed to provide complete tool data without physical contact, making them virtually maintenance-free. Information such as tool pocket location can be recalled at any time, even after removal from the tool magazine, since the information is always located on the tool itself. This data is never lost since paper and labels have been eliminated. While locating or replacing a tool, the tool data is sent electronically, avoiding the method of manually typing the data into the machine center that can cause tool underutilization or even machine center damage. With the automation of tool data entry, machine uptime can be improved, maximizing operation uptime.
"Balluff's Industrial RFID is reliable in storing and transferring complete tool information. This means nominal tool life or wear of the tools cannot be inadvertently exceeded, which would negatively affect quality.
"Balluff Industrial RFID based tool ID systems provide the analysis data for exact cost calculations and inventory control. A tool's life can be accurately predicted for a customer's individual application and inventory can be maintained on a just in time basis. This allows for better forecasting while lowering overhead tool costs."
For more information contact:
8125 Holton Drive
Florence, KY 41042