Cutting tools & lean
You don’t have to be on a full-blown
“Lean Journey” to embrace the building
blocks of lean.
By Michael Lind
Like all companies committed to continuous improvement, you can positively impact your business by implementing fundamental lean manufacturing concepts. Here are a few ways that your tooling provider can help you.
Tool manufacturers issue unique part numbers to every piece
of tooling and follow strictly to the issuance of new part numbers
any time there is a change to form, fit or function of a tool or
component. Through tool management by a competent vendor,
all related information including tool drawings, spare part lists,
machine-line layouts should be kept in organized physical and
or electronic files. In this way, correct replacement parts can be
ordered efficiently and on-time, and issues can be identified and
solved rapidly with the proper information at hand.
The latest development in tool management is the evolution
of intelligent tooling. Available today are tools with Embedded
Chip Technology, RFID Devices and Integrated QR Codes.
Through this technology, all types of information about indi-
vidual tools can be gathered and accessed directly from the tool.
In the case of an embedded chip, the information stays with the
tool. With a QR code information is accessed from company or
cloud databases when the QR code has been scanned. Tool orga-
nization is just the beginning considering the coming advance-
ments with the so-called “Smart Factory” and Industry 4.0.
Processes in woodworking are becoming more complex and
sophisticated all the time. The increasing diversity of material
and surfaces require very specific machining requirements. Additionally, new approaches to batch-one production are ramping
up the need to understand what is happening in the machining
environment at all times.
With the risk of mistakes so high, it is critical to rely on the
proper offsets and reference points provided with tools after
each service; and tool systems, like insert tools, that have fail-safe