consistency built into the design.
The availability of information
comes in the form of cataloged refer-
ences, user guides and service reports
that are often available in paper and/or
electronic format. However, in the new
era of the Internet of Things, tooling
providers will make that information
available on-demand. With integrated
chip technology, today’s tools are being
linked to the respective user reference
material located on company servers or
in the cloud. Service history is likewise
being recorded as it is completed. In the
future, all necessary information will be
readily accessed at the machine by op-
erators or read by the machine directly.
A further application of newer advanced machinery and intelligent tools is
the simulation of the machining process
before actual start-up. In this type of
scenario, a 3-D model would be part of
the information on an RFID chip.
This is very useful once tool and
machine communication is established.
Since the exact geometry and dimension
of the tool can be read by the machine,
the software can actually simulate the
machining process. This ensures safety
during tool changes and prevents crash-es due to incorrect programming. This
type of simulation is especially important for processes with higher numbers
of machining steps like in the production windows, doors, and flooring.
Installing a lean culture or embarking
on a lean journey is a decision generally
made at the management level. We have
identified ways where continuous improvement can be initiated through the use of
lean building blocks, with or without total
lean commitment. Tool manufacturing
and servicing companies can be a partner
in these lean initiatives both now, with
more basic tool management strategies,
and in the future by providing intelligent
tools as a part of the Industry 4.0 evolution.
Source: Michael Lind is the CEO of Leitz
Tooling Systems LP. For information call 800-
253-6070 or visit Leitz Tooling.com.
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