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Entry Level Tool Management Solution

Tool identification using Balluff Industrial RFID is designed to increase production efficiency. This enables optimizing the service time utilization of the tools. "In addition, scrap and rework due to excessive use of tools are virtually eliminated. Easy Tool-ID offers an economical entry into tool management. It is simple to retrofit and stands out with easy installation and configuration," said a company spokesperson.

All that is required is a USB port (keyboard expander) on the machine tool and a presetter. The data is written via RFID technology from the presetter to the tool and then passed on through the Easy Tool-ID system to the machine tool. Manual entry is eliminated. Set-up times and the risk of incorrect entries are reduced. The system consists of a tool stand with integrated read/write head, a processor unit, a microcontroller and the power supply.

The solution's handling and functional principle is designed for ease of use: at the tool presetter, each tool is measured and its data, such as diameter and radius, are written on the data carrier on the tool shank. The user simply brings the tool to the machine, places it in the tool holder and presses a key. The system then emulates the key input and automatically reads the data with the Balluff Tool-ID through the keyboard interface to the machine controller. Manual, error-prone entry is thus eliminated. "This means that even existing machines can be modernized and upgraded with a cost-effective tool ID solution," said the spokesperson.

For more information contact:

Balluff Inc.

8125 Holton Drive

Florence, KY 41042


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