RFID tool identification
11. March 2019
In keeping with the motto "Digitization increases process reliability", KADIA presented a field-proven Industry 4.0 application at the AMB exhibition in Stuttgart: A 2-spindle U line honing machine communicated with XM honing tools via a RFID tag. Important benefits are plausibility checks and the storage of information for later data analysis.
XM honing tools are equipped with read and writeable RFID data memories in which tool-specific identification and geometry data is stored. When installing the tools in the honing spindle, the information is transferred to the HMC100 machine control within seconds. The advantages: manual entries are eliminated and errors are avoided. For example, a plausibility check ensures that the honing tools match the spindle and the machining program. Furthermore, the unambiguous tool identification enables an end-to-end traceability of the honing process.
Statistically relevant data are recorded and can be displayed and saved at any time with the aid of an appropriate software. For this purpose, KADIA developed an application with built in Tool-ID database for an easy administration and analysis of tooling information.
The KADIA trade fair team held numerous discussions on this topic and received a lot of positive feedback.
A YouTube video shows impressions of KADIA's trade fair presence.
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