Wednesday 16 October 2013

Tool coding using Industrial RFID!

Tool identification using Balluff Industrial RFID increases efficiency, as it makes incorrect tool allocation or missing tools a thing of the past. All the tool-relevant data are stored without contact on a data carrier embedded in the tool holder. Automatic loading into the system memory means all the data are always correct and up-to-date. Because the data are continuously updated when the tool is loaded and unloaded. In modern production facilities this ensures maximum tool utilization and high machine uptime.

The established basis for tool identification systems is state-of-the-art RFID technology. Balluff identification systems are suitable for industrial use and designed for extreme loads from shock and vibrations and electromagnetic, thermal or chemical effects.

BIS C was the first RFID-based identification solution that ensures reliable data transfer, even in the area surrounding metallic materials. As part of tool management systems, it enables automatic transfer of the tool parameters, which substantially reduces non-productive time at the machine. This does not include the time and personnel savings for provision of tools and equipment and optimal utilization of the tool life. Scrap and rework due to excessive use of tools are virtually eliminated. Additional rationalization effects include easier organization of tools and equipment, greater production assurance and avoidance of errors, for example due to incorrect inputs or mixed-up tools.

The core components of the Balluff identification systems BIS are robust data carriers in miniature design, a read/write head and a processor unit. In complex tool management solutions, they are also used in configuration and measurement devices, where, according to current practice, the first programming of the data carrier with identification and geometric data takes place.

Balluff identification systems are available in a wide variety of versions Experience has shown that the investment pays for itself within a year or two.

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