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TOOL IDENTIFICATION 

FOR MACHINE TOOLS USING RFID

ToolConnect is a retrofit hardware and software package for machine tools that eliminates human error and reduces setup time by automating the transfer of CNC tool data to and from the control. The system is completely customizable to meet customer requirements and tool load process specifications.

ToolConnect uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags, embedded in tool holders.  Utilizing a tool presetter, the measurement data is written to the RFID tag.  The tool is then placed in a custom RFID read station at the machine, and the data is read and displayed by ToolConnect. ToolConnect automatically updates tool offsets to the control.  ToolConnect reads and writes data to the CNC control; automatically updating tool offsets and tool life data to (and from) the tag.

BENEFITS

  • Automates the process of loading and unloading tools
  • Reduces setup time
  • Eliminates operator errors
  • Easily integrates with machine tool controls
  • Adapts to your current system
  • Low-cost tool identification
  • Eliminates the need for a post processor

FEATURES

  • Completely customizable and configurable for almost any machine and control type
  • Intuitive operator screens display all tool info and any user-defined information
  • New features and functionality can be added remotely via the web-based interface
  • The UI can be accessed from any network connected PC via the web-based interface
  •  Automatically indexes to the correct tool magazine position (machine/control dependent)
  • If an operator attempts to load an incorrect tool, or a tool in the wrong pot, ToolConnect will alert the operator

SYSTEM INCLUDES

  • ToolConnect software
  • A custom-designed tool pot for the proper tool holder type
  • A tool ID controller with read/write head
  • An 8″ touch screen PC for user prompts and information

Standard control interface for:

  • Fanuc (Focas ½)
  • Okuma P controls
  • Heidenhain
  • Mitsubishi
  • Siemens 840D

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