The trend towards Industry 4.0 and the digitalization is unmistakable. Everywhere we look, information technology is increasingly finding its way into our lives and determine our daily routine. Even in our industry segment, systems are growing together, communications and interfaces are established. They are the best condition for the DIGITALIZED TWIN of the tools.
Management by slips of paper
Today, the processes are mainly characterized by manual procedures and data collection. The tool data are stored and maintained in local systems which work independently of one another, such as paper forms, ERP systems or Excel lists. A tool is often accompanied by a so-called accompanying document where the respective technical nominal and measured data, drawings, etc. can be found. As soon as the tool is taken out of the packaging, it is often difficult to transmit the tool data to and into the machine. Every production planner and machine operator knows the sources of error and the amount of work. Up to now, this kind of tool management was, for lack of other possibilities, almost without alternative.
Management by a digital twin in the cloud
In the future, a digital image of this tool will be created in parallel over the complete LifeCycle. That means that a digital twin of the true cutting tool is created for the entire service life. Such a documentation had not previously been possible.
At LIGNA 2017, LEUCO will present this new digital tool management solution including a functional app as a Beta version. From the master data creation to all processes in the customer's plant (stock management, machine data collection, etc.), all data are stored in the data cloud.