Digitalisation of processes How transparent data collection helps optimise production

Editor: Alexander Stark

Germany — A clever product from Strack Norma for the digital collection of tool data aims to solve challenges regarding safety, application, and costs in the production in the course of digitalisation.

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The Timtag attached to the tool offers more flexibility when monitoring multiple tools on one machine.
The Timtag attached to the tool offers more flexibility when monitoring multiple tools on one machine.
(Source: Strack Norma)

Converting analogue data and processes in digital formats is on the agenda of many companies. In the context of a networked production this also includes the availability of real-time data from the running production. The aim is collecting data transparently on tools and to draw logical conclusions for the optimisation of the processes, for example with regard to a preventive maintenance. Strack Norma, one of the leading standard suppliers in Europe now offers with its new product series Tim by Strack hard- and software solutions that digitally record such critical data for the first time, not cloud-based, but document them in the company’s own network. In addition, there are further benefits such as versatile application possibilities in tools in the punching- and moulding area, integration of many tools and a good price-performance ratio.

„Many customers are indeed aware of the benefits of the latest digital measurement technology and the pressure to digitize is great “, says Andreas Walter, responsible product manager at Strack Norma, „ but there are concerns about data security, practicability on a permanent basis and running costs.” Therefore, Strack Norma, together with partner companies, has invested a lot of development work in order to be able to offer a convincing concept to solve these important tasks and questions. It is called Tim by Strack, Tim stands for Tool information Monitoring.

The core module, Timlog, mounted either on the tool or machine, depending on the application, creates a life cycle file as well as a data logbook.
The core module, Timlog, mounted either on the tool or machine, depending on the application, creates a life cycle file as well as a data logbook.
(Source: Strack Norma)

Described in a simplified manner, a mounted, so-called Tim box records for example benchmark values such as pressure, temperature, strokes and cycles and documents them in a lifecycle file of the tool. A specially developed software transfers the data directly to the box, where it is visualized via the internal network and can be called up at any workstation. „The data remains in the company itself“, explains Andreas Walter, „it is audit-compliant, indicate for example the next maintenance, and displays which maintenance and how it has to be carried out or reveals anomalies and much more.” This ensures, among other things, security, and data transparency, increases productivity, optimises the maintenance planning, reduces maintenance costs and downtimes.

Another special feature is, says Walter, that a large number of tools can be monitored in the process without having to use a separate system for each individual tool. Therefore, our Timlog core module can also be mounted on the machine and can there collect and use real-time data from so-called Timtags attached to the tools. Since everything can be coupled with each other, noticeable cost savings are achieved”, explains the product manager.

Whether for one or more tools and for companies already using an implemented ERP system: Thanks to these integrated interfaces, Tim by Strack is a safe and well-thought-out choice, “and that at a price that more than amortizes in savings”, adds Andreas Walter.

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