Cutting Tools The future of manufacturing: A new era of opportunities and challenges

Author / Editor: Barbara Schulz / Barbara Schulz

Israel - As manufacturing becomes more responsive to changing global markets and sustainability issues, successful firms will have to rapidly adapt their physical and intellectual infrastructures to exploit changes in technology. We asked Andrei Petrilin how Iscar prepares for future challenges.

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"Sourcing new skills is not a simple task but we consider it as one of the most important ones." Andrei Petrilin
"Sourcing new skills is not a simple task but we consider it as one of the most important ones." Andrei Petrilin
(Source: Iscar)

ETMM: How are companies in the machining sector approaching sustainability, either recycling or sourcing raw materials, in a more sustainable way?

Petrilin: Generally speaking, we consider sustainability in manufacturing as an approach to production which is based on technological processes that substantially reduce and prevent negative effects on the environment and and make it possible to save natural energy sources. Sustainability today is a feature of advanced manufacturing and places emphasis on adopting resource and energy-saving technologies. Iscar not only introduces these technologies in its own manufacturing facilities, but provides its customers with products that allow for the realisation of sustainable processing methods. We design cutting tools that ensure more stable and smooth cutting actions and active use of chip-splitting effects. Our innovative tools only use a relatively small part of carbide, which decreases the use of the Earth’s natural resources. In addition, Iscar practices recycling of worn and used cemented carbide.

ETMM: How can production be optimised with greater use of information communications technology (ICT)?

Petrilin: Modern information technologies have a strong impact on manufacturing and everyday life. With respect to cutting tools, they open up new options for finding the correct tool and cutting data, simulating machining processes and planning technological processes. Utilising Iscar’s tools in the right way and learning about their advantages (machining intelligently) contributes to manufacturing sustainability.

ETMM: What role does the Internet of Things (IoT) play in that process, for example, intelligent sensors, cyber-physical systems or standardised communication interfaces?

Petrilin: IoT helps make manufacturing become more sustainable. Using intelligent sensors, standardised interfaces between machines, identification devices or computerised networks assists automated production and contributes highly to flexible machining processes. These methods prevent human errors in estimating or measuring and ensure sustainable consumption of energy and resources.