EMO 2017 Tool management as a factor of success

Author / Editor: Andrea Gillhuber / Andrea Gillhuber

To produce a workpiece correctly, information exchange across process boundaries is necessary. Tool management plays an important role here, for if a tool is missing, production comes to a standstill.

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With the right tool management, the production process can be made more efficient.
With the right tool management, the production process can be made more efficient.
(Source: Sonnenberg)

Technological products are becoming increasingly more complex, and often supposedly minor details decide their acceptance on the market. Decisive factors for product acceptance include price, compatibility, design and product characteristics. To meet these specifications, a holistic approach is necessary. Value engineering is one of the keywords to be mentioned here. Value engineering covers the entire technological development of products – from product development to prototype production, and from quality assurance to series production.

Mikromat, a manufacturer of precision processing machines, is offering customers support with precisely this issue with the operator model Mikromat 4.0. The firm is convinced that only an interplay of human and technological competences can lead to success.


To ensure that a component is of high quality, the mechanical processing must be right. The cutting technology specialist also emphasises in this connection the importance of tool management.

According to the firm, various strategies are conceivable in tool management. The firm’s practical experience in one-off and short-series production shows that it is advantageous to return the entire toolset from the processing machine to the tool service after every completed order. This guarantees the availability of the optimum tool for the process in question. At the same time, only the tool service is qualified to make a decision on whether to put the tool in storage or dismantle it. The combination of optimum tool, optimum tool setting and optimum application in the precision portal is decisive for accuracy. Here, one must also remember to compensate for wear during processing while at the same time conducting cut management (cutters failing).

To retain an overview here, numerous firms offer tool management solutions that constantly look at the tool during product development and processing cycles.