Why Tool Monitoring Systems are Essential in Factory Setups

The success of industrial machinery in a factory depends a great deal on speed and efficiency. These 2 factors are dependent on the tools that are used in the machine. Broken or worn out tools can be huge problems for factory owners. It can lead to the machine breaking down, immense downtime, and excessive expenditure.It is important that such situations be brought to light before they take place. One way of accomplishing this is to use a tool monitoring system.

Tool monitoring systems consist of various systems and sensors, which keep track of the various tooling processes and overall state of the machine. If the system finds that a tool is worn out or will break, it immediately stops the machine.

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Introducing the Techna-Check® TC-USB

USB Side View Drop ShawdowAt Techna-Tool, we know that maintaining tools at the highest level of quality is as important to our customers as it is to us.  Worn and damaged tools can deteriorate tolerances and surface finishes. Missing or broken tools can severely hinder machining performance. Our Techna-Check® Tool Monitoring Systems employ state-of-the-art technology to monitor for broken, worn, and missing tools through spindle power monitoring or vibration analysis. And with over 90,000 systems installed for our clients worldwide since 1990, we have assured our place as a trusted resource for metal-cutting customers.

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Time is Money: How Tool Monitoring Saves Resources

Time is MoneySome manufacturers forgo broken tool monitoring systems because of the upfront costs. They feel that they can get by without it, replacing or repairing broken machinery as necessary. The problem is that you can’t always see the beginning stages of damage. Instead, a problem may not become apparent until there is a major machine failure. When this happens, costs can quickly add up.

At the initial point of failure, the most obvious cost is replacing or repairing the broken tools. What may have been a simple fix if caught early, now requires more extensive work as other parts and tools have likely been damaged as well. The cost of these tool replacements can be very high, but those aren’t the only cost-concerns.

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Time to Schedule Your Annual Check-Up? Tool Monitoring Software Can Help

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June is National Safety Month, the perfect reason to schedule your company’s annual check-up this summer. During the check-up, you’ll want to examine all equipment to make sure it’s operating properly and is in good condition. Worn pieces should be repaired or replaced, and all computer systems should be up-to-date and accurate.

Keep in mind that human error is often behind major problems. Inputting incorrect data or operating machinery in the wrong way can have disastrous consequences. For this reason, it is equally important to check up on user guidelines, proper signage, and staff training.

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Techna-Tool at TECMA2013

Since 1991, TECMA has been Mexico’s only trade show strictly specializing in machine tool technology. Over 260 exhibitors from 16 different countries are expected to gather in Mexico City to show off their latest machine-tool products and share valuable information about the future of the industry.

As a leader in the machine-tool industry, Techna-Tool is excited about attending and exhibiting at TECMA2013. This year’s show, which is being held at Expo Bancomer Santa Fe in Mexico City, will run from March 5-8 and should feature a number of different talks and presentations from some of the biggest names in the industry.

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Will It Blend?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put your iPad into a blender? Maybe the thought intrigues you, or it might possibly make you cringe – but either way, the great folks at BlendTec made quite a splash on YouTube doing just that!

So far over 14 million people have watched Blendtec’s Tom Dickson attempt (and succeed) in this one blending mission. However, the fun doesn’t end there, if you visit BlendTec’s YouTube page there are a plethora of equally interesting and hilarious “Will It Blend?” videos.

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Harley Davidson: American Icon and Techna-Tool Customer

Whoever came up with the name “Motor City” for Detroit clearly never heard the sound of a Harley-Davidson being fired up. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson gives the big Three a run for their money, both on the highway and off. Part motorcycle, part 20th century legend, the signature rumble of these bikes has been heard on highways, boulevards, and at intersections across America for generations now – a working-man’s sonic boom. The subject of endless pop culture tributes in music, film, and television, Harley-Davidson has grown to be as substantive a presence in American iconography as the Empire State Building, or George Washington’s wig.

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Techna-Check: the Low-Down on Our Signature Software Program

Last entry we talked about our BK Mikro series. This time around we wanted to tell you a little about our tool monitoring system known as Techna-Check. We developed our signature program in direct response to what we felt was sorely lacking for many manufacturers: a cost-effective solution that would allow machine line managers to monitor tooling on a moment-by-moment basis.
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Able to fit easily into an electric cabinet, one way that Techna-Check works is by monitoring the spindle power of a given machine. Spindle power is derived by measuring the current and voltage from a spindle or axis motor. A good cutting baseline is measured. Subsequent cuts are then compared to the original, if there’s a discrepancy beyond the baseline limits, Techna-Check will stop the machining process.

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