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Digitalization in toolmaking: The era of smart tools

Digitalization in toolmaking is a trend that is becoming a necessity. It opens up a whole array of options for boosting effectiveness. Almost a third of toolmaking companies are already actively involved in digitalizing tools in toolmaking. Read our blog post to find out more about the far-reaching changes and opportunities this transformation brings.

Why is the digitalization of tools in toolmaking on the increase?

Flexible automation and resource availability planning are today critical to a company’s success. Companies that want to manufacture successfully need optimized business processes. Digitalization in toolmaking is a key element here because it enables more efficient and precise production by implementing advanced technologies. Digitalization not only makes tools perform better and makes them more versatile, it also makes it easier to collect and analyze data from the whole supply chain. With the right IT applications, access to information end-to-end from the supply chain provides company management with a sound basis for making decisions.

How is digitalization implemented in toolmaking?

With the help of IoT solutions, the digitalization of toolmaking tools is becoming a reality for the supply chain. The aim is to turn traditional “analog” tools into “smart connected things.” This is made possible by our condition monitoring system for injection moulding tools. Our specially developed technology makes it possible to visualize each tool’s

Data communication using the GSM network is available globally. The system is installed using plug & play.

Data availability is the most important factor for developing a digitalization strategy for SMEs. Opening up information sources to all process participants creates opportunities for greater transparency and efficiency.

The advantages of digitalization in toolmaking

The introduction of digital tools, in particular through IoT, has brought a wide range of advantages:

Optimized life cycle management

We use IoT concepts to give both OEMs as well as processors access to life cycle management. The result: Digital tools enable improved monitoring and maintenance, extending service life.

More agile collaboration

Working together becomes more responsive and proactive when it comes to maintaining tools.

Increased productivity

Automated processes reduce manual intervention and increase efficiency

What is the ultimate goal?

The ultimate goal for OEMs and digitalization in toolmaking is to achieve complete transparency and improved tool maintenance processes.

The next phase is tracking data to the point where not only status but also performance can be monitored.

This does not mean that the processors are monitored, but that a focus is placed on working together and exchanging information. This allows processors and OEMs to react in the same way. Managers are automatically informed of any deviations from the norm at an early stage. Automated messages shorten response time in the supply chain to give industrialization managers the opportunity to intervene early if problems arise.

The role of the tool manufacturer is crucial here, as they are the people who design the mould and install sensors in the various parts of each tool. The mould is then sent to the processor, who develop the process and manufacture components that are needed by the supply chain.

As soon as sensors are embedded, working together becomes essential. This is not only about the design of the mould, but also about involving people in the discussion to ensure understanding of

That is why people are a key element, as we see it, in the digitalization of toolmaking. There are 3 groups involved: OEMs, suppliers, and toolmakers. All 3 groups need to keep in touch with each other. That has always been the challenge.

Conclusion

If you want to be successful, you have to work together. Ultimately, digitalization in toolmaking is on the rise for the following reasons:

  1. Increase efficiency: By using digital technologies, many manual and time-consuming processes can be automated. As an OEM, you can benefit from transparency in the supply chain. Monitoring the condition of tools, if done at all, is a time-consuming – often manual – process. However, if you use our technology, much of this process can be automated.

  2. Save costs: Digital inventory management systems enable optimized material planning and inventory management. This avoids overstocking and bottlenecks.

  3. Integrate data and processes: Digitalization makes it possible to record and analyze data throughout the toolmaking process. By integrating data from sources such as manufacturing and quality assurance, companies gain insights to improve processes. Data analysis and AI technologies help identify trends. Problems can also be detected at an early stage to eliminate downtime and increase productivity.