Condition-based tool management for small batch production

Condition-based tool management for small batch production

Categories Zeitschriften/Aufsätze (reviewed)
Year 2014
Authors Denkena, B., Krüger, M., Schmidt, J.:
Published In The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, September 2014, Volume 74, Issue 1-4, S. 471-480.

This paper presents a novel tool management concept for cutting processes which integrates tool relevant information, such as distribution data, tool orders, tool condition, and allocation data, within a centralized information cycle. The developed tool management approach uses decentralized identification and storage technologies, enabling an autonomous cooperation of tools and machine tools within a production. The first part of the paper is focused on the assessment of tool condition in a flexible job shop production. A tool wear monitoring system based on cutting force coefficients is developed and demonstrated by an exemplary milling operation. Thereby, it is shown that cutting force coefficients are suitable for wear monitoring and prediction, even for varying cutting conditions. For the online assessment of the current tool condition and for the prediction of residual tool life, an empirical tool wear model is demonstrated. This is applied to a novel condition-based tool management strategy which enables the optimum exploitation of the life time and performanceof the cutting tool. The developed condition-based tool management concept is finally demonstrated by a Software demonstrator.

DOI 10.1007/s00170-014-6013-2