Digital technology that enables tool changes to be triggered by data-driven predictions of tool wear rather than part counts also is opening the door to other opportunities for optimizing production. A look at in-the-field applications shows that advanced tool monitoring is a step toward plant-wide digitalization.
At its core, this highly successful contract manufacturer is a tool and die shop. Its founder, who has the heart and soul (and mind) of a tool maker, imbued his company with the values and the versatility of a tool room. This is his lasting legacy.
Online ordering of a small number of EDM wire in spools encourages small shops to use premium wire types for faster cuts, better results and overall lower cost.
This president of a machining job shop is preparing for the situation to last and focusing on communication and a positive environment for employees.
To minimize interaction, reschedule the work day to place a buffer between shifts.
This shop looks for a systematic convergence of three disciplines in production management.
Many shops acknowledge a spiritual dimension to the business of making things. This awareness of a “higher calling” gives a boost to creativity, productivity, quality, ethics and teamwork.