The Davoli & Tesauri company was founded in 1975 and has always been involved in the processing of precision hydraulic products, valves and cast iron and steel distributors, for important companies in the Reggio Emilia area.
The recent growth of automation within many production processes and continuous research to increase manufacturing efficiency, supported by incentives for investments in Industry 4.0, has allowed engineering companies and other associated sectors to equip themselves with network infrastructures for the transmission of data to and from machine tools: the final goal is for optimized production management and more effective control of the associated costs.
In this context, the management and control of tool offsets and data between the presetting machine and the machining center finds a natural application.
“The current market requires us to be more and more efficient, to reduce production and flexible costs, whilst also being able to quickly change the codes in production, in order to meet the supply needs of our customers. It’s fundamental to reduce the machine setup time and the risk of operator error to achieve these objectives. For this reason, we have searched the market for those technological solutions to be used to negate the periods when the machines do not produce chips”, says Mr. Davoli.
“One of the activities, which in our organization and with our production orders used resources without chips production, was the preparation of tools, especially for machine tooling changes ", continues the business owner," and, with consultancy by Elbo Controlli NIKKEN, we have been able to drastically reduce machine tooling times and eliminate errors during the loading of tool offsets."
WHAT DOES THE SOLUTION PROPOSED BY ELBO CONTROLLI NIKKEN ALLOW YOU TO DO?
“The TID tool identification system, developed by Elbo Controlli NIKKEN, allows us to transfer the tool offsets measured and preset in the tool room, directly to the machine tool, without interrupting the machining and without any possibility of writing errors. The operator must never manually write or input any number or code with a keyboard."
WHAT CAN THE TID SYSTEM DO, BESIDES TRANSFERRING THE TOOL OFFSETS TO THE MACHINES?
“TID identifies the tools through a unique code (TID code), to which all the technological data of the tool can be associated: radius offsets, length offsets, tool wear and tool life, etc. Another significant advantage is that the data is also automatically updated on the TID system, even if during the machining the operator corrects the tool wear directly in the tool table of the machine's NC.”
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE ELBO CONTROLLI NIKKEN TID SYSTEM?
“After purchasing the Hathor SIX presetter machine and solving most of the problems related to tool presetting and sending data to the machine, one last step was missing: tool identification and traceability. Elbo Controlli NIKKEN presented the TID system to us and, after an initial analysis, they managed to satisfy our needs.”
HAVE YOU ACHIEVED THE GOAL OF REDUCING MACHINE SETUP TIMES?
“Of course. We were able to make the tool preparation process more efficient and halve the time with the consultancy of Elbo Controlli NIKKEN. In addition, we have increased productivity, thereby reducing production costs. The operators feel more confident in what they are doing, as there is no longer the risk for any error during tool preparation."
ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH HOW ELBO CONTROLLI NIKKEN FOLLOWED YOU IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM?
“In addition to the quality and flexibility of the TID system offered by Elbo Controlli NIKKEN, the expertise of the technicians in offering 360° advice on tool management within our production workshop was invaluable."
The sharing of objectives and synergy which flow between the software development, mechanics and electronics teams make the creation of integrated tool management systems possible. Elbo Controlli NIKKEN constantly strives to produce better “user friendly” solutions which make our customers everyday activities easier and faster.
TID is a reliable, secure and flexible system. Seeing is believing.