The ever-increasing challenges and demands on toolmaking require a restructuring within the industry.
Automation is the only way to change the industry from a handicraft oriented one to an industrial one with state-of-the-art technologies.
In the first step of the industry project, the scientists discuss and analyze the relevant prerequisites for the goal of an automated toolmaking industry. The most diverse and latest technologies will be considered. As a result, the flow of data and information is then analyzed concretely within industrialized tool manufacturing. Based on the results, potential problems regarding implementation and interfaces can be identified.
In the second phase of the project, the researchers at Fraunhofer IPT are working with the Werkzeugbau Akademie Aachen to develop a selection process for choosing a suitable automation hardware. In the development and definition of this process, the technological and economic aspects are also taken into account.
In a further step, a calculation tool can then be realized for the evaluation of investment alternatives, especially taking into account monetary and qualitative factors.
The researchers create a holistic view of automation concepts for an automated tool shop, taking into account the technologically and economically decisive aspects.