With more than 35 years of experience, Metawell GmbH produces and develops aluminium sandwich panels and lightweight components in Neuburg in Germany. The modern production technologies only run efficiently if the tool management is consistent. Therefore, Metawell uses the digital material and tool management twinio.
Manuel Wallesch from Metawell talks about his experiences with twinio.
The topic digitization is crucial, especially regarding the information flow within the production. For us, it is essential to reduce non-productive time, to keep track of building components, and to connect the different process steps.
Before the introduction of digital tool management twinio, we had "analog" data holders on the HSK holders with information on length, tool number and radius. These data information plates were inserted into a register on the tool changer so that you knew what was in the changer at any given moment.
A major pain point was the tedious search for tools that are not standard in the machines but are used by several machines. We really lacked an overview of the current storage locations, such as the tool cabinet.
Only with the digital tool management system twinio, we finally gained an overview of the storage locations, the condition of the tools, and information directly from the tool supplier.
The challenges had been identified quickly. Luckily, there had not been many hurdles. Once we had created the tool data and storage locations in the system, we had to determine which hardware would be used to retrieve the information in twinio, i.e. the tablet, smartphone or browser on the PC.
Then, we already started to create the QR code and labeled the data holders on the HSK images. Our team was convinced of the importance of twinio and adopted digital tool management after the first quick steps quickly. After all, it is a real benefit for our production.
I can also imagine that in some companies the restructuring of the tool database is still a "tidying-up task" before getting started with twinio.
I think that three areas were decisive for the positive introduction of twinio tool management in our company:
The entire CNC department with the CNC tools is central for us because the management of tools, from aggregates to clamping templates, should be digitally mapped and managed in twinio.
In addition, the tool management can be used everywhere where various important tools are used by several workstations. For example, in final assembly, where the router, magnetic column drill or circular saw is often required.
twinio tool management works on any hardware, as it only needs to be opened in any internet browser. Thus, it will also work via the browser on the machine. However, we have decided to use tablets, which we installed for each machine anyway. With these tablets, we additionally use further tapio applications, like ServiceBoard.
Moreover, the tablet camera enables the QR scan function in order to capture the tool easily and quickly. Furthermore, we plan to use further digital applications in production. Thus, purchasing the hardware seemed necessary anyway.
As the costs of the data holders and matching stickers are not worth mentioning. The tablets as hardware component were needed anyway, and the monthly twinio basic license gives us a transparent overview and flexibility, because we can adapt the basic license according to our own needs with tool and material add-on packages. Therefore, we did not have a high investment overall.
Yes, the profitability speaks for itself as search times are reduced massively.
We use iPads on all machines.
In the future it would be good if there is a way to organize and define the roles in twinio. For example, a person who is allowed to create and archive tools and another person who, for example, "only" can change storage locations.
With the help of twinio, our search times have dropped to almost zero. Thanks to the search function in twinio, the current storage location can be found quickly. All tools that are not standard in the tool changers have been equipped with a data holder. This label shows data such as length, radius, tool number and the corresponding QR code. This allows the tool and the new storage location to be quickly selected in the digital tool management twinio.
The digital, mobile tool management beats the old, analogue version of the tool management by far.
Thank you, Manuel Wallesch, for the insights and your shared experience with the twinio tool management. We conducted the interview in summer of 2020 and incorporated the feedback into the further development of twinio.
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