The potency of remote maintenance and customer assistance – especially harnessing the power of smartphones – has never been demonstrated more forcibly than during the past year when the coronavirus pandemic has forced lockdowns across the globe.
The argument for the adoption of automation is unquestionable: automation not only fills any gaps in (and not necessarily always replaces) appropriately skilled human resources, but it also enables repetitive jobs to be consistently performed to the same high level, minute by minute, day by day. Nor does automation need to sleep and it doesn’t have refreshment breaks or holidays.
Tool inspection and manufacture has been made more efficient by the use of new cleaning and laser marking facilities on Walter’s Helicheck Plus and Helicheck Pro measuring machines’ robot loader system.
Informative technical presentations on Walter and Ewag tool grinding, erosion and laser processes – available in the UK from Walter Ewag UK – were among the array of technology treats displayed and discussed at the United Grinding Group’s three-day Grinding Symposium 2019 in Thun, Switzerland, where more than 1,500 visitors attended.
While nobody can envisage what the world market for polycrystalline diamond (PCD) tooling will be, it is certain to grow – especially as the use of carbon fibre and carbon aluminium ‘stacks’ increases in the aerospace and automotive sectors.
CNC control system functionality on all modern-day Walter Helitronic tool grinding/erosion machines can now be cost-effectively upgraded to achieve up to 60% reductions in program calculation times, depending on the complexity of the tools being processed.