Challenge Tool Changer
Several connections are required between the fixed machine component and the tools if the latter are to be changed during production: as well as being connected mechanically, the two components also need to transmit power and I/O data.
For this reason, the electrical connections require multi-pin plug connectors and multi-core cables. These connections are placed under heavy strain by the high frequency of the mating cycles and must guarantee a high level of contact reliability. The consequences are high purchasing costs and production downtimes due to wear and tear. One alternative solution is to use contactless inductive couplers to transmit data and power. Via IO-Link (Application Specific Tag) new tools can be identified contactless by NIC couplers and TBIL-I/O-hub.
- Reduced changeover times by automated changing of molds during the process
- Reduced standstill due to wear-free energy and data transmission
- The combination of I/O hub and inductive coupler transmits up to 16 switching signals
- The workpiece carrier can be identified using the I/O hub