Automated Controls For Thread Rollers

In addition to process monitoring and machine condition monitoring, IntelligentOne, from Reed Machinery, can read and write data to tooling, including die holders and/or threading dies. Users can now view machine and process conditions and view historic use of tools in inventory using a hand-held reader. The ability to interrogate tooling off-line facilitates tooling inventory, ensures correct selection of tools for given jobs and provides specific information about tool use/life as well as purchase/repair frequency.

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In addition to process monitoring and machine condition monitoring, IntelligentOne, from Reed Machinery, can read and write data to tooling, including die holders and/or threading dies. Users can now view machine and process conditions and view historic use of tools in inventory using a hand-held reader. The ability to interrogate tooling off-line facilitates tooling inventory, ensures correct selection of tools for given jobs and provides specific information about tool use/life as well as purchase/repair frequency. Information is automatically collected about machine tool use and stored both in the machine as well as in the tool. The tool's memory can be activated and read using a hand-held scanner that uses radio frequency technology to "power" the tool, somewhat like using a remote control to open a car door lock or garage door except data is exchanged in both directions with IntelligentOne.

The machine tool system includes a computer, sensor and antenna, all installed in the machine as well as a handheld scanner and tooling with the integrated RFID "tags."

It can be purchased for new thread rollers or retrofitted to older models, including all types of machines manufactured by Reed: high-speed flat die thread rollers, two and three die cylindrical thread rollers and planetary thread rollers.