Rainhouse Manufacturing Canada and The National Research Council Canada Collaboration on Developing Smart Machining Tools for Advanced Manufacturing
Rainhouse Manufacturing Canada is partnering with the National Research Council – Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies Center (NRC-AMTC) and key members of the Swedish manufacturing industry on the ToolSense project to develop smart tools for metal and tool cutting. These smart tools created from the ToolSense initiative will provide information and feedback from thin-film and nano-sized semiconductor device manufacturing nodes that will be located both on the tool and on the platform.
The ToolSense project work is highly cutting edge and could improve machining processes across the Industry, which is estimated to be worth US $9.3 billion in North America and $61.9 billion globally in 2018.
The Computer Numerical Control Machine Industry
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machines are used in automotive, aerospace and defense, power and energy, construction equipment, and industrial sectors to perform multiple operations that create low cost and precise parts. The different types of machines that fall under the CNC title perform functions to include lathes, milling, cutting, drilling, lasers, grinding, winding, and welding machines.CNC machines already provide numerous benefits to large manufacturing industries, such as decreasing operating costs and improving overall production efficiency with advanced and accurate tools that meet the needs of machining and manufacturing processes. The ToolSense project aims to further increase the performance capabilities of CNC machines to create a future of machining and manufacturing with even higher precision and accuracy.
What is the project about?
This project aims to develop functional and smart tooling for manufacturing. The sensors in these smart tooling will provide beneficial data for many types of machining operations and scientific enquiries. They will specifically provide quantitative thermal and mechanical data about the process during metal cutting. By integrating sensors into commercial tools and creating a supportive infrastructure, the project will deliver viable products for use in industry and academia. Industry will benefit from improved process control, which will lead to cost savings. With the gained high-resolution time and position data, scientific progress may also be expected on the phenomena involved, while simultaneously advancing machining R&D.
What will the Swedish partners do in this project?
LUND focuses on the design of tools with integrated thermal sensors for varied manufacturing processes and applications. This includes development of industrially relevant thermal sensors for stationary and rotating tools and checking their accuracy and robustness against other laboratory-established temperature measuring techniques.
SECO Tools (SECO) will use the results directly to manufacture the novel smart tools and tooling systems as an addition to their product range of tools, dies and tooling systems for advanced manufacturing applications. AccuSvenska also plans to use the knowledge and experience from the project to extend their product range, by optimising their cooling and lubrication solutions. Purmo aims to implement Smart Tooling from this project, within its machining processes, to take the next step in automation towards unmanned production, providing a competitive edge through cost reduction and more accuracy.