SUNConferences, COMA '13

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Resource Consumption Calculation Tool to Enhance Efficiency in Production Processes
Martin Hienzsch, Robert Schmitt, Günther Schuh, Thomas Kühn, Nicolas Komorek

Last modified: 2013-08-20

Abstract


Today overall price of a production process, in
particular the price of resources, energy and labour, is
increasing. This affects the whole European industry, especially
tool-makers, their suppliers and customers. The development
jeopardizes their competitiveness against those industries from
low-wage countries and increases the importance of recycling.
This has an impact on both tool-makers and producers, since
tools are an integral element in every production system. Thus
the tool industry’s efficiency needs to be improved to meet future
challenges. While there are many approaches to optimizing
resource management in general, none of them particularly
regards tools, thus leaving their tremendous potential untapped.
To provide competitiveness in the international field of tooling,
there are four major scopes to improve: Development, toolmaking
process, application and recycling. To this end, WZL
Aachen, Germany and its research partner IFT Vienna, Austria
are developing a Resource Consumption Calculation Tool
(RCCT) which will allow for a prognosis of resource
consumption, relating to a tool’s entire life cycle. To ensure
significance, in a first step a tool’s life cycle is analysed.
Afterwards all identified interdependencies between parameters
are stored in a knowledge base on the one hand to support the
development of new manufacturing technologies and on the other
to facilitate the functionalization of materials and surfaces. The
RCCT offers competitive advantages to the European tool
industry, as it provides a calculation of possible savings based on
input data, i.e. certain limits or usage conditions such as
frequency or life-time. This leads to an overall costs reduction
regarding all of the four major scopes and helps them to
distinguish themselves from their competitors, especially from
those from low-wage countries. In particular, tool manufacturers
are enabled to sell products of higher value while tool users have
more information concerning resource consumption.

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