The Matrix Tool Magazine’s fourposition revolving disk keeps the next tool ready and waiting for a machine’s toolchanger arm. This eliminates any delay, even after a short machining cycle.
Machine operators also can access a fully secure carousel-style rack to load tools without interrupting magazine operation. A high-speed servo-driven transfer robot then delivers tools to the work area.
As a stationary tool-storage rack, the Matrix allows shops to tool up their Toyoda (www.toyoda.com) horizontal machining centers for more part numbers, keep back-up tools on hand and eliminate time-consuming trips to the toolroom.
The system accommodates as many as 500 tools, and a compact version holds 184 tools. Maximum tool lengths handled are 21.6 in., maximum diameters are 9.84 in., and maximum tool weights are 59.4 lb.
Features that make the Matrix easy to use include PC-based software, tool identification and monitoring, and OP Supporter software. The magazine’s compact design houses an array of tools in a footprint about the same height as the machine tool itself.
PC-based software shows a layout of the entire Matrix magazine, with easy-to-use touch-screen navigation. A second touch on any tool displays detailed information and an image for that specific tool.
The magazine controller reads the part program to pre-select and display the needed tools. Continuous monitoring the magazine, loading station and revolver keeps track of every tool.
Toyoda’s OP Supporter software enhances tool management by providing a convenient overview of the magazine at the machine CNC. This confirms that the right subprograms and tools are ready for each job. Tool change speed is automatically adjusted according to weight for optimal cycle time.