App to identify, reduce tool wear
Among the new introductions from Sandvik Coromant at EMO 2019 is an easy-to-use and handy app for analyzing tool wear. The app, available in app stores, represents another step on the journey to digitalization and the Sandvik Coromant ambition to provide the manufacturing industry with ever-higher levels of machining knowledge.
With the free-of-charge tool wear analyzer app, a smartphone is used to take a photo of the wear on a used cutting tool. Users can then browse stored images to compare and find a similar wear type.
Once identified, generic recommendations are received on how to avoid similar wear in future machining operations. For instance, if the user identifies notch wear, the app will list a set of causes that might include sticky and/or work-hardening component materials, approaching with a ~90° entering angle, or the application of geometry that is too negative. With these causes in mind, the actions recommended by the app might include selecting a sharper edge, decreasing the entering angle, or varying the depth of cut. Selecting a CVD-coated grade (for increased wear resistance) or a PVD-coated grade (for flaking and adhesive wear resistance) may be among further recommendations.
For all those selecting or using Sandvik Coromant cutting tools, the new tool wear analyzer app can be used for any machining applications where the cause of tool wear is unclear.
“There are many primary benefits of using our new app,” states Christian Frederiksen, Senior Marketing Platform Specialist at Sandvik Coromant. “These include the ability to make quick adjustments that reduce tool wear, extend in-cut times and lower costs. In addition, the easy-to-use app makes machining knowledge readily available.”