Unique Tool Matching System
Georgi Marinov, Yavor Djonev, and Krassimir Bozhkov, EngView Systems Corp., Montreal, Canada
Track: EXTRUSION EQUIPMENT - Measurement & Diagnostics
ABSTRACT --- Aluminum extruders usually keep an inventory of used backers and bolsters, with the hope of reusing them. However, without a computerized system, finding the right backer or bolster is very difficult and time consuming. Most often, extruders just manufacture a new backer for every new die, although they already have a backer in storage that would fit that die. The EngView ALEX Tool Matching system solves this problem by locating existing backers and bolsters that match the shape of a new die and can be reused. This tool matching tool is a very easy-to-use computerized system that keeps an inventory of all existing backer and bolster shapes, and applies smart pattern matching technology to locate the right ones for reuse. This results in substantial savings of backing tool manufacturing costs.
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