New Presetter Option, SPI, Speeds Up Data Transfer to the Machine Center
By Metal Center News Staff
on Sep 23, 2020
The SPERONI SPI (Simple Post Interface) is the newest of Hoffman Estates-based BIG KAISER's Industry 4.0 upgrades to its offering of tool presetting solutions. SPI dramatically reduces the time and steps needed to transfer precise and accurate tool measurements to a machine tool.
“For those looking to enhance their return on investment beyond what a presetter already provides, SPI is a great option,” said Jim Mayer, TMS manager at BIG KAISER. “It eliminates a handful of opportunities for human error and reduces set up times even further.”
As opposed to measuring, printing a label and punching the data into the control, SPI prints a tool label with a QR code at the presetter that’s then read by the SPI module at the machine control. The system can also be configured to send measurements directly into the tool NC’s offset table.
While SPI doesn’t need to be paired with the INTELLIGO Tool Management solution to work on all BIG KAISER-offered presetters, the combination unlocks more features. It allows for monitoring of tool count going in and out of machines and allows the tooling or setup manager to monitor tool life remotely. Managers can easily identify tools that need attention or need to be replaced for continued performance.
SPI is available for controls such as Okuma, Fanuc, Heidenhain, Siemens and Mitsubishi.