Easy Tool-ID from Balluff for Tool Management


Balluff offers Easy Tool-ID for economical entry level solution for tool management which prevents wrong tool allocation or tools from missing therby increasing production efficiency.


Using Balluff’s industrial RFID technology, Easy Tool-ID Easy  helps in optimizing the service time utilization of the tools. In addition, scrap and rework due to excessive use of tools are virtually eliminated.


The product is simple to retrofit and stands out with easy installation and configuration. A USB port (keyboard expander) on the machine tool and a presetter are all that is required. The data are written via RFID technology from the presetter to the tool and then passed on through the Easy Tool-ID system to the machine tool. Manual entry is eliminated. Setup times and the risk of incorrect entries are significantly reduced. The system consists of a tool stand with integrated read/write head, a processor unit, a microcontroller and the power supply.


Balluff has made the solution’s handling and functioning easy.  At the tool presetter, each tool is measured and its data, such as diameter and radius, are written on the data carrier on the tool shank. The user simply brings the tool to the machine, places it in the tool holder and presses a key. The system then emulates the key input and automatically reads the data with the Balluff Tool-ID through the keyboard interface to the machine controller.


The cost effective solution has enabled modernising and upgrading of even existng machines.