TOM: monitoring unit for the tightening cycle.
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much more profitable.
It’s now even easier to achieve quick and accurate assembly thanks to TOM: the monitoring unit which, when used in conjunction with screwdrivers, speeds up the working processes and provides real time control over the progress of the tightening process. The operator can therefore move on to the next stage more quickly and work cycles take less time, brining benefits in terms of time saved which of course translates into profitability.
TOM supervises the tightening operations and helps operators; work is checked instantly and without any room for error.
TOM helps you to work more efficiently and more quickly, time wasted is cut to the minimum and performance is increased.
Immediate Start and
Just a few seconds and TOM is ready to use. It starts up immediately and everything that appears on the display is easy to read and understand. The operator can therefore get straight to work and make the most of a system that is simple to use and set up, which checks the tightening operation in real time, avoiding the need for any post-process controls.
35% time saving
If you want to work even more efficiently and quickly with TOM, just use it in conjunction with the automatic screw feeding screwdrivers in the EasyDriver range. That way, work cycle decreases by 35% and productivity increases: the return on your investment is guaranteed.
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Handy and quick
Working comfortably not only brings positive results on the health of operators, but also on their work output. By connecting TOM to the telescopic arms equipped with a position detection device that allows you to work while maintaining correct ergonomics, controlling the various positions of the screwdriver on the different tightening points and so the working process is even more efficient.
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Work better, work more.
Having TOM at your side not only brings more peace of mind but is also an enormous help: being able to immediately check assembly makes the job much easier; eliminating post-process controls cuts down time and the tightening counter makes it possible to schedule maintenance in order to keep the machines working properly at all times. This results in efficient production cycles and an assembled product quality that is second to none.
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No more machine supervision
In the past, operators have always had to remain focussed on supervising the machine, but now that TOM takes care of all the monitoring, they can just supervise the overall process. The quality of the end product therefore increases, regardless of the abilities of the individual operator, and each component will be tightened to perfection.
Checking work shift efficiency
Want to know how efficient a work shift has been? Nothing is simpler and more immediate thanks to TOM. At the end of each work shift a precise and complete report can be obtained, with all the exact statistics in order to check and keep production efficiency under control at all times.
Working with efficient tools makes the work quicker and better. TOM’s built-in counter for completed tightening operations keeps the operator informed of the number of cycles and so screwdriver maintenance can be scheduled to ensure they are always performing to the very best of their capacity.
No post-process controls
The cost of post-process controls can be forgotten forever. TOM carries out all the checks in real time while tightening is taking place, and so there is no need to repeat them once the job is complete. This cuts down the number of steps and so the operator can work more quickly on the production batch, by not having to count the screws or checking the different sequences.
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No room for error, maximum precision.
TOM ensures exceptional quality of the end product. Right from the assembly stage it flags up any forgotten screws or any that have not been tightened correctly and informs the operator immediately. In addition, to assist the production cycle even further, it can be connected to systems for pick and place, to devices for halting the line or the individual assembly stage, or to the system for changing components. So many opportunities but a single objective: to remove any chance of error and therefore wasted time and money.
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Detecting possible errors
A badly made product is a waste product. TOM prevents this happening because if there’s a problem during assembly, not only does it flag it up immediately, but it also provides the opportunity of halting the production line to prevent the faulty product from reaching the end of the production line. In essence TOM lets you intervene earlier, so you save time and economic resources later.
Poka Yoke System
Poka Yoke is a Japanese term. Poka means error while Yokeru means to avoid. TOM incorporates this principle, i.e. it aims to identify the error already in the assembly stage before the product becomes waste and therefore a cost. TOM can therefore be used to facilitate true Lean Production, the philosophy that aims to minimise wastes until they are eliminated.
Release time management
TOM recognises correct tightening even if the start lever is released early. The Time Off function is also incorporated which keeps the screwdriver locked once the screw has been tightened correctly, preventing the operator from executing a new tightening cycle immediately after the end of the first – that is activating the clutch again after the initial stop – and preventing potential damage to the component to be assembled.
Double pneumatic signal
TOM is different from other systems available on the market because, in the case of air screwdrivers, it uses two pneumatic signals: one to start the screwdriver and one to operate the clutch. This is a considerable advantage compared to Poka Yoka systems that only have one: the double control system ensures that TOM will work perfectly at all times and will not be affected by any changes in pressure. This problem does not exist in the case of use of eTensil electric screwdrivers.
The operator works, TOM assists.
Working becomes quick and simple, knowing that TOM is there to supervise and warn if anything is not right. The large display, the screw count function and the light and acoustic feedback help the operator by either flagging up any problems or indicating that it is safe to proceed. All this translates into perfect tightening at all times, which can continuously be monitored and kept under control.
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Knowing how the assembly process is progressing has never been so easy: just a quick glance at the display tells you immediately and clearly which program is running, which sequence is set, the number of screws to be tightened and how many out of the total have been tightened.
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Next to the large display, TOM has another but no less important smaller one. It shows the number of screws left to be tightened, and so this number decreases as the process continues.
TOM uses green, red and yellow lights to continuously dialogue with the operator. These feedback lights signal that the tightening is correct, if there are any problems and the end of the cycle. By purchasing the tower-light the three signals can be programmed freely and associated with other functions like for example end of program, untightening or stop screwdriver.
As well as visual signals there are also acoustic signals. The beeps are triggered according to the tightening result: it’s therefore easy to know the status of the job and to carry out all the checks if a problem is encountered.
TOM dialogues with the factory system,
and sends data.
TOM takes production to a higher level because it can be connected to the factory system to collect all the production process data. All the information obtained can then be processed and analysed, so action can be taken should any critical issues or problems arise. TOM in this way becomes an invaluable ally for optimising the working processes and make them even more high-performance.
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Top performance, and highly compatible.
TOM can be used with any screwdriver. All you have to do is to choose the right one for your job. It can be used with air screwdrivers but is also compatible with eTensil electric screwdrivers and auto-feeding EasyDriver screwdrivers. It can also be used in conjunction with the telescopic arm equipped with a position detector device.
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