Motivation due to more responsibility
Florian Zitt sees another advantage in the advanced technology integration: “In the past, milling, turning and grinding were very different disciplines. Today, these professions are growing together into an even more responsible job.” This contributes decisively to motivation. “Today I would also no longer speak of machine operators, but of machine managers, because we are dealing with absolute high-tech here.” Young people in particular are attracted to working with modern technologies, which benefits Tyrolit in terms of training. “Of course, our goal is also to keep the apprentices in the long term,” says Florian Zitt.
Automated production in understaffed shifts
Die Integration des Schleifens auf der DMC 80 FD duoBLOCK war für Tyrolit eine von zwei Neuerungen. Die andere ist die automatisierte Fertigung. Das Bearbeitungszentrum ist mit einem Rundpalettenspeicher für sieben Paletten ausgerüstet, so dass über weite Strecken eine autonome Fertigung der Einzelteile möglich ist. Mit Hilfe elektrischer Spannvorrichtungen soll der Automationsgrad in Zukunft noch weiter gesteigert werden. Für Florian Zitt ist klar, dass flexible Automationslösungen auch in Zukunft ein Anschaffungskriterium sein werden: „Mit ihnen können wir unsere Kapazitäten in der Fertigung kleiner Losgrößen auch in mannlosen Schichten steigern.“ Am Standort Schwaz liegen die Losgrößen bei durchschnittlich drei Stück.
Digitalisation in tool management
In addition to technology integration and automation solutions, Tyrolit will also continue to drive forward digitalisation. For example, digital tool management has already been implemented. “Each tool is read in before measurement and automatically queried when the standing time of the tools on the machines decreases,” Florian Zitt describes the process. The tool life is checked automatically on the machine. “This enables us to achieve process stability in production because we can always replace the tools in time.
Customer-oriented product development
With its innovative production solutions, Tyrolit is able to produce equally innovative tools. These are becoming more and more complex with the requirements of the customers because, for example, the coolant supply must be implemented in the best possible way. “The Centuria SM-G grinding wheels, for example, have a patented coolant supply, with numerous bores, directly to the diamond layer,” says Florian Zitt, describing the design. Lightweight versions are also an increasingly important topic: “The cores of our Polaris Plus LW tools have cavities. We also have carbon fibre tools in our assortment.” Tyrolit wants to continue its ongoing growth with such developments. “In the medium term, the sales target for the entire group is one billion euros,” says Florian Zitt, looking ahead. “This also means that we will continue to invest in future-oriented production solutions such as those from DMG MORI.”