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Tool Measurement and Inspection Showcased at Automation Days

ZOLLER Inc. recently welcomed manufacturing professionals from a range of industry verticals to its North American headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for Automation Days. Customers and industry leaders highlighted the unique solutions ZOLLER offers to automate cutting tool management and establish more resilient, reliable processes in the face of a labor shortage that is expected to leave 2.1 million jobs unfilled by 2030.

“We need to automate because there is a labor shortage in the market,” said ZOLLER Inc. President Alexander Zoller. “The name of the game is how can I produce more parts in a short amount of time for less cost and higher quality.”

That message was echoed by Automation Days speakers, including Peter Cockburn, principal engineer – manufacturing innovation at Bell, an industry-leading producer of commercial and military vertical lift aircraft headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. Bell integrates ZOLLER automation technology into its factories to standardize and optimize toolroom processes.

“The biggest challenge that we have as a manufacturing company is talent — obtaining talent, training talent and retaining talent,” Cockburn said. “Automation helps with that so that we can run 24/7 as needed and utilize our skilled workforce in better locations.”

One goal of Automation Days — which was centered around the theme of Automate. Success. — was to display the range of ZOLLER’s automation solutions, from comprehensive tool management software to the new roboBox system that automatically pulls, assembles, heat-shrinks and measures tools to a guaranteed accuracy within 10 microns. Also spotlighted was the roboSet 2 that automates tool measuring and inspection by cleaning, inspecting, laser marking and loading tools autonomously.

During Automation Days, ZOLLER announced the launch of its Toolroom of the Year competition, which seeks to find the most connected, high-tech toolroom in North America. The winner will be announced at IMTS 2024 and will win a trip to ZOLLER’s Smart Factory in Pleidelsheim, Germany.

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