Stationary Tool Storage Rack

The Matrix Tool Magazine from Toyoda (Arlington Heights, IL) is a stationary tool storage rack that allows Toyoda HMCs to be tooled for more part numbers, keeps backup tools on hand, and eliminates time-consuming trips to the tool room.

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The Matrix Tool Magazine from Toyoda (Arlington Heights, IL) is a stationary tool storage rack that allows Toyoda HMCs to be tooled for more part numbers, keeps backup tools on hand, and eliminates time-consuming trips to the tool room. The rack can accommodate up to 500 tools, and the compact version can hold up to 184 tools. The tool rack has several features to maximize ease of use—including PC-based software, tool identification and monitoring, and OP Supporter software. Its compact design houses a huge array of tools in a relatively small footprint, and is about the same height as the machine itself. The tool rack handles large tools up to 21.6" in length, 9.84" in diameter, and weighing 59.4 lbs. The tool rack’s four-position revolving disk keeps the next tool ready and waiting for the machine’s tool-changer arm. This eliminates any delay, even after a short machining cycle. The operator can access a fully secure, carousel-style rack to load tools without interrupting magazine operation. Tools are delivered to the work area by a high-speed servo-driven transfer robot. The PC-based software shows a layout of the entire tool rack, with easy-to-use touch-screen navigation. A second touch on any tool will display detailed information and an image for that specific tool. The magazine controller reads the part program to pre-select and display the needed tools. Continuous monitoring of the magazine, loading station and revolver keeps track of every tool.