Tool-ID System

March 8, 2016

It’s common for manufacturing companies to strive to improve their products, but precision tool specialist Walter not only strives to improve its products but the manufacturing process as well, as exemplified by its new Tool-ID system. Aimed at keeping machine downtime and processing times to a minimum, this innovative solution allows the user to transfer tool data from the pre-setting device to the machine tool, and to evaluate the parameters that are run on the machine. The data is assigned to the tool via an identifier, for example a laser-engraved data matrix code on the tool.

The data is called up using a scanner and automatically transferred to the machine control unit – meaning that time-consuming and error-prone manual data entry becomes superfluous.

It is an essential component for communication between the tool and the machine. The tool also provides production information in a form that can be read by the machine. Using this information tool life or presetting data, as well as the individual production steps can be monitored and controlled. Thanks to Tool-ID, Walter is one step closer to the vision of Industry 4.0, the smart factory of the future. 


  • Downtimes are lessened
  • processing times are reduced
  • damage to components and equipment is minimized