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Tool dispensing system

17 January 2018

MAPAL has introduced a new UNIBASE-M tool dispensing system for the storage and management of tools, components and accessories. With the focus on ease of use, the new system can be configured according to customer requirements. This also applies to all the new variants in the UNIBASE-M range.

MAPAL comments that if large and heavy tools are assembled on the shop-floor, but not immediately required on the machine tool, they should be stored away to prevent potential damage. Cabinet drawers with a maximum load-bearing capacity of 75kg may not be suitable for this as they often reach their capacity limits when loaded with several completely assembled tools. Sometimes, due to its length, the tool can only be stored horizontally and this presents a risk to the cutting edges.For situations such as these, MAPAL has introduced the UNIBASE-V expandable cabinet which has up to four electronically lockable vertical drawers.

Each of the automatically opening drawers has a maximum load-bearing capacity of 600kg. Drawers are equipped with loadable tool holders designed according to the customer’s specifications. The vertical drawers are compatible with existing UNIBASE-M systems and are controlled via the master unit.

UNIBASE-C cabinets for controlled individual tool dispensing complete the storage module. A large number of small and single parts can be stored in a UNIBASE-C cabinet in a compact area. When an item is selected, only its individual compartment opens. This reduces the risk of theft and optimises inventory control. The cabinet is available in standard versions and can be used as a stand-alone solution or incorporated into existing UNIBASE-M systems.

MAPAL has developed new software for its UNIBASE-M tool dispensing system that connects the tool dispensing system to existing ERP systems. It carries out permanent, automatic inventory monitoring and offers user-specific and comprehensive evaluation features. Possible actions will be displayed for each item, if permitted and this makes retrieval of specific items just a few clicks away. Additionally, the software can run on tablets, mobile devices and external computers.

In the new version, the search logic has been revised to increase ease of use. Previously, the search function was transaction-based and often required several selection criteria to access the searched item. Now, instead of a transaction, the sought-after item immediately appears. The search function is faster and more convenient to locate products and tools. 

The new software is compatible with the ‘Internet of Things’ and is remotely accessible. It can be controlled by any end device and operating system. Master data and movement data can be exchanged via the open, cloud-based c-Com platform without restriction. Since October 2017 the new software has been delivered with all tool dispensing systems in the UNIBASE series. Customers´ existing systems can be updated to the new software if required.