Tool Server module replaces KTC control panel
New electronic drawer cabinet becomes standard module for the KROMI Tool Center KTC
With a spiral cabinet and a control panel, the history of what has probably been the most successful tool management concept in the machining sector began more than 20 years ago at the auto supplier Car Top Systems CTS in Hamburg. Originally designed primarily as an automatic dispenser for indexable inserts, the desire gradually increased to integrate other articles into KROMI‘s complete supply system. After the KROMI Kanban system was initially integrated with its standard drawer cabinets, an electronic drawer cabinet was incorporated in 2011 for the first time in order to adopt large tools into the supply system as well. Individual, lockable compartments inside a drawer gave customers access to an extended range of articles. The control panel, however, remained unchanged up to now and has therefore become a distinctive feature of the KROMI Tool Center. Although it remained unchanged on the outside, progress inside didn‘t stop developing. From the CRT to the flat screen monitor, from the keyboard and mouse as input media to the touch screen, from the PC to the thin network client, the rapid progress in communication technology has taken place inside the respective housing or enclosure practically unnoticed by the user. On the occasion of EMO Hannover 2017, KROMI is now unveiling a new solution as a complete replacement for its classic KTC control panel. One of the reasons for this is that almost all KROMI Tool Center dispensing units now require a drawer cabinet. With the cabinet designated the Tool Server Module TSM, including PC, all KTC modules can now be controlled via the tried-and-tested and effectively proven KROMI user interface.