04.03.2018 | Category : Press
STAHLWILLE establishes its new label for the world of Industry 4.0: "DAPTIQ"
STAHLWILLE, one of the world’s leading suppliers of handtools and torque technology, is, as of now, addressing the market segment that encompasses integration-capable tool solutions. At the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, the company will be demonstrating, amongst other items, torque tools with an open, intuitive application programming interface (API) that allows them to be integrated into wireless, software-driven production and maintenance processes. The tools made by STAHLWILLE capable of being integrated into Industry 4.0 work environments will be recognisable in future by the new label: DAPTIQ.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and the associated increasing degree of automation are making fundamental changes to our production environments. The fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, allows tools, machines and central production control systems to communicate and interact with each other independent of proprietary interests. Many actions that today have to be dealt with manually by humans can in fact be automated and accelerated, quality can be measured in real time and errors almost completely prevented. A company or tradesperson on the lookout for handtools, torque tools or tool storage solutions that offer this functionality, needs to look no further than STAHLWILLE. This German torque tools specialist, based in Wuppertal, has taken up the pacesetter role and is developing integration-capable products suitable for the mass market under a new label, DAPTIQ.
The new label, which is made up of the elements “DA” for Digital Asset, “PT” for Product Technology and “IQ” for Intelligence Quotient, will be used by STAHLWILLE from now onwards to bring together products such as the MANOSKOP® 766 electromechanical torque wrench with a wireless module, which is already in use with customers. The tool features an open-source API that enables a customer’s system integrators and IT managers to integrate the tool into an existing production system quickly and easily. In this way, it is able to exchange data bidirectionally – that is, to respond to the customer’s network signals to send and receive instructions. Other DAPTIQ products will be equipped with RFID chips to enable integration. STAHLWILLE is currently in the process of validating numerous DAPTIQ products in the field.
At the International Hardware Fair, STAHLWILLE will be demonstrating live how easy it is to integrate the company’s DAPTIQ products thanks to their open-source API. In addition, the company will be showing specific application examples in which products in a networked environment can exchange information for various purposes. One example is intelligent worker guidance using smart glasses. This system guides the user through a complex fastener tightening sequence on an engine block with the aid of augmented reality and shows the worker, amongst other details, the torque applied in real time and the next fastener. In addition, STAHLWILLE has a new RFID solution with the aim of checking whether all the tools in a Tool Trolley are in fact present, to enable reliable tool inventory checks in the shortest possible time, even for large collections of tools. The tool trolley, which is equipped with corresponding RFID sets of tools, simply has to be pushed through the STAHLWILLE audit system. Any missing tools are instantly registered and recorded in the central system. The patented solution offered by STAHLWILLE is considerably cheaper than other RFID solutions on the market. To supplement it, the associated IoT platform offers many opportunities as yet not seen.
“For industrial companies, and also for SME manufacturers of smaller production runs, the subject of Industry 4.0 is becoming ever more important. But in maintenance, repair and overhaul, the advantages are also being applied more intensively”, explained Winfried Czilwa, Chief Executive Officer of STAHLWILLE. “With its new DAPTIQ label, STAHLWILLE is the first handtool manufacturer to address this subject in a holistic manner. As we did many years ago in the field of torque tools, here we are also setting the pace. We are convinced that integration-capable tools will assist our customers in their efforts to become more efficient and secure peak quality – whether by means of better, faster control of the processes or due to real time monitoring and logging of tool states and fasteners.”
The range of DAPTIQ products is to be steadily expanded – but without neglecting the company’s traditional product families. “There will always be manual tools that do not need to be interconnected”, Czilwa continued. “We are continuing to develop our classic tools because these are, after all, the basis for the interconnected tools. Our aim is always to provide customers with the optimum solution, whether interconnected or not.”