The vision of TRANSPARENCY was to enable European machine-tool builders to establish a knowledge-based collaboration with end users and component suppliers for machine tool design and operation. Ultimately, TRANSPARENCY allows involved actors to gain competitive advantages by permitting collaborative design and exchange of operational knowledge throughout the entire life cycle of the machine tool.
TEKS main results in Transparency
The first tool was used to calculate the material removal rate MRR (see Figure 1), the required spindle power and machine feed in mm/min. For the calculation performed only a few parameters, which are usually available from the cutting tool manufacturer are needed. This little calculator can easily run in the background and is therefore available when setting up new cutters and therefore reducing set up time.
The second tool was a coarse granularity Life Cycle Assessment tool which allowed the development of an early “birds eye view” LCA model in the shortest time possible. Primarily developed for the assessment of the manufacturing and life cycles of machine tools the tool also used for other LCA investigations.
The tool focused on the carbon footprint of materials and processes and allowed the comparison of 3 scenarios. This tool allowed the users, without the need for extensive training, to assess the environmental impact (eco balance) of their product/services. This used to distinguish themselves from their competition. Both tools used for early assessment and have been developed in MS Excel as it is widely used and well known and so reducing the need for training.