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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

COPRA® Roll Lifecycle Management

The Nine Lives of a Roll

Roll History Tracking with the new COPRA® Roll Lifecycle Management System
The making of a roll is done in the shop floor or at a specialized roll maker. The blank is cut from the bar stock with a band saw followed by turning, grooving, labeling, hardening, grinding, hard turning and polishing.

For an easy method of tracking the roll’s history, the label should include a Data Matrix Code such as a 3D barcode. This code may e.g. include date of manufacture, roll material, degree of hardness and of course a unique roll code. The new COPRA® RLM data base supports such a feature. To ensure the quality, the roll should finally be checked with the COPRA® RollScanner. With a handheld scanner the roll code will be identified and the respective designed contour for the quality check will automatically be loaded. From the shop floor or the roll maker, the roll goes to the roll storage site. The warehouse clerk is checking the incoming rolls and will do the respective storage check-in with a handheld scanner. From that moment the COPRA® RLM data base knows that the roll is available.

As soon as the production of the respective product starts, the roll is collected from the storage site. The warehouse clerk is identifying the roll again with the handheld scanner. Now the COPRA® RLM data base knows that the roll is in use for a specific project. If it is the first setup of this tooling, it may happen that some roll changes are necessary. In this case the modified roll contour can be determined with the COPRA® RollScanner, and be directly updated in the COPRA® RLM data base.

After production, any information of interest can now be recalled: How long was the roll in use? How many meters of the profile have been produced? During roll life, wear can constantly be crosschecked with the COPRA® RollScanner. If the roll is out of tolerance it will automatically be marked as “Recycling Roll” and transferred to the “Recycling Data Base”. When the layout of a new section needs to be done, the designer can then automatically check in the Recycling Data Base for a suitable “Recycling Roll”, which is either matching or is similar to the new designed rolls.

And So a Roll May Even Have Nine Lives!



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