British-based Zeroshift (Hall 4 Stand E17) is demonstrating the second generation of its intelligent tool control (ITC). During operation, the tool control software program is paired to a cabinet with tool-silhouette foam cutouts. Each tool cavity is equipped with an optical sensor. It automatically detects the removal or replacement of a tool and allows users to track their calibration status.
The ITC can be part of an integrated tool/inventory management system or operate independently. In addition to limiting tool losses, the ITC is supposed to reduce foreign object damage (FOD) occurrence. “A great deal of FOD is due to tools left in planes during build and maintenance,” Zeroshift’s ITC manager Paul MacGregor said.