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International Perspective 30 MoldMaking Technology —— SEPTEMBER 2018 Röders electrode milling machines produce around 25,000 electrodes per year. To control the process, Hofmann works with transponder chips based on RFID. The system assigns electrodes to workpiece holders and makes them available in the CERTA central process control system, preventing errors during the insertion of the parts into the machine. Automation Facilitates Higher Throughput and Increased Accuracy For Hofmann, automation means 24/7 operation and fewer operators, but the important thing is that you can achieve a much higher throughput because, he says, "You do not need to tinker with the process all the time." He adds that automation frees his employees to focus on value-adding and creative tasks. Most of all, they can determine their working hours, which are more flex- ible. Automation prevents their hours from being determined by the machine. "The robot acts as a buffer—whether we work manned or unmanned, the process is always the same. Everything is standardized," he says. CONTRIBUTOR Barbara Schulz is Gardner Business Media's European correspondent. She can be reached at FOR MORE INFORMATION CERTA / Hermle Machine Co. / Hofmann Innovation Group / Ingersoll Productions Systems / R öders TEC / Siemens /

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