The ToolTrace project aims to develop a decision support system driving adoption and usage behaviors for efficient recycling of used tools in the metalworking industry. We seek to understand the interplay between metal-cutting companies, especially small and medium-sized contract manufacturers, and their suppliers of tools and materials for the manufacturing process today. This to develop, test, and implement a platform for tool and material traceability that leads to more valuable recycling, including business models that support user behavior at all parts of the value chain.
To achieve appropriate sorting of waste tools and materials at a necessary level, the machine operator is the key player. The ToolTrace project therefore focuses on operator behavior and his or her drivers for recycling as well as the supporting organizational system surrounding him/her.
The project is organized in 5 WPs with coordinating part, integrating the other partners.
- WP1: Project management
- WP2: Define the circular economy loop
- WP3: Man-technology interaction
- WP4: Demonstrator development
- WP5: Develop a conceptual decision support system for circularity
The industrial relevance of the project lies in ensuring the future-proof factory in an efficient industrial value chain, based on circularity, in terms of minimum waste, and long-term overall sustainability. Immense societal and environmental gains are also foreseen if a functioning ecosystem is in place, between larger tool suppliers and their material suppliers, small contract manufacturers, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).