Digital Tool Management Optimizes Shop Productivity

Although new methods for digital access to information are constantly being developed, the principle behind these systems is that every employee should have access to tool data.


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Although new methods for digital access to information are constantly being developed, the principle behind these systems is that every employee should have access to tool data.

One of these systems, a base module from TDM Systems Inc., files extensive data documents about each tool. These data include feeds and speeds, which define conditions of use specific to materials and cutting grades. These records also include collision parameters and presetting data for tool assemblies. The tool management software also provides information including the location of tool items at workspaces, the management of parts in need of repair as well as the minimum stock level.

To learn more about this management system from TDM Systems, read “Base Module Forms Digital Tool Data Management.”

Taking digital access a step further, Kennametal’s Novo digital process planning application interfaces cloud-enabled digital tooling data and intelligence with production, inventory, e-commerce and more. It supplies complete tool data, saving hours of catalog lookups and guesswork. It collects real-time data about how a shop’s cutting tools and machines are performing and provides analysis of where process efficiencies or capacity can be improved. It can also help define machining features and immediately reduce the product choices to those that can do the job effectively. It then ranks the results to best meet the application challenges as defined by the shop’s operating environment and user preferences.

Read “Improve Productivity with Digital Tooling Data” for more information about Kennametal’s tool data management system.