Control Module Provides Tool Management, Monitoring

The new TDM Global Line 2017 Machine Process Control (MPC) module from TDM Systems provides accurate, up-to-date information about every tool and its status at the machine tool.

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The new TDM Systems Inc. Global Line 2017 Machine Process Control (MPC) module from TDM Systems provides accurate, up-to-date information about every tool and its status at the machine tool. Instead of deleting tool data from the control unit as soon as the tool is removed, MPC stores this information so histories can be tracked, tools can be reused, and processes can be optimized. The machine returns information indicating which tools are currently in the tool store, what their status is and how they are being used.

The MPC is designed to dramatically reduce setup times on the shop floor. Tooling retrieves the required items from the tool store and assembles them. Presetting is then tailored to each machine, each taking approximately 15 minutes, and then five minutes to change the tool, according to the company.

The module knows the remaining life of a tool and signals when the prewarning stage has been reached. An order can then be initiated manually or automatically, early enough that the replacement tool is ready when the wear limit is reached.

MPC identifies the individual tool when it is loaded, requests the data, and transfers the data to the machine control. This information remains available even after the tool is unloaded. The tool can be used in another machine without recalibration.

The home screen provides an overview of every machine connected to the MPC. Green, yellow, and red coding identifies the tool status in the tool magazine.

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