Software Updates Simplify Tool Data Management
IMTS 2018: TDM Systems is showcasing its tool data management software including TDM 2018, TDM Global Line 2018 and TDM Cloud Line.
TDM Systems is showcasing its tool data management software including TDM 2018, TDM Global Line 2018 and TDM Cloud Line, demonstrating how its latest software modules and cloud-based tools can be used in a smart factory to record and manage production resources.
In TDM 2018, functions and interfaces such as data import, data handling and graphics editing have been optimized to save the user time. TDM Global Line 2018’s TDM Shopfloor Manager and TDM Machine Process Control (MPC) modules ensure more transparency at the manufacturing level. The software also features 3D tool assembly, which simplifies building tools in 3D and can be used to manage the tool crib efficiently.The TDM Cloud Line has been added to the company’s product range to make tool data management more accessible for smaller companies. The software’s entry-level JobShop and TDM Cloud Line tooling solutions enable companies such as contract manufacturers to optimize their plans and the use of their tools.
While OPC UA and MTConnect are both http-based protocols, there are differences between them, and each is best used in differing scenarios.
MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices “to speak MTConnect,” and agents enable MTConnect messages and data files to be transmitted across a network to MTConnect-compatible applications.
Having fully interactive access to shopfloor control software enables supervisors at metal finishing and repair job shop to monitor shop activities and make better decisions on the spot.