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Cutting Tool Management

Any shop that operates multiple machining centers with independent tool magazines knows that maintaining control of each tool crib’s inventory is an essential aspect of process consistency. Ensuring that tools are replaced with identical tools, keeping tool changes to a minimum and staying on top of problems as they arise are vital methods of controlling consumable costs and process variations that, when left unchecked, can lead to scrapping expensive cutting tools.

Transitioning toward digitized cutting tool management is becoming easier as more and more companies offer industrial vending systems and customized software that can help standardize a shop’s production strategy.

New Technologies Transform Cutting Tool Management into a Critical Strategy for Standardizing Machining Processes

Tool Management Drives Process Standardization

Matt Danford | Modern Machine Shop

From incoming order to final delivery, this aerospace component manufacturer strives to eliminate process variables. Airtight control of cutting tool inventory is critical to that effort.

NEW TECH IN TOOL MANAGEMENT

Cutting Tool Database Interfaces with Simulation Software

CGTech now offers an interface to Zoller’s TMS Tools Management Solutions database that enables easy transfer of cutting tool information to the company’s Vericut software.

Tool Lifetime Management Software Supports Multi-Functional Tools

Jedd Cole | Modern Machine Shop

TDM Systems has released version 4.8 of its TDM software designed to optimize tool lifecycle management (TLM) as part of Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things initiatives.

Makino's MMC2 Automated Pallet System Improves Spindle Utilization

Emily Probst | Modern Machine Shop

IMTS Spark: Makino’s MMC2 modular, automated material handling system Increases Production without adding staff or equipment.