"Downtimes are a thing of the past. Because with our new TDM Range Calculator module, tool requirements are now even more predictable and can be calculated with greater precision," explains Timo Kanz, Head of Product & Technology at TDM Systems. The TDM Range Calculator is one of the latest innovations from the TDM ClassiX software line. The module provides a realistic calculation of the tool requirements for pending production orders. This calculation is based on such data as the number of possible regrinding processes, the tool life quantity, and the minimum stock level. This gives users an earlier indication of whether there are sufficient tools – or how many machining days and workpieces they will last – and when they need to reorder to ensure minimum stock levels at all times.
What's more, the software has undergone a comprehensive facelift to adapt it to the modern design standards of MS Office. Kanz explains that the result is a completely new, clean user interface design that allows users to "work intuitively and efficiently."
The new release contains more than 260 modifications in many modules and application scenarios. Kanz believes these wide-ranging expansions and improvements prove that TDM Systems is committed to "developing our solutions systematically and always in the customers' interests."
The highlights of the 2023 release of TDM Global Line
For TDM Global Line users, the new release offers more efficient processes in tool assembly. This is because besides supporting RFID data carriers, which ensure seamless data exchange, the new release now also facilitates crib entries via barcode scanner, multiple selection of tools and, in turn, faster entries for a setup order, and more besides.
Another new feature for users of TDM Global Line is the Fixture Management Module. The module, which TDM ClassiX customers have long since used and valued, is now also available for TDM Global Line customers. Since fixtures are an integral element of production and setup planning, this will "improve the planning reliability and, with it, the utilization of the machines," stresses Kanz.
In addition to this, new filter options in the Global Line Shopfloor Manager ensure more overall user friendliness within tool management, so that, for instance, tools with critical tool life can be detected sooner. New status options, such as new entry, locked or phase-out part also increase transparency within tool use. Kanz is confident “that this new release fulfills our bold claim of offering 100 percent tool management and, in turn, further strengthening the transparency, planning reliability and capacity of machining companies."