TDM optimizes production equipment logistics at production level and can ensure seamless procurement processes using standardized interfaces to ERP systems. TDM's ERP integration compares items' master data and items' supplier information and forwards purchase requisitions for tools and equipment based on minimum stock levels directly to the ERP system. This enables equipment to be ordered in good time and enables affordable procurement management.
In addition, the interface can be used not only to handle ordering processes for tools and equipment, but can also be used to cover resharpening or calibration work for inspection equipment at external service providers. This works if TDM controls the related working processes.
If the ERP system has stock management and minimum stock levels are maintained there, usage and new entries can also be synchronized with the ERP system via the interface.
An ERP connection also supports processes in production planning: Tool management receives the production orders planned for a certain period directly, thanks to the ERP interface. On this basis, TDM ensures that the tools are made available at the machines in an order-based and timely manner. This includes generating picking and assembly orders for the tool dispensing and preparation area.
When using both systems in their areas of application such as production (TDM), planning (SAP) and procurement (SAP), the user can concentrate on the respective area's system.
The standard integration between TDM and SAP consists of a total of four workflows (scenarios). This includes
- Comparing material master data
- Crib logistics with goods movements such as crib removals
- Procurement process with IPRM, orders and goods received
- Inventory process for stock reconciliation
Comparing material master data can take place in three variants:
- Variant 1: TDM sends material master data to SAP
- Variant 2: SAP sends the material master data to TDM
- Variant 3: SAP is the leading system for creating master data in TDM