Topic Track: Process Innovations
Session Topic: Tool Lifecycle Management 4.0 – In Line with Industry 4.0 Using Integrated Tool Data Management Solutions

Integrated tool management and tool lifecycle applications play a vital role for industry 4.0 processes. Cloud-based 3D tool and technology data for complete virtual production planning, inventory management, and real-time polling of machine tools for predictive tool replenishing and Big Data analysis offer a continuous improvement process.

Tool Lifecycle Management (TLM) from TDM Systems is an IT strategy for production resources and includes tool organization for all phases of planning and production. TLM is a link between ERP, PLM, and MES, ensuring communication between planning and production systems. TLM is about capturing and providing tool data and tool graphics for CAM and simulation processes, as well as the physical organization of tool circulation on the shop floor and collecting data from machine tools. TLM consists of continuous communication and data exchange between the involved systems. It is a major part of the Internet of Things (IoT) or Industry 4.0.

TDM software provides a central location for all necessary information about cutting tools such as geometry, cutting data, and applications suitable for each process. Tool graphics are provided in 3D format and can be used in NC processes and simulation analysis. TDM´s shop floor solutions help prepare tool assemblies for each job, calculate the tool usage, and consider the tool inventory. By collecting tool life data from machine tools and examining the Tool Lifecycle Management circle, users can be pro-active, will detect idle resources, and achieve cost savings in all processes. TDM Systems is launching the next generation of products with locally hosted or cloud-based solutions.


For more than 25 years, TDM Systems has been the leading provider of tool data management in the machining industry. With the Tool Lifecycle Management strategy, TDM Systems is focusing on process optimization through optimal tool planning and provisioning. Creating and editing tool data and graphics, integrating tool know-how and 3D graphics into the CAM planning, and organizing the complete tool cycle on the shop floor level are the company’s three core competencies. As a competence center within the Sandvik Group, TDM Systems draws on the expertise of various tool manufacturers in developing its software products.

IMTS 2018 Booth #133264
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