FAIR LAWN, N.J. and PLANO, Texas, September 10, 2012 - Siemens PLM Software and Sandvik Coromant, the leading supplier of cutting tools and tooling systems for the metalworking industry, today launched an initiative to standardize the structure and content of cutting tool vendor catalogs. The effort will help manufacturers address the complexity of obtaining cutting tool definitions and data in a useable form and more efficiently integrating cutting tools into production systems. Based on industry standards, the catalogs will help engineers make smarter decisions by providing greater accessibility to tooling data and supporting the selection of the optimum and preferred cutting tools.
“Sandvik Coromant has recognized the tremendous technological development in machining processes, materials, and tooling which is driving the need for virtual machining capabilities. Working with data in varying formats can be a challenge, but we expect that this initiative will not only offer manufacturers a standard format for vital cutting tool data, but will simplify their CAM and virtual machining systems, helping them better optimize productivity and profitability,” said Mike Verkamp, Manager, Business Development, Sandvik Coromant.
“This project will address key needs in virtual machining such as standard tool data format, connectivity to CAM packages, and automatic updates of new data. We are pleased to be working with Siemens, a market leader themselves, to help bring the entire industry forward,” added Verkamp.
Manufacturers with machining equipment can purchase cutting tools from a wide-range of suppliers and they need to use electronic definitions of these tools within their manufacturing planning and shop floor production systems. However, typically each cutting tool vendor has their own approach to classify different types of tools, describing critical tool specifications — such as diameter, lengths, angles — and representing geometric CAD models of those tools. This makes it difficult for manufacturers to access cutting tool information in an automated fashion for use within manufacturing planning databases and applications, such as computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programming systems. The multiple structures, non-standard definitions and varying levels of CAD data, also force engineers to manually enter individual data sets from vendor catalogs into their internal systems – a task that can take thousands of man-hours, often leaving tool library databases sparsely populated.
To address this challenge Siemens PLM Software and Sandvik Coromant have defined and developed a new level of standardization that will be openly available for use throughout the industry. The initiative addresses the three key areas of classification structure, tool attribute definitions, and a standardized approach to 3D model definitions of cutting tool components and how they can be assembled.
As a key element of this initiative the companies have adopted and built upon available ISO and STEP standards. ISO13399 provides a definition for tool attributes and the STEP AP214 standard provides a basis for 3D representation of tool components and automated assembly points. The latter allows end user customers to more easily utilize 3D models of their cutting tool components and assemblies as needed in both NC programming and machining simulation applications, as well is in shop floor systems such as tool pre-setters.
“Although much effort has been put into developing and promoting standards for tooling systems we see this as the first time that a major tool vendor has joined forces with a major PLM software and manufacturing equipment provider to define a solution that spans the tooling industry and end user requirements,” said Stan Przybylinski, Director of Research at CIMdata. “This is a pragmatic approach that builds on the available ISO standard with definitions that will be open to all tool vendors and software providers. Given the substantial customer base of both companies and their connections across the industry, we believe that this initiative will go far in addressing the challenge of standardization in cutting tool information systems.”
Siemens PLM Software and Sandvik Coromant are collaborating with other major cutting tool vendors to share and drive this initiative across the industry. Specifications and methods will be available to all partners as an open standard. Key manufacturers are being invited to advise on the implementation methods as well as to share their specific requirements for access to tool catalog data.
Siemens PLM Software has also further developed its Manufacturing Resource Library, which is part of the Teamcenter® portfolio. This will enable the company’s large base of manufacturing customers to import and manage standardized cutting tool vendor catalog data, handle the transfer of selected data sets to working areas within tool libraries, and build 3D tool assemblies from component model data. Key elements of this solution are already being used by existing customers.
“Siemens PLM Software is focused on providing an open and collaborative PLM computing environment and standardization is critical to enhancing communication throughout the global manufacturing industry,” said Andreas Saar, Vice President, Manufacturing Engineering Solutions, Siemens PLM Software. “Standardization gives cutting tool vendors a business advantage by providing a means to convey information about their products to their target customers in a standard format to help increase manufacturing efficiency. This simplified access to the right tool and associated data will help manufacturers make smarter decisions that result in better products.”
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Sandvik Coromant is a global leading supplier of cutting tools, tooling solutions and know-how to the metalworking industry. With extensive investments in research and development we create unique innovations and set new productivity standards together with our customers. These include the world's major automotive, aerospace and energy industries. Sandvik Coromant has 8,000 employees and is represented in 130 countries. We are part of the business area Sandvik Machining Solutions within the global industrial group Sandvik.
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