TDM | Cost & Time saving points in manufacturing process
Cost & Time saving points in manufacturing process – Tool Data Management
- Tool search…………. Programmer
- Import tools in NX – simulation…………. Programmer
- Production order in Tool Crib or Machine………. Tool Crib personnel
- Machining …………… Machine Operator
- Returning tools…………. Tool Crib personnel
- Programmer will analyze part and decide on what tools to use. First struggle here is that he does not know what tools are available on the shop floor,
- He can choose what he thinks it is best but if they don’t have it on the floor, they would have to purchase it and wait it to arrive,
- Now, he must walk to a shopfloor and search,
- If tooling storage is not managed properly, he will spend a lot of time searching,
- Many times, bins are not labeled and there will be different cutters in one bin (different vendor, flute length, teeth, material…),
- He will have to make decision, pick one tool and make a model in NX, and add a holder to it. Whatever he picks, in most cases, he won’t be sure of tool Manufacturer EDP or original dimensions,
- Model can be different from original if tool is resharpened, modified and without Manufacturer EDP for website reference,
- Simulation without TDM won’t give certainty that machining will go smoothly because tool is not defined enough.
- Simulation with TDM will give you real picture of machining with defined cutting item, holder, stick out and even feeds & speeds.
- Production Order without TDM will mostly have a poor info on tools (no Manufacturer EDP, flute length, no holders, no stick out…etc.)
- Person that will put these tools together will have to search again in same unorganized cabinet/bins and then make a DECISION on what items to take, what stick out will be, and so on.
- Chances that those tools will be same as those from simulation are close to zero.
- This is now most critical point in process:
- Waist time in another long searching,
- Waist on making another decision,
- Raise chances of crashing machine,
- Crash will stop process that is most likely time sensitive, and in case of late delivery of parts, company might pay penalties but also lose some customers,
- Costs of broken tool,
- Costs of broken part,
- Reason for crashing machine is not obvious what can lead to repeated mistakes,
- Wrong tool can lead to significant loss of time and money.
- One tool list or one whole day with so many Production Orders will make that loss exponential.
- Project this to one week, one month or year, and you have a bottomless hole.
- After installing TDM, company will assign someone to create complete TDM tooling library, so that everything is available for programmers,
- After analyzing part, programmer will make quick search in NX for TDM tools.
- He will either find everything right away or request what he couldn’t find, from TDM tooling engineer.
- TDM tooling engineer will have another search in TDM for needed item,
- When he find the cutter programmer needs, he will create assembly according to programmer instruction ( like: to certain stick out, holder long or short, holder with interface to certain machine like CAT 40 or HSK…)
- Tool list can be created in TDM and imported to NX. It can be made in NX too and loaded into TDM,
- TDM assembly has BOM of unique Items:
- All items are on your shop floor,
- Each item has unique ID, Manufacturing number and good description,
- You can create location of each item and all assemblies with quantities in TDM,
- Tool Crib personnel will get 2D and 3D of each tool, Bill of Materials what is enough info to build those tools and benefits of this are:
- With 2D and BOM, they don’t have to think or search for cutter, holder, collet etc. They know exactly what items to take and how to build it,
- That saves you a lot of time and significantly reduces chances for crashing machine, because it passed simulation,
- If you have locations created, it will save you more time with searching,
- Tracking quantity and set minimum stock will save you from unnecessary downtime,
- All of this will call shop floor management to put their tools in order, invest in cabinets, create location and labels for every single item,
- It will reduce need for many different versions of same tool and lead you to standardize your tooling lines what will again reduce costs,
- Tracking tool life in TDM will give you a picture of what tools are better for you…
With everything said, I hope you can see what TDM means for your business, for your everyday life.
Now, my question for you:
- Do you have some of these struggles from above?
- Can you live with these struggles?
- Can you still be successful without good tool management?
- Can you live with fact that in this digital time, where you can use your phone as a tool for so many things, find everything you need on internet, you still struggle with same tooling problems for last 30-40 years?
- Are you ready for digital manufacturing?
Do not wait, because TDM is not only a future, TDM is here now as your portal to future!
Hello, My name is Ivan. I’m a Training and Support Lead at Swoosh Technologies with expertise in TDM Systems, NX CAD & Solid Edge. I strive to make the lives of others easier and enjoy exploring the bigger purpose in this role. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, creating music, traveling, and hiking.