Programming with the latest tool data
Tebis introduces an online interface to Zoller TMS
For companies that handle their tool data with the powerful Zoller TMS tool management system, Tebis has an attractive solution with an online interface. The process provider for the development, design and manufacture of models, molding tools and components installs a "tool management" Server for this purpose that regularly calls up all the current data in Zoller TMS via a web service. This significantly simplifies processes. All users in NC programming and manufacturing can easily access the data.
The individual Tebis workstations in NC programming and manufacturing act as clients using the Tebis server for tool management and thus have access to the current tool information in the tool library. All drilling and milling tools with their cutting data stored in Zoller TMS (Tool Management Solutions) are now available for NC programming. When NC programming is complete, a setup sheet with a list of required tools is returned to the management system, so that the tools will be available. Currently still in development: Turning tools will be integrated and the remaining service life of the individual cutters will also be transmitted.
This solution has several benefits for the user: Both logistical and technical information are stored in a central database. Tool presetting devices can be fully integrated into the process. Employees in NC programming and manufacturing have permanent access to the latest status of the tools and can see what is actually available. Because the Tebis "tool management" server buffers the data from Zoller TMS, the latest data status is available at Tebis workstations for both scheduled and unscheduled service measures in the Zoller TMS database. Heterogeneous system landscapes can be supported by managing tool information outside of the CAM system. Because the tool contours are also transferred, special tool geometries such as barrel cutters and other HPC cutters can be used. Furthermore, Tebis can check each tool use with the actual contour of the complete tool to ensure collision-free operation, preventing unpleasant surprises during manufacturing.
Fig. 1 and 2: Tebis tool management has access to the current tool information from Zoller TMS.