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About the topic
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 for 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, which ensures communication between planning and production systems. On one hand, TLM is about capturing and providing tool data and tool graphics for CAM and simulation processes; on the other hand, it is about the physical organization of tool circulation on the shop floor and collecting data from machine tools. TLM is not oriented toward individual departments and single processes, rather it consists of continuous communication and data exchange between the involved systems. TLM 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 like geometry, cutting data, and their applications suitable for each process. Tool graphics are provided in 3D format and due to robust interfaces to CAD/CAM and simulation systems, they can be used in NC processes and simulation analysis. TDM's shop floor solutions help in preparation of tool assemblies for each job, calculates tool usage, and considers the tool inventory. By collecting tool life data from machine tools and examining the Tool Lifecycle Management circle, users can be proactive, 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.
Robert Auer has spent over 20 years in the technology industry focusing on factory automation, communication and lifecycle management software. Robert is a graduate engineer (communications engineering) from the University of Applied Sciences (HTWG) in Constance (Germany) and holds a Master’s degree in international Business from the ESB Business School of the University in Reutlingen. Previous speaker engagements include the ESPRIT World conference, EASTEC, the Industry 4.0 Summit, and EMO Hanover.
At TDM Systems Robert is currently focused on global Industry 4.0 and “factory of the future” (smart factory) solutions. Prior to this he held roles in software development (engineering), project management, sales and marketing in the automation industry and has led and delivered diverse international IT projects (focusing on Smart factory (factory automation) and Lifecycle Management solutions). He is passionate about working on solutions for the factory of the future, the next generation IT solutions for global manufacturers.
In his current position as Manager Global Partner Sales he is responsible for the expansion of strategic partnerships within the Industry 4.0 philosophy of TDM Systems, mainly focusing on Tool-Lifecycle Management, Machine Connections, CAM-Integrations and Cloud-Solutions.