"The global use of a central database results in massive IT cost savings, productivity increases and synergies that span multiple locations," explains Eugen Bollinger, vice president sales at TDM Systems GmbH. "In order to increase the added value for the user even further, we’ve expanded the configuration options in TDM Global Line 2019 and developed new modules."

TDM Shopfloor Manager, for example, facilitates comprehensive workflow management, incorporating booking functions and a large number of interfaces for crib systems, pre-setting devices and machines, as well as for higher level systems such as MES, FMS and ERP. Users can now create multiple shop-floor configurations in order to depict workflows in various production areas. A new feature is individual status management, which allows users to define tool status themselves within the workflow.

A newly developed module is TDM Production Document Management, where users can assign as many documents as they wish to the production resources via a drag-and-drop function – either in the form of a link to the actual saved location, or as a copy on the Global Line server. This capability ensures that all relevant information is simply and securely documented.

Elsewhere in the latest release, newly devised graphics functions allow the user to generate rotation contours from 2D graphics using the tool contour generator, with just a few mouse clicks and the aid of an intuitive user navigation system. In combination with the 3D rotation generator, simulation-ready 3D models for realistic collision checking in CAM systems can be generated within a few seconds. Each of these features can be started via the 2D widget in the item and tool assembly area.

With the latest release of TDM 2019 and TDM Global Line 2019, upon registering with TDM systems, users will have access to the latest tool catalogues in the cloud and can therefore obtain consistently up-to-date, verified tool data from leading manufacturers. Time-consuming searches and creation of individual tools and items, or even the need for a complete tool database, are now things of the past.

TDM has also invested in the further development of the TDM core solution. This move means that users of TDM 2019 can benefit from the new hybrid mode; they can use Global Line modules such as the Shopfloor Manager in combination with the TDM 2019 version. Access to the TDM WebCatalog is also possible for the current version, while everyday work can be facilitated via the expanded multiple plant management system, which allows equipment to be assigned with even greater precision.

Numerous interfaces, such as those for Siemens NX, CATIA V5, Vericut and DMG Virtual Machine, allow manufacturing systems to be optimally integrated with TDM 2019 and TDM Global Line 2019.