CNC software integrates tool management solutions

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HCL Technologies has integrated the Zoller TMS tool management solutions interface into its CAMWorks software. The Zoller interface provides customers with advanced tool database management options and an overview of available tools while eliminating the need to maintain multiple tool databases.

With the Zoller interface in CAMWorks, tool data is standardized and data exchange between the two software systems is automated. Customers can enter their cutting tool information once into Zoller’s central tool database and the tools are automatically imported into CAMWorks. All tool parameters are captured, including the contour line for the tool holder and cutter, the specific tool type as well as technology data, such as feeds and speeds.

The interface also allows users to define tools in Zoller TMS Tool Management Solutions software with the same tool types and settings used in CAMWorks. Once a part model is programmed, the Zoller interface generates a setup sheet that includes a list of tools used for the part. The setup sheet is designed to assist in tool assembly, measurement and sending measured values ​​to the machine for cutting parts. The Zoller interface in CAMWorks is designed to reduce manual tool data entry and streamline tool management.

Geraldine D. Luckett