The Generic Tool Catalogue standard was created to help cutting tool brands digitize their catalogue. Some brands have reservations about catalogue digitization and catalogue integration with 3rd party software. Their concerns are appropriate. Digital tool catalogues represent a major shift in the manufacturing industry. And, while we might take the trends towards digitization for granted in manufacturing, the decision to digitize should be carefully considered by cutting tool brands.
The Benefits for Users
We’ve already addressed how GTC helps users in Everything CAD/CAM Programmers Need to Know About the Generic Tool Catalogue (GTC) Standard. Here’s a few highlights
Find cutting tools faster,
Make smarter CNC cutting tool selections,
Easily select the right cutting tools,
Quickly create cutting tool assemblies,
Improve cutting tools job management and reporting, and
Simplify the CNC cutting tool workflow
Customers report time savings ranging from 25% – 75% when compared to traditional methods of paper catalogues, manufacturer’s website and telephone calls. Beyond cutting tool selection, CAD/CAM programmers also increase efficiency by using more productive metal removal rates and improved utilization of manufacturing assets.