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ISCAR E-catalogue for the metal cutting industry

ISCAR E-catalogue for the metal cutting industry

E-Catalogues Revolutionising The Cutting Tool Industry

ISCAR’s e-catalogue links to the New ISCAR Tool Advisor (NEOITA), which recommends the best tools for a given application.

A company catalogue is the best source for one to acquaint with a company’s product offerings.  The term “catalogue” derives from the ancient Greek word “list”. Originally, a product catalogue was a printed document listing all the products a company offered. Later, the catalogue incorporated more reference data, general recommendations for using products, and additional related technical information.

In cutting tool manufacturing, these supplements presented the initial cutting conditions, accessories, mounting and regrinding instructions, troubleshooting, and technical information. Computer technologies evolved the electronic version of the hard copy catalogue with significantly expanded capabilities and many more search options. A user-friendly utility software of e-catalogues facilitates optimised product search, filtering functions, visual assets, and reference data.  

Why E-Catalogues?

In metalworking, e-catalogues are becoming the dominant factor in describing a company’s product range and services. The cutting tool industry is no exception. A “soft” digital product data format dominates the traditional “hard” printed methods. By utilising online catalogue information, the digital era concept of smart data-driven manufacturing prioritises the digital component of a cutting tool as the delivered product presented.

Today, conventional paper catalogues only provide the key dimensions of a cutting tool, an indexable insert, a tool holder, and spare parts and consequently do not offer enough information. This data provided the basis for computer-assisted engineering (CAE) systems, assuring a platform for independent data exchange.

The global world features more intensive data transfer and the gathering pace of digital era processes that inevitably lead to a substantially increased unified data representation when building digital information for the metalworking industry.

Hence, the important step in unifying digital information related to cutting tools and tool holders has already begun and was derived from the ISO 13399 standard. Following the guidelines of this standard, ensures data uniformity making the digital twins understandable for real and virtual components of manufacturing systems, and supports real-time information exchange between the components. An ISO 13399-compatible CAE system, downloads tool data directly from computer-based clouds to provide instantaneous online information. Therefore, meeting the requirements of ISO 13399 is the key feature of an effective cutting tool e-catalogue.

Advancements In E-Catalogue

The e-catalogue has built-in functions that facilitate the effective processing and filtering of information catered to customer needs. The virtual tool assembly comprises a cutting tool, indexable inserts or exchangeable cutting heads, a tool holder, extensions and reducers which help with pre-machining anti-collision planning. The tool assembly enables the download in a CAE system for virtual machining simulations to optimise cutting strategy, collision checking, improve tool configuration and other procedures for technological machining processes.

In addition, the e-catalogue connects with data sources such as optimal tool selection and provides access to e-commerce functions. This makes the e-catalogue an inseparable subsystem embedded in a world of information technologies associated with the cutting tool manufacturer. Due to the progress in mobile phone technologies, the cutting tool e-catalogue has advanced, thus providing access to tool information from virtually everywhere and delivering access to virtual tool assemblies.

Another undeniable advantage of the e-catalogue, compared to the traditional paper catalogue, is its ease of maintenance. Changes can be made instantaneously online, anytime. By using the e-catalogue, customers can receive an STP file independently with a .p21 extension that meets the requirements of ISO 13399 standard to transfer data for CAE systems. E-CAT assembly options enable generating digital twins in 3D and 2D formats for all main product lines: milling, hole making, and turning. 

New ISCAR Tool Advisor

ISCAR’s e-catalogue links to the New ISCAR Tool Advisor (NEOITA), which recommends the best tools for a given application. Alongside the NEOITA app is the Machining Power Calculator that estimates power consumption and cutting forces during machining, the Productive Geometries for finding inserts of alternative cutting geometry, the Grade Optimiser for the quest of equivalent cutting material grades, and the FAQ section with answers on frequently asked questions.

Also, features various search options that facilitate the finding of tools, inserts, tool holders or accessories according to a designation, a family, a brand name, and more.  The ISCAR E-CAT informs the customer about the company’s promotions, provide test reports and other useful data. It is available from the SCAR WORLD app, a virtual “one-stop-shop” for IOS and Android platforms that integrate all ISCAR online apps and interfaces.

In metalworking, the cutting tool e-catalogue is firmly rooted as an effective and diversified source of vital information and creative possibilities. Will the e-catalogue replace the paper catalogue in the near future? Printed catalogues remain in demand as many customers stay avid users of paper catalogues for reasons associated with readily available information which does not rely on internet infrastructures.  Cutting tool manufacturers continue to provide both product catalogue versions in electronic and printed versions. There is no doubt that the digitisation of metalworking will bring the use of e-catalogues to the forefront of technology while providing additional functional values for the metalworking industries.




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