NTB collaborates with Siemens, Sandvik Coromant, Iscar and Kennametal to make GTC data exchange format available to the public

NTB Interstate University of Technology Buchs launched gtc-tools.com to provide information to the public on the Generic Tool Catalog cutting tool data exchange format.

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NTB Interstate University of Technology Buchs, an institute that specializes in engineering informatics, launched gtc-tools.com to provide information to the public on the Generic Tool Catalog (GTC) cutting tool data exchange format.

The GTC data exchange format was developed with Siemens PLM Software, Sandvik Coromant, Iscar and Kennametal. This format is available to all tool vendors and application developers enabling them to share cutting tool data more easily and precisely.  GTC enables a direct connection between the tool vendor and the application without the need of an intermediary company. GTC format catalogs from Sandvik Coromant, Iscar, Kennametal and other companies are currently being deployed into production by leading manufacturing companies.

Having access to complete, reliable, comprehensive cutting tool data has been a need for CAM and PLM software users for a long time. ISO 13399 created a common language for industrial product data, but there was also a need for additions, such as tool classification, class drawings and pictures. GTC makes this additional information available for use by cutting tool vendors and applications developers.

Siemens PLM Software’s Manufacturing Resource Library (MRL), part of its Teamcenter® software portfolio that provides classification and data management for manufacturing engineering resources, can import catalogs in GTC format, enabling the use of tool data and 3D models in the creation of tool assemblies that can be seamlessly used in Siemens’ NX™ software for tool assembly documentation and in NX CAM for tool path creation and simulation.

Sandvik Coromant, one of the founders of ISO 13399, provides catalogs in GTC format compliant with this standard. GTC is also supported in Adveon™, a tool library application developed by Sandvik Coromant. Adveon™ interfaces to several CAM systems.

In order to access essential cutting tool information within the design and manufacturing processes, Kennametal is providing customers with product catalogs in the GTC format. Kennametal relies on NOVO™ for its tool advisor and management application that will support the creation of GTC catalogs that can be imported into Siemens' software.