ISO 13399 is an international standard for the digital representation of cutting tool data. GTC (Generic Tool Catalog) is a complement to ISO 13399 for vendor neutral classification of cutting tools and data file structures. By supporting these industry standards, the cutting tool, workholding and machine tool product data residing on MachiningCloud may be easily imported into any shop software supporting these standards — CAD/CAM programming, simulation, tool management, etc.

MachiningCloud utilizes an ISOPlus strategy, going beyond ISO 13399 and GTC to include valuable product and usage data such as the depth of cut and cutting speeds and feeds needed for CAD/CAM programming and CNC operations. For this purpose, MachiningCloud follows the MTConnect standard. MTConnect is a manufacturing industry standard to facilitate the organized retrieval of process information from numerically controlled machine tools.

ISO/GTC Mapping Services

For cutting tool manufacturers who do not have an ISO/GTC catalog, they may publish their original native product data onto MachiningCloud. In this case, the cutting tool manufacturer will be presenting their products to their customer in a familiar and comfortable format, preserving the product’s unique brand and identity. The service of converting that native data to ISO/GTC/MTConnect and feeding it to the shop software is then performed by MachiningCloud. This eliminates the need for a cutting tool manufacturer to wait for a full ISO conversion before stepping into the new digital world of Industry 4.0. Furthermore, it eliminates the need for the customer to learn a completely new language and format before gaining the advantage of today’s digital world.

Supporting any ISO/GTC Cutting Tool Catalog

Any cutting tool catalog in ISO/GTC format may be easily loaded onto MachiningCloud. As a result, the cutting tool product data is always up-to-date, available to everyone and typically includes global and local stock availability. The result is optimal tooling choices when searching, selecting and sharing cutting tools for jobs; and when building assemblies and exporting the tooling data to CAD/CAM, ERP and other shop software.