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Machine tool management system

Energy, Materials
Manufacturing of machinery and equipment, Metal and plastic processing
Medium cost
Annual saving:
10 - 20 %
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Premises and operation areas:
Production building, Product and design, Production processes
Size of company:
Small (less than 50), Medium (less than 250), Large (more than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
What is in it for you:
Provides an overview of your machine tools to increase productivity and save resources at the same time.
Descriptive information:

A machine tool management system is used to collect data for efficient production planning. For example, it records the tools used to dliver specific orders and their operating condition at any given time. The monitoring is often done by RFIDs or barcodes.

An efficient tool management system is structured in the following manner: firstly, the core data for each tool and component (e.g. geometry, uses, operating and machine-use instructions, etc.); secondly, transaction data is collected (stock, storage location, procurement, internal and external material flow); and lastly, ensuring data is available at all relevant work stations. This general approach can be implemented through offline checklists or digitally.

Benefits for resource efficiency:

  • All workers know where to find the right tools. That reduces machine downtime and energy consumption
  • Production planning (software) is able to estimate and calculate lower storage capacity and improve order planning
  • Better utilisation of tools and more efficient production

General benefits:

  • Easy registration via electronic lists could be integrated into order planning and overall production

Depending on the project and the starting point, productivity and costs can be reduced by 10-20 %.


mav Innovation in der spanenden Fertigung, Effizientere Produktion durch Werkzeug-Management, https://mav.industrie.de/fertigung/werkzeuge/effizientere-produktion-durch-werkzeug-management/

VDI ZRE Prozesskette, Produktionsinfrastruktur, https://www.ressource-deutschland.de/instrumente/prozessketten/produktionsinfrastruktur/


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