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Digital Intelligence to Accelerate Productivity

Tool selection, tool configuration and the best applicable tooling advice based on the customer's part and process requirements can be found in Kennametal's NOVO. Here, a model of an HTS drill assembly is shown with all associated inserts, adaptors and spare parts.

When identifying tools needed to machine the pictured component, NOVO provides the user with one comprehensive report listing all necessary tools and detailed dimensional data and application parameters for each tool.

In each report, NOVO provides all associated data for each tool assembly, including detailed dimensional data and the application parameters to machine the component

All jobs are stored on the Machining Cloud and can be shared with fellow NOVO users. The dimensional data of the tool items and assemblies can be output in an XML format that can be imported directly into CAM and tool management systems.

Kennametal is launching NOVO, a new set of digital tools designed to address the critical need for improved productivity and process knowledge for manufacturing companies.

NOVO is process knowledge delivered via the Machining Cloud. "NOVO solves many challenges for process planners, manufacturing engineers and those who want the most efficient machining strategies based on the features of their parts," said a company spokesperson. "Customers are able to access NOVO via a PC application and tablet solutions. With the click of a button, the user will have access to all of the knowledge from more than 50,000 branded Kennametal products to achieve a more productive solution in a fraction of the time spent searching catalogs."

"NOVO works like a process planner," said Thomas Long, head of the newly formed Virtual Machining RDE department at Kennametal. "It works from the feature back to the machining strategy and then finds the best tools for each strategy. In addition, each project is tied to application data gleaned from Kennametal's experts and decades of experience. Search for a specific Kennametal part and you also get models and all associated inserts, adaptors and spare parts."

"Facing ever-increasing demands for productivity and efficiency, manufacturing technology providers have responded with computer-driven machine tools, digital-based computer-aided design and manufacturing software (CAD/CAM) and significant advances in tooling," said the spokesperson. "Yet one major barrier threatens this scenario: a significantly widening skills gap as older workers retire and new workers fail to engage in manufacturing careers."

"To effectively bridge the skills gap for our customers, we have developed this innovative platform to distribute the collected knowledge of Kennametal," said Francois Gau, Vice President, Strategic Marketing and New Business Development. "More than a catalog, NOVO brings users into a community, harnessing all ongoing expertise and providing fast access to best-in-class process knowledge. The result empowers users by providing the right solutions specifically tailored to their operations. It solves problems instead of managing data."

The vision for NOVO is to be integrated with major CAD/CAM packages and machine tool CNC controls so designers or programmers will have instant access to Kennametal knowledge without having to leave their function.

"With a refined and intuitive tool advisor, tool selector and tool configurator, everything down the line gets more efficient - from parts quoting through programming, presetting, and production," said Gau.

For more information contact:

Kennametal Inc.

P.O. Box 231

1600 Technology Way

Latrobe, PA 15650


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