E – Assemblies

Assemblies #

As can be seen from the window below, the Assembly data is visible and editable from different tabs within the Assembly Definition window. It has been separated into logical sections for ease of use.

Base Data #

Assembly information #

Assembly base data comprises of:

The Assembly ID number is a text field of up to 30 characters.

The Assembly description is a text field of up to 50 characters.

An issue number can be assigned to indicate the Assembly status, the icon is the Item type for an Assembly and is displayed in numerous screens within ATMS to indicate Item type.

The bars to the right hand side of the icon, will indicate a colour code (if the Assembly has been allocated a material suitability code in the technical data section), and the “View Image” check box is active if the Assembly has been associated to an image file.

Machine Group #

A machine group can be assigned to the Assembly (if required).

Stocking data #

Maximum and minimum stock levels can be set if the Assembly is to be traceable and issued as an Assembly as opposed to its constituent parts.

Current Stock #

Primary and secondary locations, with the relevant on hand quantities can be specified if the Assembly is traceable.

Family #

Assembly family and SS Codes can be assigned to Assemblies as well as Items, (if required).

Locations #

Since tool Assemblies within ATMS can be built, issued, tracked and returned, then the locations where these Assemblies can be stored can be defined in the same way as with Items. That is, single or multiple POI’s can be allocated to tool Assemblies.

Build List #

The content of Assemblies is defined and maintained from this tab. For each element within the Assembly, the following data is stored:

Unit ID
Quantity required for the Assembly
Whether the Item must be issued from the new location, or whether it can be issued from either new or used.
A comment can also be associated to each Item in the list.

Preset Data #

The pre-set data is entered and maintained within this form.
ATMS can store pre-set data for multiple edge tooling.
The preset adaptor reference, and the units – metric or imperial.

For each edge / measuring point, the following details are maintained:
Measuring Point / Edge number
Whether absolute or incremental measurements,
Z nominal value
Z minimum value
Z maximum value
Tool nose radius compensation value (TNRC)
Edge life

For the X dimensions, whether radius, or diameter, or switched off when not applicable.
X nominal value
X minimum value
X maximum value

The units of life can also be specified.

Cutting Conditions #

This section is very similar to the cutting conditions data screen.

Images can be associated with Assemblies, as a graphical file. If the graphic is a bitmap, the image is displayed by default on the Assembly base data screen.

If graphical files (by association within Windows explorer) are associated to an appropriate viewer, the user may view the graphic in detail, by selecting the icon, from the Assembly base data screen.

Text files can also be associated to Assembly, from this screen, and viewed in the same way by selecting the icon, from the Assembly base data screen. This enables additional information to be associated with Assemblies, such as set-up data, care points, safety considerations, COSHH data, etc.

Technology data can be specified against Assemblies, such as material, feeds and speeds, tool life, etc. Links to tool technology applications will be facilitated, by the link icon.

Notes for material are displayed within this view.

Support Data #

Graphic and Text files could be linked to each Assembly using this screen.

Two text boxes enable build and dismantle instructions to be associated with each Assembly. These then can be displayed at the appropriate time for tool pre setters, service stations.

Spacing information could be provided as well, specifying the quantity of half pockets overlapped to the right and to the left.

TASS Life #

This feature allows the input of additional information regarding tool life.

Here, life could be defined for each Item, depending on how and where it is used.

Users can enter a life (in minutes or parts) for a unique combination of Item / Assembly / Part / Part Type / Operation.

This would be just reference information if TASS system (Tool Assembly Service Station) were not available.

TASS users could have powerful reports that would allow them compare theoretical life vs. real life performed.