Cutting tool and machine tool systems manufacturer Sandvik Coromant (Fairlawn, N.J.) has adopted the ISO 13399 standard for simplifying cutting tool data representation and exchange. The international standard for the computer-interpretable representation and exchange of industrial product data, was developed jointly by Sandvik Coromant, the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), the Cetim (Senlis, France) technical center for mechanical engineers, and other players in the metal-cutting sector. Its aim is to offer a mechanism to describe product data pertaining to cutting tools, independent of any specific system. This makes it suitable not only for neutral file exchange but also provides a basis for implementing and sharing product databases and archiving. Customer benefits reportedly include lower cost for tool information management and more accurate and efficient use of manufacturing resources. For example, there is no longer a need to change existing programming settings to use Sandvik Coromant tooling. Designed to make an engineer’s life easier, ISO 13399 adoption can ease and optimize the exchange of data between CAD, CAM, CAE, PDM/EDM and other computer-aided technologies. Further, says Sandvik, ISO 13399 allows cutting tool item information to be communicated using a logical, standardized method in a language that software can readily process.