Tighter budgets strengthen need for efficient tool management

As engineering managers within the wind energy industry strive to deliver improved productivity, often with fewer skilled hands and tighter budgets, the benefits of professional tool storage and management become stronger than ever.

 

Level 5 management system

How useful would it be if all workshop tools could be tracked from one central point? Snap-on Industrial’s Level 5 automated total asset management system brings order to any workplace, enabling engineers and technicians to know where to find every tool when they need it, saving time and easing stress.

It provides complete reports on everything managers or supervisors need to keep an eye on. They are even informed when a tool needs to be refilled or ordered. And then there’s FOD. The threat of foreign object damage is a real and present danger both on and offshore. Using Snap-on Level 5 minimises the risk of human error, as automated tool control constantly tracks every tool by user, without bar codes, scanners RFID tags or other add-ons. By detecting which tools have been removed or returned it provides strong and reliable protection against FOD.]

Network ready

Level 5 ATC boxes are network ready, using Ethernet or wireless connection. They are also equipped with keyless access control, giving users secure ease of access.
The administrator can view all the boxes on the network, whether they are on or off-line, and see the status of each box, including the number of tools issued, identify active users, and review all history. System alerts, such as e-mails to supervisors, can be customised for lost or broken tools or calibration requirements.

Reports can be created on each tool’s frequency of use, inspection and calibration dates as well as other specific location requirements

 

Time-saving advantage

Richard Packham, Director UK & Europe for Snap-on Industrial commented: “Snap-on’s automated system takes tool management to an entirely new level. The ability to monitor several boxes from one central computer offers a huge time-saving advantage.”

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