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

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.

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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. Major benefits of the system include:

  • No individual tool scanning required
  • No RFID tags to install or replace
  • No limitations on tool size: from ¼” screwdriver bit to just less than the size of the drawer
  • Intuitive interface, with an easy to use a touchscreen
  • Audible voice confirmation of tool removal and replacement
  • Automatic locking for maximum security
  • Errors announced and displayed to indicate incorrect tool position or advise when a drawer is not closed

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. For example, system alerts, such as sending e-mails to supervisors, can be customized 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.

Finding the right tool for the job in hand can take up even more time if the tool is difficult to spot. Snap-on Level 5 solutions for better visibility shorten the search time. Coloured, oil resistant foam inserts in profiled drawers, easily identified tool handles, boards and toolbox organisers increase visibility and improve team productivity.

The more organised the workplace the easier and quicker it is to meet schedules. Snap-on offers complete tool audits to determine what level of tool control each customer needs. Special tool sets can be designed to meet specific requirements.

Tool cabinet security is essential to complete tool management. Snap-on’s solution to the problem of using keys which can be lost of shared with others is simple: don’t use keys at all.

Level 5 boxes are equipped with Keyless Access Control, giving users the ease of access they need but with security built in. The control system can be configured with magnetic cards, barcodes, PIN numbers and proximity cards. And using Snap-on’s proprietary software managers can control access from a system or network. Access control maintains productivity while keeping unauthorised users away.

Says Richard Packham, Director UK & Europe for Snap-on Industrial: “Snap-on’s automated system takes tool management to an entirely new level, giving workshop managers and other authorised users easy access to the tools they need for the job in hand while protecting against foreign object damage. The ability to monitor several boxes from one central computer offers managers a huge time saving advantage.”

This article originally appeared in Industrial Compliance website Aug 2021

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