Tool Control for Maintenance and Service Applications
The ‘high-pressure’ nature of major service and maintenance departments can often mean that engineers are having to react quickly, in order to repair and maintain intricate parts within short timescales. Not to mention the occasions where these repairs need to take place ‘off-site’ which can be even more challenging.
We work within these environments to understand the custom nature of our clients’ requirements, and to deliver kitting solutions that ensure engineers have the correct tools for the job in hand. The availability of tools, and more importantly the correct housing of these tools, is of paramount importance – with particular focus given to ease of inspection, and identification of tools not returned.
We provide Tool Control solutions for fixed and mobile tooling kits, whilst also delivering solutions around controlling the access, removal and return of kits – with an emphasis around auditing and reporting.
Visual Tool Control – VTC
VTC provides engineers with an instant visible audit, to ensure that all tools are present or, more importantly, which tools are still to be returned.
Our precision-cut Tool Control inserts are constructed from a robust, multi-coloured foam (usually black on top of a colour) to suit the requirements of the tools to be stored, within a secure tool cabinet.
We have adopted a 3-Phase precision tool ‘profiling’ process resulting in a 2D CAD layout profile. This ensures that the spaces cut will only accommodate the tool they are designed to take, meaning that visual audits cannot be compromised by tool being replaced in the wrong location.
Our team work with each client to ensure that any tool layout design not only works from a VTC standpoint, but also considers efficient tool arrangement based on factors such as handling and spacing, frequency of tool use, storage requirements and so on.
These foam inserts can also include ID tagging within the foam itself, which helps to ensure that tools are returned correctly.
Electronics Tool Access Control
Controlling and auditing access to tools is an important process that all organisations should follow during the build and manufacturing process. The implications of missing or lost tools can be severe, and traditional methods such as manual sign-out sheets can be flawed and difficult to manage.
Coplan provides effective solutions for clients that need to automate access to tools, whilst also recording the issue and receipt of each one. Not only does this help with compliance around recording access, but it also provides a number of efficiencies - removing the requirement for paper-based reports, reducing downtime and freeing up time for personnel who previously had to manage the process.
The electronic Tool Access Control solutions which we offer can:
• Restrict access to certain tool kits or boxes to only authorised personnel, on a kit by kit basis
• Provide instant audits, to log who has accessed which tool kit and when
• Restrict further access to tool kits in instances where all tools are not confirmed as replaced
• Restrict access to tools that are not within their calibration allowance
• Provide custom reporting reports and alerts for senior staff
Supply of Cabinets and Cases
We can design, specify and deliver a solution that meets each client's complete tool control requirement.
To achieve this, we partner with a number of carefully-selected tool cabinet and case manufacturers - enabling us to meet our clients' needs, should a completely bespoke solution be required.
Once our team has profiled and confirmed the correct layouts to accommodate all of your tools, we can then work to source the correct housing solution - whether that be a portable bag or case, a mobile tool cabinet, or a furniture workshop solution.