Quality parts require proper setup with good tools on well-kept dies. Too often, what passes for tool maintenance is really firefighting – repairing splits, adjusting angles and adding shims – all while trying to perform a setup or as an interruption to a job that is already in process.
That’s not preventive maintenance, and it’s no way to run your factory. A reactive program like this results in unplanned downtime and excessive scrap.
You Need a Tool Crib Management System
Tool crib organization requires the ability to efficiently locate tool and die equipment as they are needed. MRO tools should be put away sharpened, in a “ready to use” state to prevent unexpected downtime the next time they are needed.
Tool crib management requires skilled personnel who know the right way to balance cutting angles to minimize wear and to protect smaller, weaker sections of the tool from the full brunt of the pressure on the die. These skills are not easy to come by, and a proper tool and die maintenance plan requires years of experience and training.
Lack of these skills and of a standardized tool management system lead to lost time. How can you ensure your MRO tool organization and preventive maintenance program are not standing in the way of your company’s productivity? Without a dedicated tool maintenance plan and management system, you may be leaving money on the table.
Outsourced MRO Crib Management
Advanced Technology Services offers outsourced tool room and maintenance services managed by our skilled technicians. Our complete tool tracking system ensures you never waste time looking for a missing tool or die. By establishing and refining a well-optimized preventative maintenance and tool management program ATS takes the mystery out of your tool and die area.
ATS works with you to determine what services you need to ensure your factory runs better. You experience less unplanned downtime, faster setups, and reduced scrap. Our tool, mold and die services include:
- Onsite skilled labor
- Machine performance monitoring and metrics
- Die management
- Standardized repair process
- Proactive maintenance
- Change engineering
- Tool Crib Management