Track All Your Tools
Try tracking all your tool inventory, not just the 20% of fast movers. Your supplier should
be able to get those tools to you almost immediately. Usually the tools that cause serious delays are the other 80%. Can't
find a tool holder, collet, special tool, or even a die or fixture when it's needed. These are the tools that cause
setup delays, production delays and cost the most to get and keep a job running or meet schedule.
TLC32 tracks all your tools. If that special one of kind holder is in a rack in Preset or in
one of the pockets of a 140 tool change magazine, TLC32 will know.
TLC32 has a comprehensive algorithm for replenishing tools that need reordering. It looks at
needs you define for restocking each tool, fast moving or not, expendable or not. It will factor tools that are refurbished
(In Rework) to minimize ordering new tooling.
The tool crib can track who has your tools, what machine is using them and what job (work orders)
they are charged. So at any time you can find any tool issued. When and if they are returned, the crib can restock them, send
them to rework to be refurbished or scrap the tool. You can control all this information for notification of availability,
condition and reorder status of all your tooling.
TLC32 will assist by issuing reworked or used tooling first, unless you override the issue or
specify new only for an assembly/kit build.
Since TLC32 tracks all tool issues and returns you can easily spot tool abuse or overuse at
your machines or by operators with the Status Reports provided by the system. If you turn the Job Costing feature ON
you can track the cost of tools issued, scrapped, returned from the Job. It breaks the cost down by perishable, durable and
inspection tools/gages and gives you running totals. You can monitor how close you are to maintaining your tool budget for each
job. (You do have a tool budget, don't you??)
And all this activity is reportable through the many standard reports that TLC32 provides, or
write your own through the optional ReportWriter, where you can define your own reporting parameters. You can also access TLC32's
data files and export information to other software.
Tool Vending not saving as much as you expected? Or Costing more than expected?
Still having tool shortages?
If you have tried other systems, or are still using brass chips or cards or have installed tool
dispensing machines and haven't achhieved the accountability your desired ----
Try TLC32's approach of tracking control
for all your tools Gages, fixtures, dies, tool holders, special tools and tooling components.