Woodworking Network said, "High quality, innovative tool manufacturing and servicing companies can be a partner in these lean initiatives both now, with more basic tool management strategies, and in the future by providing intelligent tools as a part of the Industry 4.0 evolution." Keeping a close eye on your tools can make a huge impacts on your efforts to go lean. Knowing everything you can about your tools and your machines is extremely important for both lean manufacturing and safety.
Like all good companies who are committed to continuous improvement, you can positively impact your business by implementing fundamental Lean Manufacturing concepts immediately with minimal outside training. Here are a few ways that your tooling provider can help you. Organization Professional tool manufacturers issue unique part numbers to every piece of tooling and follow strictly to the issuance of new part numbers any time there is a change to form, fit or function of a tool or component. Through tool management, by a competent vendor, all related information including tool drawings, spare part lists, machine-line layouts, and so forth should be kept in organized physical and or electronic files. In this way, correct replacement parts can be ordered efficiently and on-time, and issues can be identified and solved rapidly with the proper information at hand. Read More