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Management of tool inventory in mission-critical operations to actively prevent FOD and save time.
Tool tracking plays its role in mission-critical operations where effective tool inventory management and accountability are key to actively preventing FOD incidents and promoting time savings, such as aviation, rail, defense, nuclear, manufacturing, and construction.
A tool tracking system automates all tool inventory management procedures by using wireless RFID tags, smart tool storage such as an RFID toolbox, and customized software to identify, track and control tools in real-time throughout their workflow and lifecycle.
By improving both the accuracy and the effectiveness of tool tracking, RFID tool tracking reduces the substantial costs of tool availability and life cycle.
The limitations of manual tool tracking in industrial environments are well documented:
Tool tracking systems are deployed in mission-critical environments that cannot afford the FOD and FME risks that come with relying on employees to manually track and record the hand tools, power tools, and equipment they use throughout the day.
But successfully deploying tool inventory management systems involves overcoming many challenges regarding the tool inventory, existing processes, change management, and technology.
Aviation and industrial operations have first-hand experiences of the limitations of manual tool inventory management relying on tool foam organizers, sign-in/sign-out procedures, visual identifiers, or barcodes.
Xerafy has developed a unique range of rugged RFID tagging options, built on overcoming several challenges of traditional RFID technology relating to Tool Management when it comes to metal interference, harsh environments, and long-range read distance requirements.
Connected Tools are professional tools coming with native RFID features to enable tracking, identification, location, usage data capture.
Unlike retrofit tools that gain RFID features at point-of-use, Connected Tools see the RFID chip integrated into the very design of the item and embedded by the manufacturer.
Xerafy has pioneered this new approach with leading manufacturers such as Stanley Black & Decker (for its Cribmaster, Proto, and Facom brands), Kyoto Tool, SnapOn. Tool manufacturers respond to the strong interest for evolutions in tool management and FOD prevention.