Careless tool control issues cause companies thousands of dollars each year. This is due to tools either being lost, broken or misplaced. Careless tool control issues also include foreign object debris, such as tools being accidentally left within an aircraft after maintenance. In order to avoid these issues from happening, precise tool control is of extreme importance.
Proper tool control is a key factor in ensuring all work performed is being done with the right tools. Proper tool control also aids in ensuring all tools that are being used are properly calibrated and no tools that are being used are left in areas they should not be. Benefits of tool control include:
- Minimum downtime searching for lost or misplaced tools.
- Decreased chances of mistakes due to improper tools or uncalibrated tools.
- Limited reworking caused by improper tools used during maintenance.
- Decrease in company expenses due to health and safety issues.
METHODS OF TOOL CONTROL
In order to successfully keep track of company tools, one of the following methods should be used:
TOOL SHADOW BOARDS
A tool shadow board is a cheap way to control and track tools. A tool shadow board consists of either a wooden board or cupboard that has been painted a light color, preferably white, and has a black outline of each tool hanging within it.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is another way of tracking tools. This method uses RFID tags and readers to help identify the use and movement of each individual tool.
DUAL LAYER FOAM INLAYS
Dual layer foam inlays can be applied to any tool box or tool storage to help better track tools. It is applied by cut out in the dual colored foam, which then allows users to easily identify tools that may be missing.