Snap-on’s Level 5 management system tells rail workshop managers what they need to know

Rail engineering workshop managers would no doubt find it really useful if they could monitor several tool cabinets from one central computer. Even better, if each cabinet could tell them which tools have been taken out, which engineer or technician is using them and when they have been returned. Snap-on Industrial’s Level 5™ tool management system makes both of those possible. Powerful software enables managers and supervisors to review activity at all boxes in their location from one central computer, avoiding the need to inspect each box. And an audible voice announcement advises which tools have been removed or replaced.

Keeping track of every tool and piece of equipment, especially when multiple cabinets are being used, presents a major challenge to rail workshop managers.

If they are under pressure to deliver improved productivity, often with fewer skilled hands and tighter budgets, the benefits of professional tool storage and management become stronger than ever.

Snap-on Industrial’s Level 5™ automated total asset management system minimises the risk of human error. Automated tool control constantly tracks every tool and detects which ones have been removed or returned, providing greater protection against foreign object damage. It also enables engineers and technicians to find every tool they need, when they need it, saving time and easing stress. The system provides complete reports on everything managers or supervisors need to know. Th ey are even informed when a tool needs to be refilled or re-ordered.

Engineered to track individual tools by user, automatically, without bar codes, scanners, RFID tags or other add-ons, the system works at the speed its users demand. Level 5™ ATC boxes are network ready, using either Ethernet or wireless connection. Major benefits of the system include:

  • No individual tool scanning required.
  • No RFID tags to install or replace.
  • No limitations on tool size: from ¼” screwdriver bit upwards.
  • Intuitive interface, via touchscreen.
  • Audible voice announcements advise both tool removal and replacement.
  • Automatic locking for maximum security.
  • Errors announced and displayed to indicate incorrect tool position or to advise when a drawer is not closed.

Administrators can view all the boxes on their network, whether they are on or off -line, and see the status of each box, including the number of tools issued, identify active users and review all history.

System alerts, such as sending e-mails to supervisors, can be customized for lost or broken tools or calibration requirements. Reports can be created on each tool’s frequency of use, inspection and calibration dates as well as other specific location requirements.

Finding the right tool for the job in hand can take up even more time if tools are difficult to identify. Coloured, oil resistant foam inserts in profiled Level 5™ drawers, easily identified tool handles, boards and toolbox organisers increase visibility and improve team productivity.

Cabinet security is essential. Snap-on’s solution to the problem of using keys, which can be lost or shared with others, is simple: don’t use keys at all. Level 5™ boxes are equipped with Keyless Access Control, giving authorised users easy, secure access.

The control system can be configured with magnetic cards, barcodes, PIN numbers and proximity cards. Snap-on’s proprietary software enables managers to control access from a system or network.

Richard Packham, Director UK & Europe for Snap-on Industrial says: ‘Snap-on’s automated system takes tool management to an entirely new level. The ability to monitor several boxes from one central computer offers rail workshop managers a huge advantage.’

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