Tooling management

A significant issue which can determine the efficiency of the manufacturing process is to ensure that not only material is delivered efficiently but that the tooling required to process it is also delivered to the same place and at the appropriate time.

By adapting the processes we use for material supply, we have developed a service which has been proven for a number of years and has the following features:

  • Tools are barcoded and stored in assigned locations.
  • Delivery is made within hours of a customer signal to point of use whether this is at the customer’s location or their subcontractor.
  • After use, tools are cleaned, any necessary renovation work is carried out and protective films applied.
  • A tracking system monitors the location of all tools throughout the process.

The benefits obtained by customers who use this service include the following:

  • Elimination of the 'lost' tooling problem.
  • Elimination of production delays.
  • Reduction in the amount of tooling damage.
  • Reduction in the compensation of 3rd party tool owners.
  • Additional space freed up for customers core manufacturing activities.
  • Visibility of all tools and their location across the whole supply chain.

If you would like to know more about any of these services we can supply case studies and would be pleased to arrange for a specialist to present the approach in more detail and discuss your specific needs. Please talk to your thyssenkrupp Aerospace sales representative.