New Snap‐on automated tool control system eliminates Foreign Object Damage


Snap-on Tools Australia and New Zealand has introduced a new automated tool control system designed to eliminate the threat of Foreign Object Damage in manufacturing and repair environments.

Foreign Object Damage or FOD is a well-recognised and serious threat in environments as diverse as mining and aviation right across to food production. FOD occurs when tools and repair equipment are accidentally left within machinery, potentially with dangerous consequences.

Snap‐on Industrial’s latest product release, the Level 5 Automated Tool Control (ATC) System Toolbox combines networked tool storage and inventory management software into a fully integrated and automated system.

Designed to combat the challenges presented by FOD, the new tool storage and control system can automatically track individual tools by user without bar codes, scanners, RFID tags or other add‐ons.

Snap-on’s Level 5 ATC toolboxes feature keyless entry, with each technician provided a uniquely coded identification key card so that every access can be tracked and recorded by the system. The system automatically scans the contents of each of the cabinet’s robust tool drawers, using Snap‐on’s technology to detect tools that have been issued or replaced, eliminating the need for technicians to rely on memory, or manually account for tools in and out of a storage system.

Using either Ethernet or wireless connection, the network‐ready Level 5 ATC boxes allow all activities to be reviewed from a central location. The powerful and easy‐to‐use software permits an administrator to view the status of every box including the number of tool issues, active users and activity history. System alerts through email or SMS can be customised for lost or broken tools, as well as tracking calibration requirements.

According to Snap‐on Tools Industrial Manager, Peter Marinovic, the Level 5 ATC boxes have already been installed by several aviation companies into their operations, adding that the correct use of Level 5 ATC constitutes best practice in countering FOD in a wide variety of manufacturing and repair environments.

Snap‐on’s Level 5 Automated Tool Control System Toolbox is available on two platforms: The 35” single bank roll cab, holding approximately 450 tools; and the 54” single bank roll cab, holding approximately 750 tools.

Key features of the Level 5 ATC system include 1-year electronics warranty, extended warranty available; 230V AC power required; battery version providing 16 hours of use on one charged cycle; unlimited number of assigned users; and networking through Ethernet or wireless.

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