Tool Crib Software Helps Reduce Machine Downtime

The TDM Tool Crib Module from TDM Systems is designed to organize a company’s tools and production resources, including tools that are located off-site.

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The TDM Tool Crib Module from TDM Systems is designed to organize a company’s tools and production resources, including tools that are located off-site. The software can map each physical tool crib and then integrate its use. It can handle a variety of crib systems, including vending machines and vertical lift systems.

The module also can map all of a crib system’s upstream and downstream processes, connecting ERP and MES systems, and supporting them with information about the actual status of production resources while recording the status and location for each tool. Tool assemblies can be dismantled and placed in storage for future use.

The software can summarize the status of as many as eight tools under one identification number, facilitate resource-oriented planning, and eliminate bottlenecks or even machine downtimes due to lack of tools, the company says.