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One Simple Solution to Reduce Waste of Searching for CNC Machine Tooling

August 19, 2013


How much time is lost when your CNC Operator has to search for tooling? This is a classic example of waiting waste, motion (walking) and transportation (moving items) waste.

Q. What’s one of the main causes of this waste?

A. Not having what you need, where you need it.

Many CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machines have carousels to hold needed tooling, but unfortunately it never seems to hold all the tools you need. Countless manufacturing companies and job shops keep the CNC tooling in a Tool Room. Regrettably, these are not typically located next to the CNC’s.

Here’s a simple solution – have CNC Tool Carts next to your machine. By placing needed CNC Tooling next to the machines you can reduce waste by keeping them at “point-of-use”. This is part of “Set-in-Order” from the 5S’s. Organize tooling by how often it is used, label it and color-code it to make it easier to identify quickly.

If you can reduce or eliminate the wasted searching time, there can be phenomenal savings.

Estimated Payback Examples:Searching Waste Infographic

Search Time For Tools

(per Shift)

Number of Shifts

Estimated Hourly Rate

(Man, Machine, Production)

Savings per Year

(5 days per week, 52 weeks per year)

15 minutes

1

$100

$6,500

15 minutes

2

$100

$13,000

15 minutes

3

$100

$19,500

25 minutes

1

$150

$16,250

30 minutes

2

$175

$45,500

15 minutes

3

$50

$19,500

5S Supply has partnered with Stor-Loc to provide five different styles of CNC Tool racks including:

  • TO-SL-CSC_Detail-1Stor Caddy – great for Changeovers! Customize with 1-3 drawers to hold inspection tools, etc.
  • Tool Cart – includes two pull out decks for tooling
  • Tool Rack – when you need more storage at point-of-use, eight shelves
  • Tool Caddy – mobile solution to hold your tools,
  • Mini Tool Caddy – when space is at a premium, four shelves

 Get your workplace organized, save time and money with Stor-Loc and 5S Supply!

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