Vending solution Tool management on the shop floor made simple

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

UK — The manufacturer and supplier of solid carbide and indexable cutting tools, Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC), has now introduced the new Smart Drawer vending solution.

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ITC introduced the new Smart Drawer Vending Solution.
ITC introduced the new Smart Drawer Vending Solution.
(Source: ITC)

The new Smart Drawer vending solution supports inventory management and helps to cut costs on the shop floor. Using smart technology to dispense single or multiple items, the configurable drawer system ensures that important tools are always available.

The Smart Drawer makes secure storage and dispensing simple and delivers reliable, accurate and monitored control of cutting tool inventory. The system comprises individually locked compartments that are controlled by an easy-to-use touchscreen interface and operation is fully customisable to provide staff with self-serve access to cutting tools and equipment on demand.

With a high storage capacity and a small footprint, the Smart Drawer makes storing, tracking and dispensing products quick and easy, without compromising reliability. Some of the key features include a touchscreen interface for quick product selection, intuitive administration functions for simple stock control, enhanced rapid refill functionality for speedy and accurate restocking, customisable storage configuration for single or multiple items, a range of drawer sizes to fit the users' stock list and Wi-fi network connection capability. All of this provides manufacturers with complete control and transparency of the supply chain with full audit trails to see which colleague uses what specific cutting tools — providing a complete insight of when, where and why that product was taken from a storage solution that is secured for 24/7 access whenever you need it.

The system available from ITC communicates with the cloud-based Supply Pro Intelligent Software solution that can be configured to meet your business demands. Working with the supplier and their technical partners at Tooling Intelligence, end users can choose from a range of options to optimise their vending software by adding a VIM (Virtual Inventory Module). This allows inventory to controlled away from the vending machine. These could include fixtures, oils, and basically anything that cannot be stored in the vending machine. A barcode reader can be added to the system, so anything vended can be allocated to a works order. This gives an accurate tooling cost for each works order. A major bonus when quantifying costs of tooling in a production environment.

As a fully reconfigurable system, the Smart Drawer can be adapted over time as the inventory requirements of your business evolve with the facility for auxiliary units to be added to increase the storage capacity.