Missing tool reporting
An important part of any tool control program is a process for missing tool reporting. In order to achieve the goal of accounting for all tools to ensure a safe product for the customer, a culture must be present that encourages employees to report any missing tool. This procedure should be clear as to how often tools need to be inventoried, how the employee should report a missing tool, and the steps to be taken once a missing tool is reported. An important part of this is the person who has the authority to release the aircraft in the event a missing tool is not found.
RFID Tool Control
3M has introduced a tool control solution using radio frequency identification (RFID) to the marketplace. This tool tracking solution was announced at the NBAA convention this past November. The RFID tool tracking system includes tracking software, RFID tags with protective labels, and RFID handheld readers. The system is currently being installed at The Nordam Group’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, facility. Dr. Sandra Tokach, general manager for 3M’s Aerospace and Aircraft Maintenance Division, says, “For aerospace manufacturers and MRO providers alike, systems that use RFID will bring much-needed efficiencies across a wide array of processes; in NORDAM’s case, for tool tracking.”
API recently introduced Electronic Supply Program (ESP) to the market. This is an Internet-based software program that uses handheld barcode readers and allows customers to automate inventory control and parts replenishment. As an added feature, ESP also has a tool control module. This module allows tools to be tracked according to a customer’s needs — whether it is by work order, N-number, or employee number. It can also track tool calibration requirements and send email alerts when a tool is approaching a calibration due date.
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