complex assembly. But we also knew we could improve our effi ciencies with more attention paid to our tool management activities,” said Griffes. The company decided that it needed some management support of its own to take its reputation for making exceptional products and delivering them on-time to the next level.
Prior to 2009, Shape used cabinets to house and keep track of its tool usage in the fi rm’s toolroom during the manufacture of bumpers, pedestrian bars, which prevent pedestrians from being thrown under a vehicle if struck by that vehicle, and various other products. Shape-NetShape provides ultra-high-strength steel and injection-molded bum- per systems.
Griffes and his superiors, however, never truly had an accurate read on tool consumption, either for parts produced or materials machined on Shape’s six Bridgeport mills, Haas and Mazak CNC units, four grinders, and various drill presses, cut-off saws, and other lathes. Materials that are machined
Vending specialist, Matt Dutkiewicz, and Shape’s local MSC representative, Lola Brophy regularly visit together to ensure that the vending machine is functioning as expected and that the tooling drawers are loaded with the best MSC brands that will deliver optimum performance for whatever is going to be machined.
include primarily A2, D2, M2, 4140, prehardened, and cold- rolled steels; plus plastics and nylon. “We knew a vending machine would be a wise invest- ment because we had heard how much time and money had
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