An effective tool depot is flexible and can adjust to storing any kinds of tools as needed. Tool depots are mainly found in the manufacturing sector where a wide range of tools must be stored at the business site. Central tool storage solutions also ensure that the tool depots are managed efficiently. There are two basic types of tool storage solutions. "Man to goods" means that the employee must find and retrieve tools in the storage area, and must also bring the tools back when finished using them. Setting up this kind of tool storage is not expensive and is typically found in small businesses. Overarching tool inventory management is not possible with this concept.
With the "goods to man" approach, an automated system brings the specified tools to the employee. This saves time because there is no searching and fetching. However, setting up this kind of tool depot usually requires a substantial investment. In large companies this investment is offset by more efficient tool management and storage. An effective tool depot is also distinguished by flexibility so that it can adjust to storing various types of tools as needed. Protecting tools against dirt and damage are also decisive factors when planning a tool depot. When equipped with special compartments and tool holders, the Hänel Lean-Lift® and Hänel Rotomat® are perfect choices for automated tool storage.
Tool depots from Hänel: fast access, optimal space utilization
Unlike classic storage areas, a tool depot is used exclusively to store tools, as the name suggests. Furthermore, tools are often inspected, calibrated and maintained in the tool depot. Any kind of tool can be kept in these depots – drills, screwdrivers and wrenches, dies and molds, extrusion equipment, measuring devices, milling tools, customized tools, etc. Storage systems like the Hänel Lean-Lift® make for fast and easy tool retrieval. Since all tools are stored in one central depot, there is no need to search for them at various locations in the factory or workshop. Thus employees have more time to focus on manufacturing and repair processes – that contributes to efficiency and generates revenue. Customers at automobile service centers and other kinds of repair shops also benefit from professional service and faster throughput times for repairs and maintenance.
The Hänel Lean-Lift® and the Hänel Rotomat® systems not only provide central storage and fast access to tools as needed – they also utilize the vertical space available to save floor space while also increasing overall tool storage capacity at the same time.