Automated tool control features advanced digital imaging capability

Snap-on Industrial’s Level 5 ATC tool control system offers extra security.

Kenosha, Wis., Oct. 19, 2010—For industries around the world, precise, efficient tool control can mean the difference between project success and failure. With the introduction of the automated Level 5 ATC tool control system from Snap-on Industrial, advanced digital imaging technology delivers another layer of security in applications that extend from standard jobs to highly controlled, mission-critical functions.

In addition to day-to-day issues such as inefficient maintenance practices or critical tool breakdown, Foreign Object Damage (FOD) and maintaining strict Foreign Material Exclusion (FME) procedures pose a whole new level of risk. The Snap-on Level 5 ATC system advances tool management by ensuring both tool access and security. The blending of a proven tool storage box design with keyless entry, plus a powerful PC-based database and innovative digital imaging technology, has created a premium asset management category.

Snap-on Level 5 ATC starts with Snap-on Industrial’s HID proximity card keyless entry system. Each user’s assigned ID or key card is embedded with a user-specific code, so the tool storage unit knows at every moment exactly who has accessed the system. As the tool storage unit is accessed to remove or return tools, ATC uses digital imaging technology to scan each tool in the drawer and determine its status. ATC's audio system announces tool issue and return. If tool status is questionable, the Snap-on Level 5 ATC can display the disputed tool transaction on the 7 inch LCD or it can be identified in the audit image at the administrator’s PC. User log data and time-date information is available for every transaction.

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