Keeping track of tools is essential for smooth running of any production unit. Being one of the critical resources for production, non-availability of tools can affect productivity of any manufacturing shop floor seriously. In this paper, a novel tool-tracking system, which can be used to monitor the movements of tools in a shop floor to prevent tool loss and tool hoarding, is described. The system uses miniature transmitters embedded in the tools together with a number of receiver stations located strategically around the shop floor. Each tool intermittently transmits a coded signal so that it may be identified as well as located. Simulation studies show that the system is effective particularly in situations where the productivity would have been low because of high tool losses.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering