December 13, 2017

Tool Crib Management


tool crib management

Keep your tool crib stocked with everything it needs, and not an item more

If you’ve ever seen a well-run tool crib, it’s unmistakable: all of the consumables are stocked at optimal levels, all the reusable items are where you expect them to be, and there’s no huge, unnecessary stock of items taking up space and wasting money. A tool crib that’s managed well increases worker productivity, facilitates more predictability and strategy in the buying process, minimizes downtime for equipment maintenance, and streamlines the supply chain. In an environment managed by¬†GopherWerx Storeroom, powerful tool crib management software and modular hardware combine to offer vendor-managed and self-operated locations a simple, accurate, and efficient system for tool crib inventory management.

Tool Crib Management Software and Hardware Solutions by GopherWerx

The GopherWerx Storeroom solution simplifies complex tool crib processes and provides thorough reporting around storeroom activity:

  • Various levels of security can be set up to allow authorized employees to use their IDs to gain entry, creating an automatic log of users and patrons who have accessed the tool crib. (Requires the GoSecure add-on)
  • RFID or barcode scanning equipment facilitates a streamlined check-in/check-out transaction process.
  • Alternately, employees can use the GoMobile application and any connected hand scanner to log transactions on the move. (Requires the GoMobile add-on)
  • Built-in reports include transaction summaries, item history, patron history, “fast movers”, and more. Additional reports can be developed as needed for your workflow.
  • The tool crib management software facilitates inventory audits on whatever schedule you set.

The powerful reporting engine provides a detailed, accurate picture of inventory levels, usage, and carrying costs. Tool crib supervisors can easily determine tool maintenance requirements, expiring parts, overstock, and restock needs.

The business case for using GopherWerx tool crib management software

The cost savings and inventory optimization offered through GopherWerx Storeroom offers numerous benefits to companies with busy storerooms and tool cribs:

  • Having replacement parts consistently available enables timely repairs, so equipment is up and running longer.
  • Inventory transactions can be tracked by individual, cost center, billable job, zone, or location.
  • Restocking alerts help guard against out-of-stock issues including the cost of high priority shipping.
  • Real-time updates to a centralized cloud-based database means inventory counts remain accurate across all zones and locations.
  • The system tracks when stored items require scheduled preventive maintenance, so there’s no surprises or compliance issues regarding replacement parts or tools remaining in safe working condition.
  • Following lean inventory management¬†best practices reduces overstock issues, streamlines purchasing and frees up storage space.

The flexibility of the inventory management software behind GopherWerx Storeroom enables our customers to craft the optimum tool crib inventory solution for unique circumstances. If any of Storeroom’s out-of-the-box capabilities aren’t a perfect fit for your situation, contact Freedom RFID to discuss a custom solution that will work better.

GopherWerx is a computer software solution for inventory and RFID tag management.