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Tool servicing – Why it’s important to your business

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Here’s a commonplace scenario for many businesses, you purchase tools for important jobs and need them to be working consistently, but the question may be raised around the necessity of tool servicing and regular maintenance and if the extra cost is justifiable and you can just ‘get by’.

It’s a fact that broken tools result in downtime, which can affect your productivity, your relationships with your customers, compliance and even your staff morale.  So how can something like a comprehensive service package for your mission critical tooling equipment benefit your business.

Legal requirements

The main driver around tool safety is legal regulations, ensuring your business remains compliant with all the relevant legislation and fully complaint with the leading industry bodies is imperative.

The PUWER Regulations of 1998 are an important element to workplace safety, under regulation 4 it stipulates that “equipment should be suitable for the job.”  And, regulation 5, which focuses on maintenance goes on to state that “every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”

In order to remain complaint with these regulations you need to have a structured process in place for regularly maintaining and servicing your tools and equipment.

Prevent accidents

An employer has a duty of care to ensure a safe working environment and that any equipment used within their job role is safe and fully operational.  This is reflected under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1972 section 2 that highlights “Without risk to health so far as reasonably practicable.”

By regularly servicing your tools any potential issue can be identified and promptly resolved, this minimises the risks of any accident due to tools being faulty.

Improve productivity

Regular servicing of tools means any potential issues can often be avoided and if a fault does occur then swap out tools mean minimum downtime, so your staff can keep working, leading to a productive and efficient workforce across the year, keeping your essential projects on track and your customers happy.

Reduce vibration

Hand-arm vibration (HAVs) is vibration transmitted from work processes into workers’ hands and arms. It can be caused by operating hand-held power tools, such as road breakers, and hand-guided equipment, such as powered lawnmowers, or by holding materials being processed by machines, such as pedestal grinders.

If tools are not properly maintained, then vibration levels could exceed those approved and the employer could risk breaching Health & Safety regulations which pose massive fines and your staff could be left with a debilitating disability, which could have easily been avoided.

From a compliance perspective the Control of Vibration at Work 2005 Regulations focus specifically on reduced exposure times to vibrations and ensuring the levels of exposure are acceptable.  Regular tool servicing ensures that your tools are not exceeding these levels and remain safe for your company and your workers.

Cost efficiency

It’s simply not a cost effective business model to replace tools as they break and in many cases proves costlier in the long run. If you take the analogy of car servicing, when purchasing a new car, you maintain regular service schedules, this ensures your vehicle is working efficiently and any problems are addressed, there is also the need to adhere to manufacturer recommendations to keep the warranty valid. The same principle applies for your tooling.

Increased lifespan

By having your tools regularly serviced you will get the best from them and extend their lifespan and they are likely to last longer than if there was no service plan in place.  Exact tool servicing depends on specific manufacturer requirements and the shift patterns and workloads the tool is used for.

Whatever your requirement, Abbey has a range of bespoke servicing and preventive maintenance packages to suit all businesses that provide complete traceability, accountability and compliance.

To learn more about our comprehensive tool servicing packages click here.

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Top 5 tools for your Christmas list

As the festive season is upon us, what industrial power tools will make your Christmas list.  We’ve reviewed some of the most innovative and dynamic power tools currently on the market from our partner Atlas Copco and here’s what makes our final cut.

GTG25 5” Grinder 

The GTG25 grinder provides outstanding turbine technology to boost productivity, speeding up turnaround times on vital jobs.  This grinder offers outstanding efficiency over a traditional vane grinder motor and the total air consgrinderumption is significantly lower.

With this state-of-the-art turbine grinder, you get an extremely high rate of material removal on the roughest of surfaces. A speed governor ensures optimum process speed and results in reduced process time, making your workforce more productive and efficient.

Power Focus PF6000

This all new fastening solution takes productivity, ergonomics, quality output and environmental impact to a whole new level.

For safety critical assembly processes the Power Focus 6000 offers superior quality control and flexibpower-focusle integration with the ability to connect up to six tools to the same controller.  Benefit from a simple solution which means less vibrations and no more network drops.  Enjoy lower power consumption, less floor space utilisation and a much lower environmental footprint, the list of benefits really does go on and on with this great product.

LZL05 Air Motor

If you need a powerful performer in a tough environment, then a stainless steel air motor could be the answer.  A strong air-motorproduct that offers efficiency, reliability and longevity. So if your work involves strict hygiene requirements, hazardous or corrosive environments, heat, vibration or knocks, then rest assured these pose no problems for these hard-working motors.

The new LZL models are lubrication free, ensuring a cleaner working environment. Simple to service, and highly reliable, they are an excellent solution for precise mixing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and paint. They are also a light, efficient power source for general applications.

MultiFlex Swivel Multi-Directional Connector

If you are working with pneumatic assembly tools in cramped and awkward spaces or with heavy material removal tools, then we have a solution. Atlas Copco grinders and sanders are the lightest, most powerful on the market today. But to give optimum performance, they need large-dimension air hoses. As the day goes on, the hose seems to get heavier, but a MultiFlex connector can address these issues, making your workforce much more productive.

The MultiFlex swivel is an ingenious multi-directional connector. Connect your tool and the hose will stay in the ideal position, however much you and the tool move around. The MultiFlex bends in all directions while the hose stays straight. It takes the effort out of working in those cramped spaces. What’s more, the hose feels almost weightless. Combining ergonomic thinking and ingenious design this is an essential for your power tools list.

Tool Positioning System – SMC POSI LA

Put your operation on the path to zero-fault assembly! A Tool Positioning System (TPS), provides operator guidance for tool-positionerassembly operations using hand-held tools across a wide range of applications. The TPS works with an Atlas Copco torque arm and the tool controller to ensure that the joints are tightened in the correct sequence and position. If the tool is not positioned correctly, it simply won’t operate.

Atlas Copco offer a TPS with SMC carbon arms and 2 encoders to measure the length the arm travels and the angle of the arm to determine the position of the arm/tool. With this SMC carbon arm it is possible to verify the position due to the length the arm travels together with an encoder that measures the angle of the arm. The length encoder is mounted inside the arm to safe guard that nothing can interfere with the length measurement and the angle encoder is mounted at the top of the arm. The SMC POSI LA can work in both horizontal and vertical positions and be roof or wall mounted for ease of use. The accuracy of the encoders is 0.32 mm and the arm together with a TPS controller will control the sequence and position.

So what are you waiting for…. get these tools added to you Christmas list and let’s see if you’ve been naughty or nice this year and Santa brings you everything you’ve asked for.

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