Choose the Right Way to Store Jobsite Tools & Supplies
What are the options for tool security in your plant?
The National Crime Insurance Bureau estimates that over $1 billion of construction tools and equipment is stolen every year. Of course, if you’ve ever run a construction or renovation site, a large maintenance concern, a tool crib, or other industrial job site where plenty of valuable tools are there for the taking, that won’t surprise you in the slightest.
Everyone from Airline maintenance mechanics to assembly and maintenance techs face the problem. The loss of equipment & tools, the productivity dumps, and the climate of dishonesty they create are all drains on efficiency and profitability for just about every commercial operation. we’ve always said that half the security battle is in the storage methods; security begins with the way things are stored. It cannot be an afterthought…
Some of the options from a hardware perspective include:
- Multi-point lockers and storage cabinets that allow quick access to stored items
- Wire partitions & security cages that enclose an area completely and deny access to unauthorized personnel
- Modular drawer cabinets that allow things like bits and components in a locked, organized manner
- Security storage lockers and caging for shelving and racks that quickly separate secure storage areas from general inventory
Storage is only one way to increase security. The standard methods of process, guards, cameras, careful hiring, and monitoring systems are all still valid ways to increase security in your operation. Even if you deploy these kinds of secure storage devices, proper usage is required to make them successful.
Visit our security resources area for more information.
Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Vice President of Marketing with more than thirty years of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. His work is published in multiple industry journals an websites on a variety of warehousing topics. He writes about automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations and those who operate them.