CribTrack Industrial Vending Machine Makes Inventory Management Affordable

What is CribTrack?

CribTrack is a new industrial vending solution with an evolutionary dispensing system that simplifies inventory management. Industrial items, MRO supplies, office supplies and many other consumable or reusable items can be stored and tracked through the user-friendly inventory scanner. CribTrack offers businesses a more secure, flexible, simple and affordable alternative to other industrial vending machines built on complicated machine architectures that are difficult and expensive to maintain.

CribTrack industrial storage solution offers abundant space for managing inventory with up to 200 storage bins. The supply bins are held in place by magnets, providing the flexibility to rearrange items quickly and help keep inventory organized. With its sleek design and noteworthy mobility, CribTrack can also be used in almost any indoor environment to store safety equipment, chemicals, batteries, power tools and more.

CribTrack comes with software run on a locally stored server hard drive concealed within the machine that securely backs up all data to the cloud. An included Wi-Fi router offers the flexibility to connect to a company network either hardwired via an Ethernet port or wirelessly via a Wi-Fi network.

CribTrack is also equipped with four built-in cameras that record each transaction, all of which can be reviewed on-demand.

Who Can Use It?

Any company can use CribTrack. Because just about any type of item can be stored, CribTrack is the ideal industrial storage solution for several locations and environments, including:

  • Manufacturing/industrial – drills, end mills, inserts or abrasives.
  • Restaurants – ingredients, spices or meats.
  • Hospitals – gloves, tubes, medications or scrubs.
  • Schools – cleaning supplies, lab equipment or office supplies.
  • Offices – supplies, IT equipment or printer supplies.
  • And many other applications…
About CribTrack
CribTrack Industrial Vending Machine

What’s different over other industrial vending machines?

CribTrack is different than any other industrial vending machines – It is designed to be simple, smart and secure. For example, it offers the benefit of multiple access options. To access inventory there are three built-in methods: a user assigned touchpad PIN, RF PROX card/key fob (HID, I-HID option available), and biometric fingerprint scanner. Once access is granted, an item can be ‘checked out’ by simply scanning the associated barcode. Returning an item is just as simple; scan a special built-in return barcode and follow the prompts listed on the interior 10-inch monitor.

CribTrack Authentication Pad
Enter pincode, use the PROX card or use your fingerprint to unlock the machine.

Another benefit that separates CribTrack from other inventory management machines is the 3-year warranty – a lot of the mechanical aspects of a traditional vending machine have been eliminated to produce a remarkably reliable platform. By simplifying the machine CribTrack offers a quicker method of retrieving items – other machines take longer to enter information for procuring an item, but with CribTrack, the average time it takes to complete a transaction is 15 seconds.

While other machines are inaccessible only allowing items to be dispensed by the machine itself, or dropped down like snack vending machines, CribTrack can be opened, allowing a user to inspect an item before procuring it. To manage inventory securely CribTrack provides a log of who took or returned an item from the machine. The cameras ensure the proper procedure is followed throughout the process. Because there are four cameras, all activities are recorded from several different angles and subsequently viewable on demand.

CribTrack is the perfect solution for any organization with a need for industrial vending and inventory management. It is flexible, easy-to-use, simple to manage, reliable, and economical. CribTrack allows organizations to take advantage of cost savings attained through better inventory management, accountability, and trace-ability.  For more information on CribTrack please visit www.cribtrack.com or call 1-844-744-CRIB (2742) to speak with an experienced application consultant.

 

Use OEE to Increase Machine Productivity through Data Driven Manufacturing

The innovations coming to the manufacturing world may not be brand new, but for many machine shops these evolutionary innovations, such as OEE (Operational Equipment Effectiveness) are still in the early adopter stage. “Lean Six Sigma” is one of the newer buzzwords being more frequently mentioned. The concept has been around for many years and its principles shared under a multitude of titles. For instance, this methodology has been called JIT, TQM (Total Quality Maintenance) and Kaizen to name a few.

Measure Efficiency
Measure Efficiency in Manufacturing

Regardless of the vernacular used, overall, the meaning is the same. All of these terms describe the Standardization of processes and procedures to increase efficiency and bring more IFO (Income From Operations) to the company bottom line. In other words, what these programs can offer, is the ability to measure the effectiveness of a procedure, and evaluate any waste from Time, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Over production, Over processing, Defects, and Skills.

These concepts have been around for a while but quite frankly not implemented effectively in many organizations outside of the enterprise level. Major corporations such as Toyota, Motorola, Ford, Chrysler and others in the Automotive, Medical, and Aerospace sectors have utilized these initiatives as a source of greater profit and efficiency for decades. It is now imperative for smaller and medium sized organizations to also adopt these strategies due to the competitive nature and flattening of the global economy.

Eliminate Waste

The idea of eliminating waste is not just a mindset for employees themselves to generate optimal efficiency, but it’s an ideology that crosses over to machines as well. It is beneficial for machines to be monitored, to ensure they are running correctly and producing efficiently. The evolution of software and hardware that interfaces with machine tools whether they be CNC or Manual PLC based machinery has started gaining heavy traction in the manufacturing industry. Measuring efficiency and capacity in real-time so reactive measures can be deployed quickly is the goal all organizations are trying to achieve in order to increase overall profitability.

Getting rid of Muda (Wastefulness) needs to be the goal moving forward for smaller to medium shops. Waste creates constraints leading to profit losses, poor delivery, poor quality, and lower machine efficiency. Smaller companies have less cash flow to absorb these inefficiencies thus making it crucial to have the data to manage constraints in real-time.

Data Driven Manufacturing

Data Driven Manufacturing is another new buzzword that is an important concept to consider.  Look at the sports world and all the analytics that are now used to determine how managers and coaches react to situational events in a game. Watch the movie “Money Ball” – the sports industry laughed and scoffed at Billy Bean who was the pioneer in using analytics to build a baseball team. The team the movie was based on, however, achieved one of the longest winning streaks ever in Major League Baseball. Fast forward to today and making data driven decisions is a practice used by most organizations. Using that same philosophy in manufacturing by capturing data in real-time to optimize efficiency and productivity can have a profound impact on increasing IFO.

OEE (Operational Equipment Effectiveness)

OEE (Operational Equipment Effectiveness) is a Six Sigma Concept that is gaining traction in the industrial industry and one of the most important pieces of data that can be mined to affect IFO.

OEE is made up of measuring three key components: Availability, Performance, and Quality.

An overall OEE score of 85% is considered world class. When initially installing its software to measure these three components in real-time at customer facilities Steiner has found most machines are under optimized and operating in the 30-40% range.

Availability, Quality & Performance, the key components of OEE.

Now thinking about that a little more deeply, if a machine tool – which is the money maker in all manufacturing facilities – is only utilizing 35% of actual capacity available, then it is not running on all cylinders. Before purchasing a new machine tool, manufacturers should ensure existing equipment is being utilized at its maximum output capacity, thereby potentially avoiding the need to make a large capital investment. Steiner deploys a software solution that has solved this operational inefficiency problem for all machines in the industry, whether it be new CNC or older legacy CNC equipment.

The software solution can also extract this vital data from Stamping Equipment, Injection Molding Equipment, Screw Machine Equipment, and many other computerized and manually operated machines in the metal working industry. Steiner currently has installs optimizing many of these types of machines and can bring the technology to any manufacturing organization.  Steiner application consultants can provide education and insights on the technology to help manufacturers better understand this innovative new data driven reporting. For more information about the software solution, please email or call 847-956-3125 to speak with a seasoned Steiner application expert.

 

Manufacturing Innovations

The Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Show is coming to Milwaukee from October 6-8, 2015. Since 1989, this 3-day conference has been the Midwest’s premier machine tool show, where the industry gathers to showcase the latest innovations in manufacturing and industrial metalworking. Featured events sprinkled over the length of the conference offer insights on various aspects of the industry strategies for incorporating 3D printing in both established and upcoming manufacturing environments.

However, it’s the dozens of exhibits on display that are the real stars of the show, including an exhibit featuring CribTrack

Visit us during the conference at booth #0538 to see our new CribTrack industrial CribTrackvending machine. This amazing yet simple tool tracking and storage system offers unprecedented security and efficiency in one cost-effective, easily maintained system. Inventory tracking and distribution of the items needed for workers to complete their daily assignments has never been easier.

CribTrack offers cameras for security, cameras that record every transaction and can be accessed from anywhere through a simple web-based interface. That kind of accountability will ensure reduced supply shrinkage. And because CribTrack has no motors or other moving parts to wear out, its energy efficient design is built for dependable, long-lasting service.CribTrack-Steiner

While you are at our CribTrack booth, don’t forget to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win a fun gift – including a shot at The Huffy Green Machine!huffy-green-machine

Steiner Electric representatives will also be stationed at booth #0135, where we will be on hand to exhibit how our Metalworking and Industrial Supply services can help reduce operating costs and maximize output efficiencies. Stop by to explore how we support the entire machine tool process. Our approach integrates the industry’s leading manufacturers and top products, which helps enable maximum productivity for our clients through process improvements and cost reductions. You’ll also find Castrol representatives at the booth with us to discuss the latest in industrial lubrication technology, and you can meet our friends from Memex, who will be offering demonstrations on Operating Equipment Effectiveness.metalworking-Steiner

We look forward to seeing you this week at the Wisconsin Expo Center in Milwaukee’s State Fair Park.

If you can’t make it, contact us for more information about our CribTrack industrial vending machine, including pricing and availability. Or find us at steinersupply.com in order to see how we can help with all of your industrial metalworking and supply needs.