Mining tools are used all day round at the mining operation in Canada, creating a challenge of tracking and securing the tools 24/7. Hiring a full-time tool and equipment room attendant is not cost-effective but the company needed to figure out a way to protect their valuable tools.
RFID tool tracking technology is being used by a global supplier, ToolHound Inc., maker of tool tracking systems. The ToolHound tool and equipment management system is helping a large diamond mining company to increase efficiency, productivity and security.
ToolHound’s secure RFID tracking system was selected by the diamond mining company . The ToolHound SecureCrib™ kiosk was selected to do the job. The fully automated system allows workers to quickly sign out or sign in tools to the kiosk which does not need an attendant at all times. The workers are responsible for correctly signing out and then returning the tools to the system kiosk.
Dean Perry, president of ToolHound said, “Tracking metal tools that are typically covered in dirt requires quick and reliable RFID technology, particularly when there is no tool attendant on site to verify the check-out process”. “ToolHound provides real-time tool tracking and management for convenient access without sacrificing security, reducing tool loss and increasing productivity.”
Mining tools are RFID tagged with Nano RFID-on-metal tags. The ToolHound SecureCrib™ kiosk works with an gateway reader and touch screen monitor. A worker simply needs to scan their badge and select whether they are returning or checking out an inventory tool. The kiosk then scans the tool and displays an image of the tool on screen for the worker to verify with a picture before taking it out. This will ensure accountability.
The mining companies recent adoption of the ToolHound SecureCrib™ allows for greater productivity, security and accountability. This also ensures reduction in theft incidents helping to maintain company budgets.