Tool inventory and management can be a costly and time-consuming process for any manufacturer. Having greater control over cutting-tool stock, availability, use and re-ordering, offers significant support and accountability.

With ProLog vending systems, in addition to the standard check-in/check-out features, reports are available to provide detailed analysis of performance. Furthermore, users can automatically ‘age’ and lock-down tools based on specific criteria, set-up alert notifications when a tool has reached a defined setting, and access a full audit history by asset and user.

SupplyBay and SmartDrawer are Dormer Pramet’s most popular vending devices. The former is engineered for industrial environments to deliver reliable, high-volume dispensing for a range of tools and supplies. A large dispensing door gives easy access to load and refill.

SmartDrawer allows users to choose the best level of access for each application. The system can be supplied as a stand-alone unit or combined with other devices for a tailored solution, offering a mix of compartment options between 2-128 positions in each drawer.

To enhance its vending offer, Dormer Pramet has launched three additional machines: SaveRing, SaveBin and SaveRent. All of these systems help companies to move away from peg-board or open-access methods.

SaveRing is a versatile vending machine which stores and distributes up to 540 unique items. The machine has four key functions to distribute, rent, return (for regrinding) or reserve products for up to 30 days. SaveRent is a locker-type tool renting and monitoring system that allows the storing, distribution and return of frequently used tools and items. Each transaction is saved and recorded when users access an item.

With SaveBin, employees return used or contaminated items, with the unit taking a photo of the product and logging the transaction to the employee. The system automatically produces an alert if waste levels reach a pre-defined number.

All machines are supported by data management software. The software drives all devices, connects with distributor information, integrates with customer-based ERP systems, and enables access to real-time information and administration on any web-enabled device. This functionality provides customers with an opportunity to look at inventory data, and help make decisions based on real-time, accurate information. The software collects and processes transaction data, controls inventory levels and manages automatic replenishment, offering access to stock 24/7, 365 days a year.