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Train operators to listen to the sound of their tools

Problem: We’re having nagging problems with the power tools on our production line. What can we do?


Problem: We’re having nagging problems with the power tools on our production line. What can we do?

Solution: Basic training about tool performance can help an operator flag a fastening problem. Teaching operators what to expect when a tool is performing, and what to look for when it isn’t, is important information that can identify or resolve a fastening problem you don’t even know is occurring. 

Case in point: Walking down an assembly line, experienced tool professionals listen for what is happening with tools. Each tool has a natural sound it makes when it shuts off, clutches, pulses or impacts properly. Tool professionals understand these sounds intuitively and can tell when a tool is not performing properly.

If an impact tool has lost power, the noise from its output is noticeable. When an electric screwdriver limit switch is not working properly, the tool may double click before the clutch shuts off. These are indications of required normal maintenance or tool failure. Catching these signs early, operators help to reduce fastening errors.

Mr. O thanks the experts at Mountz Inc. for this tip