KROMI Tool Management:

The necessity to reduce costs is an everyday business aspect for companies in the producing industry. Successful companies have shown that on the way to a ‘slim’ business, concentration on their own core competence is efficient and well-targeted. As these mainly lie in the direct added value chain, in particular in the indirect sector today one is more keen than ever to search for rationalisation potentials.

For the metal-processing industry the timely and comprehensive supply of tools to the production sections is an elementary component of production. Here the topic of tool management has particularly high importance as, due to the diversity of the required tools and the corresponding store-keeping, an enormous cost factor is involved here. Tool management includes the technical selection of tools, their organisation within the company and the acquisition of these from suppliers. Whereas the first two tasks are still considered in most cases as internal responsibilities, the acquisition is already carried out in many cases by specialised tool dealers who take over the distribution and all services connected with the cutting edge of tools.

Instead of outsourcing more and more to foreign producers according to the classical make-or-buy principle, efficient partnerships in the supplier sector are nowadays most desirable for industry. The experiences of many users show that especially the acquisition department is one of the most costly sectors of a company. In the course of time some production businesses have built up buying departments that reach the dimensions of a merchandising company. Typically for production companies, here the acquisition of production resources and tools is mainly understood as a technical task, whereas efficiency and the willingness of these departments to provide a service is in most cases not optimal.