A recent substantial investment in tooling comes as an outgrowth of craft employees’ input, according to Assistant Superintendent-Mechanical Patrick McCarron.
One upgrade includes changing from air- to electric-powered tools, which are easier to use in the field and aren’t tethered to a potential tripping hazard. In addition to enhanced versatility, the tools are lighter, which offers an ergonomic benefit and should last longer.
“Overall, electric-powered tools are a better fit,” McCarron said. “From a technology standpoint, it’s simply a better tool.”
Along with adding a horizontal band saw, a new vertical band saw replaces an older model. Both saws now enable sheet metal workers to make more precise cuts.
New tool cabinets also enhance organization and efficiency in line with the 5S strategy, McCarron said, noting employees were invited to help design the tooling area to suit their needs.