WHAT IF YOUR CUTTING TOOL SUPPLIER HAD VISIBILITY INTO KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS OF YOUR SHOP?
They would know beyond when a tool was vended, recording exactly when an endmill was changed or an insert was indexed and the part count when it happened. They would know when there were surges in production, when scrap rates increased or when a machine was down for service and adjust inventory levels (in your vending machines and their safety stocks) in real time.
If they ran out of a certain endmill they could tell you to lower the surface speed to next slower stable speed (according to the stability lobe diagram or Dashboard on file) to increase the expected tool life enough for your current inventory to last until it could be replenished.
If the preferred endmill manufacturer had a production interruption of their own and ran out of inventory, you or your tool supplier could tap-test a substitute and generate a Dashboard to determine the stable speed it will run.
Production never stops (maybe just slows down a little) because you don’t have a Mission Critical Consumable cutting tool.
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