MC020: Vending Systems – the how, what, and why for your machine shop [Podcast]

By April 24, 2015 Uncategorized

Does your machining company need a vending system? This is a hot topic edition where Jim is asking Jason about vending systems.  You may have the impression that vending machines are just for large manufacturing companies, but is that true? You’re going to find out that and a ton more about vending systems in this episode of MakingChips.

Vending systems enable you to keep track of tool and supply usage, which in turn tells you which employees are using what items so that you can make more informed adjustments to your systems or procedures as needed. Just imagine the savings of ensuring that every part is being used to its fullest capacity!

The major objectives of implementing a vending system in your shop:

Reduction in Spending

Increased Productivity

Increased Accountability

If it doesn’t make sense to you how those benefits come from installing and using a vending system in your shop, you need to listen!

What the guys have to say about vending systems in this episode…

  • Major objectives of having a vending system in your shop – 3 powerful reasons.
  • Aren’t vending systems geared more for large manufacturers?
  • Partnering with someone to help you manage the vending system so it doesn’t take over your schedule.
  • Best practice software issues relating to your machine shop vending system.
  • The increasing popularity of vending systems.
  • 3 important takeaways.

Listener questions

Jim and Jason are also happy to highlight questions from listeners on this episode. You can ask your question for this section of the podcast by call 1-312-725-0245 and leave your message on the recording.

Here’s today’s questions:

How important is it for a manufacturing company to have a clean, updated, and functional website?

What are buyers looking for when searching for a new supplier?

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  • Brianna Eck says:

    Thanks for the mention and the answers! This will be brought up during our company marketing meetings. I appreciate all of the time and work you guys have put into these episodes, they continue to get better and better. Keep up the amazing work!

    Brianna Eck
    Office Manager
    Denezol Tool Co., Inc.

  • Brad K says:

    Is there any reason for a tool crib if your shop makes a dedicated product line? If you only make several different things wouldn’t tool costs become routine and expected? It sounds as though a vending machine is more suited for a shop that gets different types of work from different customers at different times.

    Brad K

    • Jason Zenger says:

      Brad, if the amount of tooling and your MRO and part needs are limited and routine, you may be able to get away with retaining all of your tooling in a vending system instead of a traditional tool crib. This depends on a lot of factors though. On the other hand, one of our partners with a dedicated product line utilizes their tool crib to preset tools, which significantly reduces downtime and saves them a lot of money. Does that answer your question?

  • Brad K says:

    Road trip? Any reason to visit San Diego, right?

    Do you guys have any insight with regards to a small ‘production’ machine shop and how that differs from the needs of a general service job shop? I would love to eventually set one up so I’m extracting as many gems from these podcasts as I can.

    Please keep up the great work and I love the out-takes. It adds character.

  • David Karbin says:

    During MC020 someone mentioned FOD (foreign object detection). I tried looking it up via google, but only came across airport safety application. Can you please expand on FOD for machine applications? Who are the companies that specialize in FOD? Were you referring to laser manufacturers and if so which ones?
    Thank you!

    • Jason Zenger says:

      David, I was specifically referring to airplane maintenance and military applications. I mentioned the specific machine that prevents FOD only to make the point that many different types of machines are available besides the traditional helix coil machines. This model in a machining manufacturing shop is the rare exception, not the norm.

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