The United States and the U.S. Department of Defense use a defense standard to help gain consistency for the tools it uses. Standardization helps the government achieve the best value, interoperability/commonality, reliability and compatibility. This standardization process is often referred to as MIL-SPEC or military specification. Defense standards were initiated to ensure maximum up time for military equipment. Having tools that can be used across various platforms increases ease of reparability (ease of MRO) and reduces costs.
As early as the late 18th century, the U.S. was incorporating concepts like interchangeability and standardization. Having tools that are multi-functional, high-quality, safe, consistent and can retain strict tolerances over time and use is critical to the military and the MIL-SPEC concept. STAHLWILLE tools meet all of these requirements. STAHLWILLE is recognized worldwide for its forging and finishing processes. STAHLWILLE tools are built to tolerances and specifications most tool companies are unwilling (or unable) to meet.
With this attention to specification detail and quality, innovative forging by STAHLWILLE meets the extreme standards developed by the U.S. military and the United States Defense Industry. This same attention to specification detail and quality also reduces total cost of ownership, extends tool life cycles and puts the right tool in the maintainer’s and technician’s hands.
Military maintainers are generally wholly responsible for tool control. The need to put safety and efficiency at the heart of aircraft maintenance has historically driven the need for audit trails, enhanced control and tool tracking. At the very minimum is a need to quickly determine all tools are accounted for at the end of a maintenance operation. This can only be accomplished if each has a specific place where it is stored that can be accessed and tracked by auditors.
The safety driven Foreign Object Damage (FOD) programs in the U. S. Military and in the U. S. Defense Industry are strict, detailed and rigidly enforced. Leaving a tool in or around an aircraft or any other piece of military weaponry can result in significant damage, have disastrous impact on operational readiness of our armed forces and could even result in the death or serious injury of highly trained personnel.
For these reasons, when it comes to tool control, maintainers require leaner processes and greater accountability measures. Having a full audit trail of equipment and tools used, plus calibration and inspection criteria, creates a much more organized and highly efficient working environment. Stahlwille can supply systems so the control of each and every tool removed from a tool cabinet is provided with a unique record that provides details of who is currently using a tool, in what area of the facility the tool is being used and if the tool is linked to a work order.
STAHLWILLE has taken the lead in development of various innovative concepts to not only track tools in use but to locate them rapidly. Whether the need is for Tool Control Foam, RFID chips or fluorescence dipping, STAHLWILLE has a solution. STAHLWILLE is always looking for more efficient, effective and less expensive innovations to address the Tool Control and FOD programs for our military and respective industry partners.