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CNC barfeeder manufacturer and subcontractor Hydrafeed has installed WNT’s Tool-o-Mat tool vending system to enable its staff to gain greater accountability and precise tool costs for its components.

This unit has handed back control of tool stocks to Hydrafeed, with each operator having a personal key with which to vend tools and inserts.

The system then generates reports that show tool usage at a frequency dictated by the customer.

The reporting used by Hydrafeed is said to be relatively straightforward, showing tools used, when they were issued and to who.

As Hydrafeed becomes used to the system, it can then expand the reporting capability of the Tool-o-Mat unit to provide more detailed information, such as which job a tool was issued for.

As a result of this initial work, Hydrafeed has signed a preferred supplier agreement with WNT for it to provide all of its requirements for key areas such as HSS drilling and milling; solid carbide drilling and milling; indexable insert products; and tapping and threading products, with WNT guaranteeing to achieve 100 per cent delivery performance and achieve an A rating on Hydrafeed’s quality metrics.

With guaranteed delivery before 10:30, six days a week, for any cutting tools ordered before 18:30 the previous working day (12:30 Saturday), combined with industry-leading technical and customer support, WNT (UK) is the first-choice cutting-tool supplier for the SME engineering manufacturing sector.

The in-depth technical expertise of WNT (UK)'s external and internal technical sales team, who are all apprentice trained with extensive machining experience, provides a valuable tool for its customers. Their role is to deliver major cost savings and productivity gains to WNT (UK)'s customers. Whoever you speak to at WNT (UK) their goal is the same: award-winning customer service.

Behind the people element of WNT (UK) is its Total Tooling concept, which marries optimal service levels with unbeatable product quality a combination that makes a valuable contribution to improving the productivity of its customers. This is backed up by SERVICE², which is the energetic core of the business that moves everything: providing the right tool at the right time for the right application. This includes its Toolomat tool vending system, WNT (UK)'s cost-effective method of providing 24-hour access to tools, seven days a week.

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