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To help with future expansion, Clitheroe Light Engineering (CLE), has installed the Toolomat tool-vending system from WNT (UK).

‘As we continue to expand our business we will have a need for a greater number and more variety of cutting tools and the vending system eliminates many of the concerns that we might have over stock, cashflow and logistics,’ said Helen Meloy, Clitheroe Light Engineering’s Operational Director.

Any stock contained in the two vending machines on-site at CLE are not reflected on the company’s balance sheet and they also provide the reassurance that tools will be available to meet the company’s 24/7 manufacturing routine.

‘We saw an immediate improvement in administration of tool stocks when we had the machines installed,’ said Meloy.

‘Prior to their arrival, we had three or four people responsible for tool buying, operators had secret stocks of tools by their machines.

‘Now, thanks to the weekly reporting provided by WNT (UK), we have much more control over costs.

‘We can cross check on who has used what and on which jobs; this gives us a much better insight into the true cost of manufacturing particular components and be more accurate when quoting for similar work,’ she added.

By working in partnership with WNT (UK) and its Toolomat vending system, CLE can eliminate any risk of obsolescence in its tooling stocks.

New tools that are developed will replace the previous tool at no cost to CLE.

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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