Custom Tool Foam Provides Optimized Tool Storage | Modern Machine Shop

2023-01-03 13:41:18 By : Mr. Sammi Zhou

IMTS22: Kaiser Manufacturing’s Kaizen Shadow Foam inlays are customized on a shop-to-shop basis in order to best capture the tool storage needs of each individual company. #imts

A start-up company near Chicago designs and fabricates custom tool foam inlays for toolboxes, workstations, travel cases and reusable packaging. Kaiser Manufacturing says its process fills the need for a custom solution that is superior to hand-cut tool foam in both function and appearance. Automatic Horizontal Blade Cutting Machine For Foam

Custom Tool Foam Provides Optimized Tool Storage |               Modern Machine Shop

The problem Kaiser seeks to solve for its customers is how to create a custom foam inlay for their unique mix of tools and accessories. No two shops have the same set up, so Kaiser introduced portable 3D scanners to quickly capture the layout for a full drawer of tools.

The LED scanner can capture a part profile or layout of 24 x 48 inches or more with an accuracy of 0.02 inch. The 3D files are converted to CAD, and the design is machined in two-color foam to nest each tool and fit the specific workstation, case or drawer.

The 3D scanning kits, complete with a video tutorial, are available on a rental basis or as a turnkey service. This makes it convenient for customers to scan tool layouts in their own shop, helping eliminate the potential to ship tools out, download or license software, or purchase any equipment. According to Kaiser, it also saves engineering time compared to designing tool trays in house, and the finished product is more professional than hand-cut foam.

The two-color material, called Kaizen Shadow Foam, is a durable and closed-cell polyethylene that is dust-free, resistant to oils and solvents and can be cleaned. Kaiser says the foam’s highest popularity is in lean manufacturing environments, 5S initiatives and FOD prevention.

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When expensive cutting tools or collets or holders shift around in drawers, they can be easily damaged. With companies investing a considerable amount of money in top quality tooling, gauges and other equipment, Kaiser seeks to help protect this investment by providing proper storage to reduce both damage and waste. 

Kaiser adds there are other benefits for this type of tool organization. It was designed to save time so an operator can reach a tool without having to search, enable smooth shift changes where everything is in its place, and aid with contrasting colors in creating a visual workspace and highlight missing tools to improve asset retention and reduces spending on replacement tools.

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Custom Tool Foam Provides Optimized Tool Storage |               Modern Machine Shop

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