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Tool Management

Tool Management - Lighthouse MES Maintenance

Improve the management of tools with Lighthouse MES


Is the performance of high-value tools affecting your production and product quality?

Press tools, moulds, extrusion tools, fixtures, jigs are but a few examples where the tooling has a considerable effect on the process. Many tools produce more than 1 part at the same time e.g. multiple cavities, dies. Each of the cavities have their individual effect and must be managed accordingly.

What does the Tool Management module do?

Use the Tool Management software module of Lighthouse MES software to:
  • Build a tool asset library, with information about each tool, including each cavity
  • Track where and when tools are used
  • Support faster change-overs
  • Use the tool information to improve your production scheduling
  • Manage the state of tools, know when they are good to use

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What are the benefits of the Tool Management module?

  1. Efficient tool tracking: track your tools, know where they are, where they have been used
  2. Go paperless: if that is how you record the use of tools today
  3. Faster change-overs: see when tool changes are coming up and mobilise accordingly
  4. Visibility: everyone can see where the tools are and what state they are in
  5. Reduce losses with multi-cavity tools: track the history of all cavities, when they have been opened and closed, make better decisions about when tools should be repaired rather than run with some cavities blocked
  6. Improve quality: track measurements by tool and cavity, monitor degradation, make better decisions on when to maintain
  7. Traceability: know what products were made with what tool and when

Create a tool library 

  • Record information about each tool
  • Tools can be grouped into sets, where collections of tools are used together

Manage multi-cavity/die tools

  • Record information about each cavity/die where tools are multi-head e.g. injection moulding tools
  • Record when cavities are blocked and re-opened

Track tool usage and life

  • Track tools as they are used in processes – when they are loaded and unloaded
  • Know how many parts, cycles they have made to monitor tool life
  • Monitor the status of the tools - when they are unusable, when they need repair
  • Know where the tools are by tracking locations


  • Insight into current level of tool inventory
  • Complete traceability history of each tool
  • Multi-cavity tool performance (cavities open/closed history)
The Tool Management module of Lighthouse MES is really powerful when used in conjunction with other modules and is rarely used stand-alone:
  • Scheduling – to plan the use of specific tools on production runs
  • Job Tracking – to know when and where tools were used or changed on each production run
  • Asset register – to capture more detail about the tool
  • Production Counting  – to capture life-time cycle and part counts, if multi-cavity tools are used the cycle counts can be converted to piece counts
  • Quality – to record measurements against the tool and cavities and track performance
  • SPC Analysis Software – real-time SPC charts from all quality data to alert operatives if measured values break control limits or trend rules
  • Maintenance – to plan maintenance for your tools