We are flexible polyethylene packaging manufacturer who does food and non-food contact packaging.
Just wanted to get some suggestion around Control of blades, at the moment we use Stanley 99E Retractable Blade Knife on our shop floor for various purposes and replace the blades every now and then. We also have some slitting blade which are used on the lines.
This is how we manage at the moment, blades and blade holders are kept in the QC office and QC only oversee the process. operator need to come down to the QC office to get blades/holders and sign them out on a log, once operator needs to replace the blade he will come back and sign in the blade again. As much as I want this to be perfect this doesn't even come close to be working.
People are not signing them out properly, whilst returning the blade they are not filling the log and fail to return the blade holders as well. I have found loads of loose blades and holders all over the place.
There are 4 shifts so it's easier for things to slip away and blame the other shift things comes in.
Training has been provided and I have checked the records myself and some of the staff got disciplined as well but didn't improve the situation as such. THE PROBLEM STILL EXIST!
What would you guys suggest? I am ready to answer any questions you may have?
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