Snap-on Industrial has developed a new line of toolboxes designed for rolling on rough ramps, over hangar tracks and back and forth to flight lines. The new Flight Line Roll Cabinet series come in five- or six-drawer configurations. The “Phantom Caster” wheels feature a kingpin-less design to prevent possible FOD and solid rubber wheels to absorb shock. The cabinet top includes a wraparound stainless-steel cap that excludes moisture and dirt. A keyless T-bar mechanism allows locking of drawers for movement without a key, also to prevent FOD.
Most of us involved in flight operations are familiar with the multi-drawer toolboxes on rollers common to most hangars and repair shops. But a talking tool box? Snap-on Industrial showed a big blue one at NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting and Convention in Las Vegas.
Most mechanics are familiar with the Snap-on tool truck that arrives weekly at the maintenance hangar, dispensing not only shiny and traditional wrenches and sockets but also technologically sophisticated products to help facilitate aircraft maintenance.
Tool manufacturer and distributor Snap-on Industrial has introduced the ATC 5 tool-control system, which combines software, a keyless entry system, foam-cut toolbox drawer liners and digital image capture devices inside the toolbox to help users keep track of tools. ATC 5 users first scan a proximity card on the keyless entry system to log in and open the toolbox.
Keeping control of where tools are kept is an important issue in aircraft production lines or maintenance facilities, especially because of concerns about possible foreign object damage to engines. With these concerns in mind, Zeroshift (Hall 4 Stand E17) is here demonstrating the second generation of its Intelligent Tool Control (ITC).