Implementing Thread Gages and Efficient Storage Methods

If repairing furnishings within your business requires the use of various fasteners, keeping these vital materials classified will aid your production crew in maintaining accuracy during each project. Bolts and screws of varying lengths and thicknesses and the right helical structures can be difficult to differentiate from one another, resulting in the wrong fastener being used to complete a project. 

Here are some tips for organizing and storing your parts. 

Thread Gages Can Minimize Errors

Thread gages are narrow, lightweight tools that will eliminate errors and could potentially save your employees some time. There are foldable and straight gages, each being equally effective in performing an accurate measurement of any type of metal fastener that is used during the restoration of furnishings.

The threading that is contained on a fastener's shaft will be spaced out evenly and in some applications, more than two fasteners may need to be joined together. By using thread gages to inspect the threaded portion of a fastener, it can be determined whether a particular screw or bolt will match up with the piece that it is going to be adjoined to.

Using a New Classification System

When you hire your employees, they may be briefly informed about the different components that are needed to restore each type of furnishing, but it may be difficult for them to memorize the physical attributes of some fasteners. Inspect the manner in which fasteners are currently ordered and stored within your facility. If these parts are emptied into large containers, it can be easy to mix up the hardware pieces or accidentally select materials from the wrong container.

In addition to requiring the use of thread gages, purchase a color-coded storage system that can help you separate fasteners and keep them organized. Use an indexing system, which involves scanning merchandise and logging it into your computer system before placing them with the other inventory. Use a teaching module to train your employees about the fabrics, tools, and hardware that they will be responsible for using each day.

Perform spot checks, which involves checking the quality of each repair that is made. When old items are being refurbished, request that all of the original pieces of hardware are stored in a specific container, prior to being thrown away. Since threading on old hardware could be compromised, make it a requirement that new fasteners are used for every application that requires adjoining two or more materials together.