PPE vending machine is a machine used to automate the process of dispensing personal protective equipments (PPE) to a company’s employees. It is useful since it helps in monitoring safety equipments that are needed by employees for their safety and in order to perform efficiently. It has an inventory management software that keeps track on inventory stock levels and determines how frequently a certain equipment is in use.
Advantages of Using a PPE machine over regular inventory
PPE machines makes the process of monitoring equipments easy and fast. This is because the information about equipments is automatically updated by the system. You get to know who is using a particular item and for how long he/ she will be using it. With the regular inventory, it is hard to monitor since the activities are mannually recorded. Through the mannual system, more time is used in monitoring the equipments instead of utilizing it in production.
Using PPE vending machine helps to eliminate error occurence. This is because it uses a software to record activities and processes unlike the regular inventory management that relies on people’s action. The software also tracks misplacement of equipments and checks whether they returned to their rightful places. If misplacement occurs, the person who took is held accountable for it. Human error is unavoidable in regular inventory since miscalculation may occur and sometimes people forget to record transactions.
Security is high in PPE vending machines since it is easier to record product usage. This helps in minimizing theft cases. In regular inventory, items can be easily stolen by employees and misuse of products cannot be easily avoided. The inefficiency of mannual record keeping gives the employees the autonomy to use products and equipments anyhowly.
PPE vending machines ensures flexible placement of equipments since it can be placed where it is most needed in a company or a workshop. This helps in ensuring that workers access the equipments easily without time wastage. The workers can also access the information about the available equipments in the vending machine instantly. In regular inventory, equipments can be placed anywhere in the company’s premises. This is disvantageous because it makes workers spend alot of time in looking for tools that they need. Sometimes too much time is spent looking for an equipment that is in use somewhere else in the company by another employee. This leads to time wastage and also brings production to a standstill.
Detailed reports are generated automatically by PPE vending machine. This information contains details of employees who are using certain equipments. The detailed information helps in tracking equipments that are available in a company. It also helps determining the person who is responsible for losing an equipment. These reports are efficient since they can be easily accessed by interested parties in a company. In regular inventory, reports are hard and tedious to generate. They are assumed most of the time. Tracking of equipments is therefore hard and this leads shortages of equipments therefore lowering production level. Lack of the reports or innacurate reports leads unnecessary buying of additional equipment by the management.