As anyone who’s ever worked in an auto shop knows, it can get pretty chaotic when trying to keep track of all of the parts required to repair a vehicle. What’s more, there’s often a tight turnaround time for repairs, which leaveslittle time for finding tools or locating parts.
An organized, smooth-running parts department is critical to supporting service and body shop departments as well as being an important location for interacting with customers. Here are a few basic tips for keeping your auto shop organized:
- Mobile storage: It’s a good idea to keep mobile organizers on hand for shuttling tools between a stationary cabinet and the workspace. Nearly any Lista industrial cabinet can, in fact, be mounted on a mobile base, allowing for maximum flexibility and versatility.
- Keep things in a single location: If you’re pressed for time, one easy way to stay organized is to know exactly where to look for tools or parts. When Toyota Racing Department ran out of room in most of their departments (and patience with disorganized storage), they turned to Lista cabinets and workstations as a solution. “Typically, each technician will [now] have tools in one cabinet, and spare parts in the other,” says David Pyle, senior manager of the engine building group.
- Keep inventory (and tools) well stocked: Just as it’s important to have a wide selection of parts available for repairs, it’s equally important to keep tools well stocked so that unexpected situations can be handled efficiently. Keeping tabs on tools when they start to wear out or break can also help maintain clean, organized work environments by eliminating unnecessary clutter.
While it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and concentrate on the task directly at hand, keeping your auto shop organized can pay off in a big way over the long term. Taking advantage of mobile storage, keeping parts in a single location, and maintaining inventory of parts and tools are a few ways to go about doing so.