Lost and misplaced tools can be a problem for anyone, but in some maintenance and production environments like aviation and nuclear processes, it can be a matter of life or death. Cribmaster has had RFID based tool tracking software available for awhile now, but Proto’s 215 piece RFID drawer system enables businesses with even the smallest tracking needs to invest in the technology.

Together with Cribmaster (also owned by SBD), Proto developed an RFID based tool system

There are of course limitations to the system. It requires the use of RFID embedded tools or the attachment of compatible tags, but that is only to be expected.

Proto RFID Drawer

The J3152ID-0215MAS comes with a 31″ roll cab, a 215 piece tool set with organizing foam inserts, 15 employee access or “proximity” badges, and 15 RFID tags for use with existing of otherwise non-compatible tools. The set also enables easy upgrade to a larger Cribmaster system in the future.

So far the best price I can find online is just south of $25,000, but if you’re an employer in an industry that requires this level of tool tracking, you can afford it.

If you’re reading this, you probably aren’t in the market for a set like this, but the concept and the technology behind it, is pretty fascinating anyhow.

For a full demonstration check out Proto’s video on it:

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say we won’t be getting this set for review (lol), but I will keep you informed as the technology advances.