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Tips for Tracking Tools Across Multiple Job Sites

October 6th, 2015   |   Posted by: superadmin

Keeping track of tools and equipment can be difficult enough with a small operation. Things are lost or misplaced on a daily basis; that’s simply a fact of life on a job site.

But when you are operating a large operation across multiple job sites, the characteristic challenges of equipment management are multiplied ten-fold. And if you are unable to get a handle on the problem, it can become overwhelming… as well as very costly in terms of time, money and reputation.

Tip #1: Save time while keeping workers accountable for lost items and tool hoarding by scanning items in the field and uploading data wirelessly. With a web browser-based tool management software like ToolHound Cloud, your entire equipment inventory can be managed remotely at any time and from anywhere via a single software platform and an Internet connection.

Tip #2: Recapture tool costs by billing for usage per each job site or client. ToolHound makes it easy to maintain a complete history of tool usage by item and employee, automatically recording charges and expenses for each inventory item.

Tip #3: Simplify the task of adding new items to inventory as you expand sites with the ToolHound Purchasing Module. This system not only monitors item availability and usage to create purchase orders, it also reports on usage history to help you make informed decisions about inventory purchasing strategies.

With ToolHound, you can gain complete visibility of valuable company assets — tools, equipment, machinery, consumables and vehicles — wherever they are located, across multiple long-term projects and unlimited job sites.

And when workers spend less time searching for lost or misplaced equipment, productivity goes up, costs go down, and your projects stay on schedule.

How to Solve Three Common Construction Problems Using RFID Tool Tracking

September 18th, 2015   |   Posted by: superadmin

Keeping track of tools and equipment on one construction site is difficult enough. Managing your entire tool inventory across multiple sites can be a monumental challenge.

Fortunately, there is an easy-to-use, readily available technology that makes it simple to tackle these challenges. Here are three common construction problems that can be solved with RFID-enabled tool tracking.

#1 – Construction Problems Caused by Expansion

Growing your business is great for reputation and profitability. However, as your business expands, so does the size and scope of your inventory. The ToolHound 5 system simplifies the task of adding new items to your tool inventory with quick and easy RFID scanning, as well as integration with other database systems using csv files. You can even monitor item availability and automate purchase orders for new equipment with the ToolHound Purchasing Module, ensuring that the right tool is always in the right place at the right time.

#2 – Equipment Tracking

You have a lot invested in your equipment. In order to protect that investment, you need to keep track of where those tools are located and who last used them. With RFID tool tracking you can keep up with of all your valuable assets in real-time, while keeping workers accountable for missing or broken tools. And tool assignments can be fully automated with the ToolHound SecureCrib™ Kiosk, enabling workers to check out and return their own tools without a tool crib attendant, helping to reduce personnel costs.

#3 – The Elements

Construction job sites come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, but one thing they share is a typically harsh environment. Rugged RFID tags can be accurately scanned when greasy, muddy or covered in grime, and the data can be uploaded wirelessly from anywhere using ToolHound Cloud and Mobile Scanners. The ToolHound 5 RFID tool tracking solution also allows you to scan multiple tags simultaneously for faster, easier transactions and greater productivity in the field.

What construction problems can we help you solve?

ToolHound Tracks More than Tools

August 20th, 2015   |   Posted by: superadmin

We have talked quite a bit in this blog about tracking tools and heavy equipment using the ToolHound 5 system and a barcode or RFID tag. But did you know that ToolHound is great for keeping track of other items as well?

When paired with new MetalCraft Heat Seal Labels that adhere to fabrics, ToolHound can be used to track gloves, coveralls, company uniforms and other clothing. The durable Heat Seal Label is printed on flexible, woven polyester, and bonds to fabric with a heat-activated adhesive for applications where a traditional label won’t work.

And because workers and their coveralls can get pretty dirty on the job site, these labels have been tested to withstand washing, dry cleaning and disinfecting processes at 160°F.

Keeping track of company uniforms can be a tedious job, particularly given that many workers wear them home at the end of the day. With ToolHound and Heat Seal Labels, keeping track of coveralls, gloves and uniforms – and keeping workers accountable for them – is easy and worry-free, protecting your investment in these items with the same system that manages your tool inventory.

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The Most Important Factor in Selecting an Asset Tracking System

July 14th, 2015   |   Posted by: superadmin

Due to the highly competitive nature of the construction industry, cost efficiency is always a primary concern when making investments in new business tools or processes. It’s important to carefully weigh the cost vs. the potential return on investment (ROI), while factoring in the timeframe. How quickly can you expect to see a return on your investment in terms of additional profit, cost savings or greater productivity?

There are a number of ways to save money on construction projects. But if you want to stay in business, you have a reputation to consider – so of course you only invest in business processes that won’t negatively impact quality.

The ability to quickly and easily manage your entire tool inventory, whether at one location or multiple jobsites, allows your workers to locate the right tool in the right place at all times for maximum efficiency. When workers can’t find the tool they need to do their jobs, it means lost productivity and missed deadlines.

Implementing an asset tracking system is a great way to cut costs through elimination of overstocking, reduced tool hoarding, increased accountability and greater productivity. Equally important, investing in the right tool and equipment tracking system delivers fast ROI, enhanced quality and improved worker safety by tracking scheduled equipment maintenance and calibration.

But there is much more to the decision. To maximize and speed up the return on your investment, a robust asset tracking system also should provide the capability to:

• Share inventory data for accurate reporting across your entire organization
• Monitor and schedule required maintenance
• Alert when the inventory level for an item is low
• Recapture tooling costs with automated billing for usage
• Manage tool purchasing and resale.

Additionally, you have a choice in the data collection technology that you use for tracking tools and equipment. For the most part, choosing between barcode and RFID scanning methods will depend on your particular tool usage and storage conditions. If a tool is stored in a case at the end of the day, you can apply a barcode label on the tool where it will be protected in the case and won’t rub off. On the other hand, for large equipment and tools that are left outside in the weather, or those exposed to rough and dirty conditions on a regular basis, an RFID tag is more durable.

An additional consideration when choosing the best asset tracking system is the availability of personnel to handle the checkout and return of tools and equipment. RFID technology enables a self-serve tool crib application, which reduces labor costs while still maintaining accountability. By keeping workers accountable for the valuable equipment they use, you can protect your investment.

The versatile ToolHound 5 system offers both barcode and RFID tracking for streamlined inventory visibility, maximizing tool use and productivity, saving worker time, and reducing tool budgets for overall profitability and prompt return on investment.

RFID Tool Tracking Stands Up To Dirty, Greasy Jobs

June 23rd, 2015   |   Posted by: superadmin

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Construction equipment operators work in nearly every weather condition. Workers often get dirty, greasy, muddy or dusty… and so do their tools. One of the advantages of using RFID tool tracking technology is its ability to withstand harsh conditions.

While some more delicate tools are regularly cleaned and put away, most hand tools and equipment used on a construction site or in an oil field tend to stay dirty much of the time. This complicates the process of tracking these tools in the field.

If tar or dirt covers a barcode, it can no longer be read. However, rugged RFID tags can be accurately scanned when greasy, muddy or covered in tar and grime. And because RFID doesn’t require direct line of sight, tags can be read even when placed inside tools.

RFID Tool Tracking Allows Multiple Reads At Once

Additionally, RFID tool tracking solutions such as the ToolHound 5 system enable faster transactions and greater productivity because multiple tags can be read simultaneously.

The ability to track equipment in the field using RFID tags and rugged handheld computers means that you can process tool check-outs and returns even in the dirtiest environment for greater flexibility, efficiency, productivity and peace of mind.

What sort of dirty, grimy jobsite challenges are you facing?