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.
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August 25th, 2015 | Posted by: superadmin
– ToolHound Tuesday is a free webinar designed to inform attendees about ToolHound 5 solutions and applications –
ALBERT, Alberta— August 25, 2015—ToolHound Inc., a leading global supplier of tool tracking systems, will host another free online presentation of ToolHound Tuesday on September 8 at 9 a.m. Mountain/Noon Atlantic/11 a.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Central/8 a.m. Pacific. This upcoming installment will focus on ToolHound’s External Rental module, which allows ToolHound 5 users to setup an efficient rental system to their own specifications.
ToolHound has been serving the construction industry with their tool management software for more than 30 years. The External Rental module is the perfect equipment rental/sales software solution for companies that sell or rent equipment to in-house departments or divisions, or to outside contractors. Not only will the External Rental module automatically calculate rental amounts for each inventory item, but users can also create an unlimited number of rates for each item depending on who the renting party is. Users can set hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rental rates, and the software will even provide the best rate for each use.
The External Rental module will also allow the customer to set the selling price for each item, as well as discounted rates for each department or contractor. The Miscellaneous Billing option allows for extra charges to be added on that aren’t included in the regular billing rates. Detailed billing is available for each item.
The free ToolHound Tuesday webinar includes a 45-minute presentation on the External Rental module. After each presentation, a brief Q&A will address any issues attendees may have. This is a terrific format for those who want to learn more about ToolHound’s External Rental module or who would like a refresher course in using it.
Space is very limited for these webinars. Registration for the External Rental module presentation of ToolHound Tuesday is done by simply emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1985, ToolHound systems have been deployed by companies of all sizes across a variety of industries, including construction, power generation, chemical processing, mining and jobsite tool and equipment services. Specializing in personalized technical support with on-site training and installation expertise, ToolHound offers a comprehensive portfolio of tool and equipment management solutions including Cloud hosting and customer controlled hosting with ToolHound 5 OnSite and SecureCrib™ featuring wireless, RFID and barcode technology.
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.
March 30th, 2015 | Posted by: superadmin
— ToolHound for Habitat program has supported Habitat for Humanity affiliates since 2007, providing tool inventory management system —
ALBERT, Alberta — March 31, 2015 — ToolHound Inc., a leading global supplier of tool tracking systems, has provided ToolHound 5 tool and equipment management kits to 15 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in North America. The ToolHound 5 Cloud Kits help Habitat construction managers reduce tool loss and theft.
ToolHound has been serving construction professionals with their tool management software for over 30 years. When a Habitat for Humanity affiliate first contacted ToolHound in 2007, they could not afford to purchase a tool and equipment management solution, so the company decided to create the ToolHound for Habitat program.
December 9th, 2014 | Posted by: superadmin
— Diamond supplier hits payload with RFID tool tracking solution for mining —
ALBERT, Alberta — December 09, 2014 — ToolHound Inc., a leading global supplier of tool tracking systems, announced that the ToolHound tool and equipment management system is helping a large diamond mining company maximize efficiency, security and productivity with RFID tool tracking technology.
The mining operation in Canada was faced with the challenge of tracking and securing mining tools that are in use round the clock. Because workers require 24/7 access to the equipment, staffing a full-time tool and equipment room attendant was not practical. However, the company needed to protect their investment in valuable tools.