Tool Tracking Tips
Keep it simple! Tool tracking doesn't have to be hard. Improve your tool inventory management in three steps.
- Build an inventory list of everything you have.
- Make your list available in the cloud so everyone can see it.
- Use a mobile app to check tools in/out and allow field transfers.
You can use barcodes, RFID, GPS or other devices but these high tech solutions aren't required. Just having a simple way to transfer responsibility along with the tool is usually enough.
Here are free resources to help you improve your tool management. If you would like to know more about our tool tracking software use the top menus.
Most importantly, keep it simple!
Articles about Tool TrackingTool tracking and tool inventory management for construction companies often includes software apps and rugged barcodes. Articles on this page include reviews of common tool trackers. Contractor small tool tracking and equipment tracking best practices. As well as tool tracking tips for accountants and operations people.
The Key to Tool Tracking
Tool Tracking for Accountants
Efficient Operations Needs Asset Tracking
Complex construction projects can require lots of tools. Specialized tools needed to meet increasingly specialized requirements are increasing tool costs at all types of contractors. Sharing these valuable tools is critical to achieving a return on the investment in a competitive construction environment.
Embrace New Construction Apps
Tool Tracking Survey
Are you James Bond?
Tool Tracking Tech
Stop Tool Hoarding
Tool hoarding costs a company time and money. Efficiently getting tools from where they are idle to where they are needed should be a simple task. Unfortunately, too many contractors try to use an accounting policy to solve an operation's problem.
The Power of Trust
Contracting is a team sport. Teams require trust to operate efficiently. Tool tracking systems can help build trust by making it clear who is responsible for each tool on each project. Clear lines of responsibility build trust.
Tool tracking needed to be SIMPLE in order to help Gilbert Mechanical personnel take responsibility for tools in the field. That is exactly what they found with ShareMyToolbox.
GPS vs Bluetooth Tracking
Whether it is GPS, Bluetooth, a puck, a dongle, RFID an asset tag or whatever: the options are more than most contractors can sift through. So what is the difference? More importantly what is worth the time to put in place?
Construction Tool Tracking Profiles
Have you ever wondered how other contractors are solving the small tool inventory issue? Here are some the ways electrical, mechanical and other contractors are tracking their tools.
Ending Slow Tool Theft
Pentoir construction is a painting, drywall and interior contractor. They found that employees often kept tools so long that they forgot that the tools belonged to the company. Slowly the tools were procured for personal use. This profile shows how Pentoir stopped slow tool theft.
Finding Tools Fast
White Electrical has been in business since 1910 and works over a very large geography. With lots of trucks, lots of jobs and lots of movement it was often hard to find tools fast. Searching for who had a needed tool could take an hour of phone calls. Learn how White Electrical solved their tool tracking problem.
Field People Lead Tool Tracking
At Stansell Electric most tools stay in the field. Tracking these tools with Excel spreadsheets in the office simply was not working. Thus, field personnel helped research and select a new method of tool tracking. Learn more about how Stansell Electric's field personnel selected a tool tracking system.
Increase Productive Time
Keeping field people efficient and productive is a key to MAC Contracting Group's success. To do this MAC invests in technology to help keep field people free to get work done. Having an efficient way to find and track tools was one way MAC is ensuring that field people can stop chasing tools and get the job done.
Building Trust & Saving Time
CornerStone Plumbing is a company built on trust. Giving field personnel a way to track small tools and equipment allows them to take charge of getting the tools they need. It also reduces the he-said-she-said accusations when a tool vanishes. Now everyone knows who is responsible for each tool.
More Articles Coming Soon
We can always use new ideas for tracking profiles and articles. Contact us and let us know if your company would like to be profiled. Is your firm using GPS trackers, Bluetooth beacons or RFID scanners in a unique way? Let us know.
It's Easier Than You Think
EC Electric company shares their approach to implementing a new tool inventory app to track their tools and small equipment. They found that it was easier than they thought to get the field to take responsibility for tools and the app.