According to John Anello, service department manager for Binsky and Snyder, his team uses ToolHound Online (http://www.toolhound.com/
“We can have anywhere from 30-70 contracting jobs ongoing at any given time, using many different tools,” said Anello. “Our team of about 30 service technicians services equipment on each job site. We issue tools according to the job number and the technician’s name, so they are accountable for the tools.”
To tag their tools and equipment, Binsky and Snyder is using both radio frequency identification (RFID (http://www.toolhound.com/
“If a tool goes back in its case for storage, we’re not worried about a barcode being damaged. We apply a stick-on barcode label on the tool where it will be protected in the case,” Anello explained. “However, if a tool stays out in the weather, we use an RFID tag because it’s more durable.”
Tagged equipment can be easily checked in and out by scanning the barcode label or RFID tag, enabling Binsky and Snyder to locate their complete tool inventory at all times. The company began using ToolHound in 2012, after many years of etching serial numbers on each tool and manually entering information into spreadsheets.
“Previously, when a tool was checked out, we wrote the serial number on a delivery ticket, and the numbers were later plugged into an Excel spreadsheet,”
“A manual system that relies on someone to input serial numbers into a spreadsheet can be time-consuming and prone to inaccuracies,”
The ToolHound application has worked well for Binsky and Snyder, and the company is looking to tag more heavy equipment and larger tools.
“It was much easier to implement and use than I thought it would be,” said Anello. “All of the guys in the service shop are capable of scanning items and doing input. It alleviates a lot of work for me too.”
ToolHound Online is a web-based system, including access to a secure data center, automatic data backups and ToolHound support services.
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 Onsite and SecureCrib featuring wireless, RFID and barcode technology.
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