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Apr 17
2014

ToolHound Roundtable Webinar

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ToolHound just completed the webinar "Top Questions on Tool & Equipment Tracking".  If you couldn't attend the live event, please click here to download a copy of the presentation "ToolHound Roundtable Webinar".

LIVE WEBINAR DETAILS:

Title: Roundtable Discussion on Tool and Equipment Management

Date: May 15, 2014

Time: 10:00 - 10:30 AM PDT

Click to register for the webinar:

Can’t make the webinar?  Feel free to email Sales to setup a time for a personal discussion and demo.  Also,  feel free to download our latest whitepaper  “Tool, Equipment and Consumable Management for Construction Companies”.

Hope to see you at our next event!

Apr 09
2014

Frequently Asked Questions about Tool & Equipment Tracking

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As I visit with customers, I often hear many of the same questions about tool and equipment tracking. I wanted to post some of the most frequently asked questions to clear up any confusion and help you determine whether ToolHound is the right solution for your application.


1. What business problem does tool & equipment tracking solve?

When equipment is lost or misplaced, the result is stalled productivity and the potential for overstocking of tools. A robust tool and equipment management system like ToolHound delivers the ability to gain complete control over your entire equipment inventory. ToolHound tracks the issue and return of tools to contractors and employees, as well as the transfer of equipment between various jobsites and tool room locations, using a simple and accurate transaction system and a comprehensive database. An automated billing feature also makes it easy to recapture tool costs, a necessary task for tool rental companies and many contractors.

ToolHound helps companies of all sizes maximize equipment utilization, minimize tool loss and hoarding, increase employee accountability, and improve productivity to enable significant cost savings.


2. What's changed with ToolHound 5 Tool and Equipment Management?

The scalable ToolHound 5 system includes more than 50 new features for even greater functionality, ease of use and operating efficiency. New features in ToolHound 5 include the ability to assign multiple IDs to each inventory item using bar codes, radio frequency identification (RFID) and/or etched numbers, as well as the capability to track non-stock items, such as shipping and service, for complete construction and manufacturing operation management.


3. Can ToolHound 5 work in remote areas?

ToolHound is a robust solution delivering significant benefit for companies with a variety of tools and equipment, particularly those operating in multiple locations. ToolHound is a browser-based application that uses the power of the Internet or corporate intranet to manage assets across far-flung locations. Tracking an unlimited number of tools and equipment across jobsites is further simplified with ToolHound Mobile software and a mobile computer with integrated bar code or RFID reader, making the collection of data quick and easy even in remote areas.


4. How do I evaluate tool & equipment tracking for my application?

Choosing a tool and equipment management system for your construction, maintenance or repair business is an important step toward greater productivity. The ability to quickly and easily manage your entire tool inventory, whether at one location or multiple jobsites, is critical. However, a robust management system also should deliver the ability to:

  • Share inventory data and provide 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

  • Get up to speed quickly with personalized technical support.


5. How accurate is tool & equipment tracking technology?

The powerful ToolHound system uses the latest wireless, RFID and bar code technologies to track and manage tools and equipment. Once the assets are labeled and entered into the system, a complete and accurate view of your inventory is available in real-time. With a quick scan of the barcode or RFID tag affixed to an item, all the available information about that item is readily available.


6. Can I locate all of my tools & equipment at a click of a button?

ToolHound was designed for maximum speed and ease of use, based on real-world experience and feedback from our customers. As tools are checked in and out, the ToolHound database is automatically updated to reflect an up-to-the-minute picture of all the valuable assets being tracked in the system for greater cost savings, operating efficiencies and overall peace of mind.


7. Should I use RFID or barcode to track my tool and equipment?

The data input method is largely dependent on your particular tool usage and storage conditions. For example, if a tool goes back in its case for storage at the end of the day, you can apply a stick-on barcode label on the tool where it will be protected in the case and won’t rub off. However, with 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 is the availability of personnel to assist with tool check-in and check-out. To achieve the utmost automation and speed, consider RFID technology to enable a self-serve tool crib application using ToolHound.


8. Who is ToolHound?

For nearly 30 years, ToolHound has delivered a comprehensive portfolio of tool and equipment management solutions for companies of all sizes across a variety of industries, including construction, power generation, chemical processing, mining and jobsite equipment maintenance and rental. ToolHound specializes in personalized technical support with on-site training and installation expertise.


Mar 25
2014

Top Questions on Tool and Equipment Management – Webinar Roundtable Discussion

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Join us for a free roundtable discussion where we answer your tough questions  of tool and equipment management.  We brought the top tool and equipment management experts to answer any questions you might have.

Here’s a few examples of frequently asked questions:

-  What is the best way to quickly and easily enable a Tool and Equipment tracking system?

-  What’s the ROI or pay-off on the ToolHound Tool and Equipment tracking system?

-  Should I use RFID or barcode scanners to track my inventory?

LIVE WEBINAR DETAILS: Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 1:30PM EDT

Click to register for the webinar: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/top-questions-on-tool-and-equipment-management-webinar-discussion-tickets-11071431951

Can’t make the webinar?  Feel free to email Sales to setup a time for a personal discussion and demo.  Also,  feel free to download our latest whitepaper “Tool, Equipment and Consumable Management for Construction Companies”.

Hope to see you there!

Mar 05
2014

Video: Honeywell’s Dolphin® 99EX Durability

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Watch this fetching video as Honeywell’s Dolphin® 99EX is repeatedly thrown, chewed, and dropped to concrete, yet still quickly and easily scans barcodes… The rugged scanner is just one part of ToolHound’s ruggedized Tool & Equipment management solution built to handle harsh construction, mining and oil and gas environments.


Mar 04
2014

Tool, Equipment and Consumable Management for Construction Companies

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ToolHound has published a White Paper “Tool, Equipment and Consumable Management for Construction Companies”.  This White Paper represents our desire to share our experience and methodologies in developing effective tool & equipment solutions and contribute to improving and informing industry best practice.

The white paper offers insight into issues in construction tool & equipment management as well as RFID tool tracking versus barcode tool tracking, off-site equipment tracking, purchasing tools solutions, equipment maintenance tracking, rental equipment tracking, tool room security, and return on investment. 

You can download the Tool, Equipment and Consumable Management for Construction Companies White Paper here and I’d welcome any comments, questions or observations you have on this blog post.

Feb 25
2014

Tech Tips - February 2014

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Resetting Honeywell Dolphin® Mobile Computers

We frequently get asked how to reset different Honeywell Dolphin mobile devices. Here's a handy-dandy reference for the most common models. Remember that a warm boot is the same as a reset on a PC or laptop. A cold boot is the same as a full shutdown, or turning the power off and back on.

Honeywell Dolphin 9900, 9500

Warm Boot
: Press CTRL + SFT for approximately 5 seconds.
Cold Boot: Press CTRL + ESC for approximately 5 seconds.

Honeywell Dolphin 99EX, 99GX:

Warm Boot: Press and hold the CTRL and ENTER keys for 5 seconds.
Cold Boot: Press and hold CTRL and ESC keys for 5 seconds.

Dolphin 70e:

Warm Boot: Press and hold on-button for about 4 seconds until the Options menu appears. Touch Soft Reset.
Cold Boot: Press and hold on-button for about 4 seconds until the Options menu appears. Touch Hard Reset.
If the device has stopped responding, Press and hold on-buttonfor about about 8 seconds until the device start to reboot..
Jan 30
2014

Tech Tips - January 2014

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Can you trust your backup?

Everyone knows they have to backup their data.  And we try to remember to do it on a regular basis.  But what happens when catastrophe strikes and you need to rely on that backup?  Is your backup doing its job?  

Organizations have faith that their data is secure but sometimes the wrong or incomplete data is backed up.  Keep in mind that sometimes a hardware issue that affects your database also takes out your backup.

Periodically, you should be testing your backup procedure and backed up data to ensure they are working and the data can be restored if required.

ToolHound Online and ToolHound 5 performs backups automatically.

Don't get caught in a crisis with a useless backup.

Jan 15
2014

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Save Time and Money

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A new year is here – the traditional time to make resolutions to get in shape, eat healthy foods, get more sleep, etc. How is that working out so far? Don’t feel bad… On average, nearly 40 percent of people who make new year’s resolutions will break them by the end of January!

What about making a resolution that is easy to keep and saves money as well? Resolve to get your tool inventory in shape in 2014 by reviving or upgrading your equipment management program.

Without an accurate picture of inventory, it’s easy to waste time and money keeping obsolete equipment on hand, or looking for misplaced tools at multiple job sites. An effective, easy-to-use tool management system like ToolHound 5 simplifies the task of monitoring and tracking everything from small hand tools to large vehicles and equipment.

You may have difficulty improving your eating or sleeping habits, but you can definitely improve productivity by ensuring the right tool is in the right place when needed. Resolve to make life easier in 2014 and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from protecting your investment with automated equipment management.

Dec 10
2013

A Play-by-Play on Tool Management Savings

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You have a big investment in your tools – time; money; even your reputation, because without proper, working tools your company can’t complete the job as promised and on deadline.

Of course, a robust tool management system like ToolHound helps you protect your investment in tools and equipment. But do you know how much your investment in tool management can actually pay off in time and money?

Let’s look at some average numbers…

Time Saved by Tradesman:

Let’s assume an average issue or return transaction takes 1 minute. If you process 50,000 transactions a year, and your tradesmen are paid $22/hour, then the amount of money saved = $9,167 per year.

Of course, if workers are getting their tools 50% faster, it means that tool crib personnel are taking 50% less time issuing the equipment, resulting in an additional savings of more than $8,000 per year.

Annual Physical Count

Because ToolHound streamlines inventory tracking, this typically time-intensive task can be cut in half. Assuming that you complete a physical count 3 times a year conducted by staff paid $20/hour, and it used to require 300 hours to do, you can now complete the task in half the time and save an average of $3,000 per year.

Asset Tracking

If you are currently spending 400 hours a year (or 1.5 hours per day) looking for your tools, ToolHound cuts this time by at least 50%, for an average saving of $3,000 per year.

Reduction of Tool Loss

Inventory levels are dropping because tools have been misplaced. Assuming your annual tool budget is $50,000 and 10% of this budget is spent replacing lost tools, reliable tool tracking and management could translate into an additional $5,000 saved annually.

Likewise, if the problem is tool hoarding, the same rule of thumb applies. The missing tools still have to be replaced. The benefit of accountability with the ToolHound system means you know who has the tools and they can be retrieved, instead of replaced, for another $5,000 saved per year.

Obsolete And Excessive Inventory

Without an accurate picture of your inventory, it’s easy to keep obsolete or duplicate tools that are not needed. Identifying assets that can be sold or removed from inventory frees up budget for new, up-to-date tools and equipment. If your equipment inventory is valued at $500,000 and you can realize a 5% reduction by shedding excess inventory, you could save up to $25,000 in the first year that you are using ToolHound.

Taking any or all of these scenarios into consideration, we can see just how quickly you will recoup maximum return on your investment in tool tracking and management.

Oct 09
2013

How to Get the Most Value with ToolHound

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Getting Started: How to Get the Most Value with ToolHound

 

So you are a new user of the ToolHound management system. Congratulations! … Now what do you do?

Here are some tips to help you get started and make sure you get the most benefit from your investment.

  1. Create a spreadsheet of all the tools and equipment to be tracked. Visit the ToolHound Learning Center for step-by-step instructions on how to import data.
  2. Customize the software tool to fit your operational procedures. With ToolHound, your personnel don’t have to change the way they work to fit the software.
  3. Determine which training method works best for you: onsite training or web-based. Onsite training typically requires 2 days. Web-based training is provided in 2-hour sessions; requiring up to 5 sessions, depending on how many modules are used.
  4. Call ToolHound tech support for help if you get stuck, or visit the online help center. You can follow a link to the help center directly from within ToolHound 5.
  5. Be sure to attend the upcoming ToolHound 2013 User Conference November 17-19 to participate in computer labs and hands-on tutorials, attend educational seminars and network with other uers.

We strongly recommend getting all of your personnel trained within the first month of adopting the system. If your staff is not properly trained, it’s likely that use of the system will decrease over time.

In addition, don’t forget to schedule follow-up training sessions as new staff are hired. These sessions also offer existing users an opportunity to learn more advanced features and techniques.

“The ToolHound onsite training was very useful because it helped me get a feel for how best to use the system for my company. There are several ways to set up tracking, and different companies need different types of reports,” said Matt McGinnis, area equipment coordinator for CB&I, a leading engineering firm serving clients in the energy and government markets.

 

We are pleased to offer both training and tech support online and in person as we strive to meet our customers’ individual needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments; we appreciate your feedback.
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