Traditional tool and equipment tracking solutions typically manage tool inventory with bar codes and require a tool crib attendant to handle tool issues and returns. With the introduction of technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID), new efficiencies in tool tracking solutions have been developed. These solutions, like ToolHound’s RFID SecureCribTM, are fully automated, enabling workers to quickly get and return the tools they require without a tool crib attendant while still keeping the employee accountable for them.
Working in conjunction with ToolHound Online and ToolHound Onsite, SecureCribTM Kiosk allows workers to check out and return their own tools using a simple-to-use touch screen computer and RFID reader. The worker simply scans their badge to start the process and then chooses whether they are checking out or returning inventory. The RFID reader then scans all items the worker possesses and displays them on the computer screen. The worker confirms that the list matches their inventory and proceeds to their work space or to the crib to return their tools.
SecureCribTM Portal provides all the capabilities of the kiosk plus the added benefit of restricting access to the tool crib only to authorized workers.
ToolHound’s RFID tool tracking solution will:
- Reduced tool crib labor costs
- Increase visibility of tools and equipment status and location
- Improved productivity and employee efficiency by allowing tool crib attendants to focus on more important tasks
- Enforce maintenance schedules
- Read multiple tool tags simultaneously resulting in faster transactions
By using ToolHound’s SecureCribTM, site managers will have accurate, up-to-date inventories of their tools and equipment, which could significantly reduce the volume of tools and equipment that get lost, hoarded or removed from the work site.