Soft­ware from Hard­cat sup­ports process driven tools man­age­ment

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

Aus­tralian-based as­set track­ing soft­ware and ser­vices ven­dor, Hard­cat has de­vel­oped a state-of-the-art tools man­age­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for global cus­tomers. Hard­cat Tool Manager, the new soft­ware, pro­vides or­gan­i­sa­tions with full visibility and con­trol over their en­tire tool in­ven­tory by op­ti­mis­ing the man­age­ment of large and small tools of trade. In ad­di­tion to fa­cil­i­tat­ing bet­ter tool utilisation, the soft­ware also re­duces po­ten­tial im­pact on pro­duc­tiv­ity aris­ing out of tool losses and missed cal­i­bra­tion or main­te­nance events.

Hard­cat Tool Manager tracks all tools by mon­i­tor­ing key data such as who used the tools, how they were used and when they were be­ing used, dis­cour­ag­ing pos­si­ble mis­use by em­ploy­ees by mak­ing them more accountable for the tools they are us­ing. The soft­ware also sup­ports best prac­tice tool man­age­ment by en­sur­ing that war­ranty claims aren’t missed and tools are be­ing utilised to their op­ti­mum.

Bet­ter life­cy­cle man­age­ment of full tool in­ven­to­ries has been iden­ti­fied by busi­ness process en­gi­neers as a sim­ple and ef­fec­tive method of im­prov­ing bot­tom line busi­ness per­for­mance in in­dus­tries where large and small tools rep­re­sent sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal in­vest­ment.

The Tool Manager sys­tem works by tag­ging all tools us­ing any op­tion pre­ferred by the cus­tomer such as bar­codes, Di­rect Part Mark­ing or RFID tags while also gen­er­at­ing de­tailed records for each staff mem­ber as well as ex­ter­nal con­trac­tors.

Hard­cat Tool Manager al­lows com­pa­nies to struc­ture and cat­e­gorise their en­tire tools and equip­ment reg­is­ter within the core mod­ule and also col­lect, track and re­port on a wealth of in­for­ma­tion about each piece of equip­ment. In­for­ma­tion held against each item can be ac­cessed and sorted by vir­tu­ally any field. Each item in the data­base can have as many as 10,500 as­so­ci­ated fields.

Key fea­tures and benefits of Hard­cat Tool Manager in­clude ex­tremely scal­able so­lu­tion ac­com­mo­dat­ing com­pa­nies with a few hun­dred tools to those with sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand tools; sim­ple and de­tailed re­port­ing with user de­fined dash­boards and alerts, of­fer­ing users com­plete visibility and con­trol of their tool in­ven­tory; au­to­matic sched­ul­ing of com­mon tasks or tem­plates al­lowed with work or­ders is­sued au­to­mat­i­cally for main­te­nance, in­spec­tions and cal­i­bra­tions on all tools; and track­ing of all con­sum­ables and re­place­ment stock for at-a-glance view of tool’s lo­ca­tion, utilisation, user and con­sump­tion.

Be­ing plat­form ag­nos­tic, Hard­cat Tool Manager can be used by SQL, Sy­base or Or­a­cle data­bases, and the smart­phone app, Mi­cat is avail­able on Ap­ple or An­droid mo­bile de­vices al­low­ing dy­namic tool man­age­ment to hap­pen in the field and on job sites. Col­lected data can also be di­rectly ex­ported to broader ERP ap­pli­ca­tions such as SAP.

Hard­cat Tool Manager in­tro­duces a high level of au­dit and con­trol over crit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion as­sets, with ev­ery tool, piece of equip­ment as well as per­son in the Hard­cat data­base hav­ing a unique and com­pre­hen­sive au­dit trail. Au­dit trails can­not be al­tered, pro­vid­ing man­age­ment with full chain of cus­tody of each tool from pro­cure­ment through to dis­posal.­quiry #150410.

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