Software from Hardcat supports process driven tools management
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.