Fleet management computer software allows you to check the location, inventory, and assignations of vehicles and other assets in real-time.
The number of third-party and OEM telematics solutions is increasing, giving fleet managers in construction more options in choosing the right solution. Construction tool tracking systems are equally important due to the large amount of small and power tools that can be found on a job site. Fleet management software (FMS) allows you to track heavy equipment like cranes and diggers and smaller construction tools such as drills and jackhammers. FMS can also be integrated with other fleet software to consolidate all data related to fleets onto one platform with a single sign-on (SSO). This will increase security and reduce login headaches.
A cloud-based FMS allows you to track and monitor your assets. This gives you a real-time view and assignment of your equipment and tools. It also helps you keep your team accountable.
Asset assignments increase accountability.
How and where these items are stored will affect how easy it is to track your fleet assets, especially smaller tools and equipment. Are workers able to sign out assets as they are needed? Or do some items remain assigned to vehicles? Small equipment and tools should be assigned a home where they can be checked out and returned at the end of each day. Individuals can still access the item from their vehicle’s designated home, even if it is not on the vehicle.
FMS makes it easy to assign tools to different operators. Users can view the tool availability and quickly assign tools to their own devices. Users can then get on with their day. FMS can be synchronized with mobile apps, so users don’t need to purchase cumbersome barcode scanners. Operators can now scan equipment tags, barcodes, and QR codes with their mobile devices.
If preferred, managers can also assign assets. FMS allows managers and team members to instantly be notified via mobile app about tool assignments. Software to manage construction tool assignments keeps your team connected and makes it easy to see which tools are available, in use, or out of service.
Your team can also assign tools to each other to be accountable for what happens. You can see who last used the tool and take appropriate action if it is damaged or lost. Team members will likely keep track and maintain their tools by assigning tasks. This helps reduce tool misplacement and allows you to train or coach individuals in proper tool storage, handling, and care.
A tool checkout system helps your team organize tools and equipment and return them after use. This helps you keep an accurate inventory and lets other users know when certain tools are available. This streamlines communication and increases productivity.
Inventory Accuracy can prevent loss.
Although the number of small and large tools you manage may vary, one thing is certain: manually tracking inventory can often lead to inaccuracies. FMS automates inventory counts and stores tool details. FMS allows you to track the value, location, status, and other information. This lets you stay up-to-date on tool status changes and instantly access all asset information. You can easily modify the tool details and values to keep your asset records current. You can add or remove tools quickly from your system when you purchase new tools or replace existing ones.
FMS makes it simple to make sure that no tools are lost. Managers can quickly identify missing tools by comparing physical counts with FMS numbers.
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Keep track of usage, performance, and maintenance histories
Although we have covered accountability and keeping small tools and equipment in check, the best thing about FMS is the ability to track asset usage, performance, and maintenance history.
These are the details you need to know about:
- The optimal inventory count is tools and equipment that are regularly checked out and have high usage hours when they are assigned to work can be a sign of a need for additional inventory. Overusing equipment and tools can lead to wear and tear preventive maintenance (PM) and higher repair costs. Balanced use of equipment can help reduce maintenance costs and increase asset life.
- FMS can consolidate and aggregate data to provide easy reporting. You can easily pull a report to find information about top asset brands. You can improve your ROI by knowing which brands are most suitable for specific jobs.
- Improvements in PM schedules: It’s just like vehicles. It is important to be proactive about the tool and small equipment maintenance. These items will increase use on job sites, so maintenance histories can help determine if the PM schedules should be adjusted or if additional services are required.
FMS can be used to remotely track tool locations and assign tools, but its insight into usage and performance is just as valuable. Optimize inventory to increase productivity, extend asset life cycles, improve PM schedules, and ensure that you always have the right tool for your job.