Manage Equipment with These Tool Apps

Apps are proving to be beneficial in the construction industry—and will continue to grow substantially in the future. According to IDC and App Annie, the “app economy” had its best quarter in Q1 of 2018, as mobile applications are becoming more common in both the consumer and the enterprise space.

Hilti Connect App

As one recent example specifically for the construction industry, tool maker Hilti unveiled the Hilti Connect App, which includes product information, service history, and more, all inside the app.

With a near-field communication (NFC) tag, users can identify the tool and access key information. This includes warranty, the last time the tool was repaired, how many times it has been repaired, and the total amount of money spent on the repair. Construction professionals can also schedule maintenance and repair and access how-to videos and instructions.

Taking this even further, Bluetooth technology enables Hilti Connect to track tool usage for its newest direct fastening tools, informing users when to clean a tool or schedule a maintenance request.

DEWALT Tool Connect

Connected tools via an app is gaining in popularity as another example, DEWALT offers Tool Connect, which is an inventory management solution to track and customize tools across multiple jobsites. Data from the mobile app automatically updates in the Inventory Manager portal at the office or tool crib.

Construction professionals can monitor diagnostics including battery status and operating temperature or disable tools or batteries when they are out of range to help deter theft. Another unique feature is the ability to set up a virtual fence to receive alerts when tracked tools, equipment, or materials are removed.

As connected hand-tool technology continues to advance, construction professionals will have a new method to manage equipment—whether they are in the office, at the jobsite, or anywhere in between.

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