Losing your tools is never fun. Not only does it put you in quite the predicament when it comes time to fix something for a client, but it also costs you a significant amount of money. After all, electrical tools and equipment aren’t cheap. What if you could stop losing your tools and actually find them when you needed them? With applications that include QR and GPS tracking, you certainly can.
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How Do QR Codes and Scanning Work?
QR codes are much like barcodes in that they are black and white patterns that you can scan to retrieve information about a product. You can attach a unique QR code to each one of your electrical tools, then input information like the serial number, the purchase price, the average depreciation, and more. This way, each time you scan that code with your smartphone, you can get information about that particular tool – in real time, from anywhere that has an internet connection. In fact, you can even ask others to upload maintenance information each time a tool is cleaned, oiled, sharpened, or otherwise cared for.
How Does GPS Tracking Work?
When you order your QR labels for your tools, you can also opt to order them with GPS tracking chips inside them. This technology is simply amazing. With it, you can look up your missing tools and find out exactly where they are, which comes in handy if they’ve been left at a jobsite, in a company truck, or even if they’ve been stolen. In fact, some business insurers may give you discounts on your premiums for using such a tool since it truly is that helpful. Although the GPS tracking is completely optional, it is very helpful – especially if you work with very expensive tools.
What If You Need to File a Claim?
If you suspect that your equipment has been stolen, or if certain pieces of equipment were damaged in some way that is covered under your insurance policy, you can use the applications that store equipment data to generate lists. These make it easier for you to provide the necessary information to the police or insurance company so that you can expedite the claims process since they contain everything from the item’s serial number to perhaps even its color and appearance. This is very important for hopefully finding your tools or getting your compensation for your tools more quickly.
Why Apps Work Better
Although it’s certainly possible for you to keep a written list of all of your tools and their serial numbers, this isn’t very efficient and creates a huge margin for error. Spreadsheets are a bit better since you can create backups and they’ll perform calculations for you, but they require a lot of updating and access to a computer that has the spreadsheet software installed. An app for tracking your equipment is better because it’s available on your smartphone and gives you instant access to the information you want from anywhere, as long as you’re connected to the internet.
Tracking your electrical equipment can save you plenty of time and frustration, and it can even save your money in the long run. It makes filing claims simpler, and it gives you the peace of mind the comes with knowing your equipment is protected.