In disaster restoration, it's all about response time. How quickly you get your customer up and running after disaster strikes can mean the difference between keeping or losing that customer. Asset tracking helps disaster restoration companies gain the efficiencies needed to be ready when their customers need them most. Mobile equipment like dehumidifiers, water extractors, and duct vacuums not only need to be in prime working condition but need to be easily tracked once they leave the warehouse and travel between job sites.
What are the Benefits of Asset Tracking for Restoration Companies?
There are many benefits for restoration companies to implement an asset tracking system including:
- Improved Inventory Management - asset tracking allows restoration companies to accurately track and manage inventory, ensuring they have the necessary equipment to complete projects thereby helping to prevent delays and downtime due to missing or inadequate equipment, which can negatively impact project timelines and profitability.
- Cost Savings - asset tracking can help restoration companies save money by preventing equipment loss and theft, as well as minimizing unnecessary purchases of redundant equipment.
- Compliance and Reporting - asset tracking can help restoration companies comply with industry regulations and reporting requirements, such as providing documentation for insurance claims or audits.
- Improved Efficiency - asset tracking can help restoration companies optimize their operations by identifying opportunities to streamline processes and reduce waste.
- Improved Customer Satisfaction - accurate and efficient restoration services are critical to customer satisfaction. Asset tracking can help restoration companies deliver high-quality services by ensuring they have the necessary equipment to complete projects on time and on budget.
What Kind of Asset Tag Should Restoration Companies Use?
Restoration companies typically use asset tags to track their equipment and other physical assets. The type of asset tag that a restoration company should use depends on various factors like the size and type of equipment, the working environment, and the tracking system used.
Some common types of asset tags that restoration companies use include:
- Barcode Tags - these tags contain a unique barcode that can be scanned with a handheld device or smartphone. Barcodes are a popular choice because they are cost-effective and easy to use. Barcode tags can be made from various materials including aluminum, polyester, and other durable materials. Asset tags for restoration companies require durable materials due to the types of conditions they will need to withstand. Our Metal Barcode Nameplates are ideal for restoration companies due to their durability and reliability - plus, the adhesive on this product will adhere to the antimicrobial surface that is used for many types of equipment used by restoration companies. Paper tags will not last in that type of environment.
- RFID Tags - these tags use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to transmit data to a reader. RFID tags are more expensive than barcode tags, but they offer more efficiency in tracking due to the ability to read many tags at once as well as not requiring line of sight to read the RFID tag. Just like barcode tags, RFID tags used by restoration companies need to be made of durable materials due to the environmental conditions to which the tag will be exposed. Paper RFID tags will not withstand those conditions.
- QR Code Tags - these tags contain a QR (quick response) code that can be scanned with a smartphone. The QR code is actually a type of 2D (two-dimensional) barcode so they can be produced on the same materials as standard 1D (one-dimensional) barcode tags. QR codes can also be printed on an RFID tag and have the same information programmed into both the QR code and the RFID inlay. Metalcraft offers metal QR code tags which are the preference of many restoration customers.
What are the Benefits of Barcode or RFID Tags for Restoration Companies?
Barcode and RFID tags are both useful tools for asset tracking applications for restoration companies and offer several benefits including:
- Reduced Labor Costs - by automating the equipment tracking process, restoration companies can save time and reduce labor costs associated with manual inventory tracking and asset management.
- Increased Accuracy - barcode and RFID technology can provide accurate and reliable data on asset location, usage, and maintenance history, reducing errors and ensuring assets are properly accounted for.
- Enhanced Security - barcode and RFID tags can help prevent theft and unauthorized access to assets by providing an audit trail of asset movements and enabling access control measures.
About the Author: Julia Deets
Julia Deets joined Metalcraft in 1999 as the Marketing/New Product Director. Julia has held numerous roles during her career with Metalcraft, all related to marketing and customer support. Her current position is as the VP of Marketing and Customer Experience. She has both an undergrad and a Master's degree in Organizational Communications from Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Northern Iowa, respectively.