We are happy to announce that WiiN is now officially available on Android devices! And, that’s not all: We’ve already updated an iOS version to improve user interface, including a fix for bugs that sometimes occurred when adding new tools to the inventory.
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As you may know, we recently attended IEC Con 2015 in Tampa, Florida, and we felt it was a great experience. We got to meet electricians and contractors from all over the country and gained extra insight into how businesses are managing their tools and how they can improve. But we also had the opportunity to immerse ourselves even more into this industry that we’re a part of.
After being in the electrical field for 20+ years, there’s one thing we know for sure: the industry is always evolving. And that’s what is so great about the annual convention. It brings together all these moving parts of the industry – like engineering and technology, products and vendors, up-and-coming electricians and experienced veterans – and it shows you how much the trade is really advancing. After all, we do offer mobile tool management, so who could appreciate innovation more than us?
IEC Con also gave us the chance to get to know companies and learn more about them. Although we may only help you manage your tools, it’s still important for us to know what your company is up to and figure out how we can grow with you. Even for those who maybe didn’t think WiiN was the right fit for them, we were able to open that conversation and learn more about the way they currently manage tools. It’s allowed us to start brainstorming and discussing how we can make our tool management system even better.
But it wasn’t just a learning experience for us. We were thrilled to see the number of young students and kids who came through to learn more about the industry. It’s those fresh, creative minds that are often the driving forces behind moving the industry forward.
So whether you’re a vendor, electrician, company, contractor or just plain interested in the electrical field, the convention is an experience for you. There are so many great ideas and things to learn from others just like you – and they’re all in one convenient place at IEC Con. We are so excited to take part in such a great event again next year and we hope to see you there!
Businesses in the construction industry know all to well how easily projects can get bogged down, pushed back or put on pause. Most times these delays are out of your control. That’s why it’s extremely important to focus on the business aspects you CAN control. Like putting practices into place that make your employees work as efficiently as possible, thus making the company as lean as possible.
1. Executive delegation
Depending on the size of your company, you may need to have an established chain of command to keep things running smooth. If you have five active job sites at any given time, assign a foreman or supervisor to each job site. Technicians report to the designated supervisor, who reports to the head of operations, who reports to the business owner (or something like that, relative to your size). If the boss man is constantly dealing with the problems of every which employee, things get overlooked and operations get messy, which does not make for a lean construction business approach.
2. Routine assembly
Regular team huddles are important, whatever the frequency and manner is based on your business needs. Do you need to meet with the entire company every week? Probably not, but maybe once a month or each quarter. It is a good idea to have weekly meetings, at a minimum, with the workers at each job site. Taking a little time away from the physical construction labor can actually translate to lean construction sites. Employees are constantly being moved around based on deadline, demand, skill or other. It’s important to keep each and every team member up to speed on designated projects and processes.
3. Asset management
No one understands better than you how difficult keeping track of company “stuff” is. Especially those expensive tools that you have to share across multiple locations. How much time do your employees spend trying to find the tools they need? Not to mention, that feeling when you realize you’ve lost or misplaced an important tool somewhere along the way. An asset tracking system can help you eliminate lots of this. Try using a tool management system – like us – for improved lean construction practices. Our mobile app provides a cloud-based inventory to keep track of assets and easily check them out from job site to job site. Some type of management system is crucial to company efficiency in this industry.
4. Team communication
Whether it’s radio walkies, a corporate messenger or just their own cellphones, make sure your team can effectively communicate with one another. A chain of command is great, but unproductive, at best, if your employees can’t get ahold of each other to follow it. If a technician needs approval to move forward with a project and the supervisor is nowhere to be found, what do you think they are is doing while they wait? Maybe they have other work to be finished, but you don’t want to take the chance of employees sitting around just because they can’t communicate with their boss.
How often are you asking, “where is it now?” How many resources do you waste searching for company tools or replacing lost ones? Here at WiiN, we can put an end to all of that.
We’re revolutionizing the construction industry with our innovative tool tracking software. Now you can easily keep track of tool inventory with our simple app for smartphones.
We leverage industrial grade QR codes for scanning tools into a cloud-based inventory. From there, authorized users are able to search, locate, request and return tools within the app. Administrators can regulate user access, respond to pending tool requests, and manage tool inventory, whether you’re in the office or on the go.
Since all these functions are accessed directly on the app, you won’t need any extra devices or bulky scanners to use our tool management system. We’ve made it easier than ever for you to utilize tool tracking, eliminate waste and improve efficiency.
Currently, WiiN is only available on iOS devices, but we’ll have Android capability real soon. Subscriptions are available on a yearly basis, priced according to inventory size.
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