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By Beth Bacheldor

Hilti Offers RFID Solution to Help Construction Professionals Manage Tools

Hilti, a technology and solution provider for the construction industry, has launched a new ON!Track Asset Management solution designed to help construction professionals make the most of their assets and resources. The new Web-based service utilizes RFID technology from Confidex to trace tools, machines and equipment at various construction sites.

The solution is designed to help Hilti's customers eliminate manual processes that can be inefficient and error-prone, the company explains, and replace them with real-time automated processes. Thus, customers will be able to optimize their use of assets by allocating the correct equipment to the right place at the proper time.

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With Hilti ON!Track, a construction company can tag its tools, machines, materials or equipment with passive RFID tags made by Confidex. Each tag is marked with visual and bar-coded ID numbers.

The company then uses an RFID reader or smartphone to scan each tag's RFID chip or bar code, the company explains, for quick and accurate identification of the equipment. The status of these assets is updated immediately to cloud-based data storage, Hilti says, thereby making the information readily available via the Internet or phone at any time.

Hilti's tags and labels are being placed on hammer drills, cordless electric drills, power saws, laser levels, heavy angle drills, fasteners and other tools. Additionally, the ON!Track service is not limited only to Hilti-branded products, but may also be applied to any tools and construction machinery that need to be traced or tracked at the site.

Since these types of assets are handled very roughly in challenging environments, Hilti required highly durable labels and tags. Hilti has been testing the RFID data-management solution with select key customers, and the system is now ready for a company-wide rollout.

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