Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 70
Technology: Streamline Your Business | SHAREMYTOOLBOX
SHAREMYTOOLBOX OFFERS A NEW
TOOL-TRACKING SOLUTION FOR THE
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. BY KAT ZEMAN
osing or misplacing pricey tools is a problem that most contractors have experienced. It's especially a problem for smaller to mid-sized contractors for whom every dollar is critical.
Replacing expensive tools grossly impacts the effectiveness
of operations - and the bottom line.
"It's a tremendous waste of both time and money to have to
rebuy the same tools over and over again when they are lost," says
Chris Wirtz, co-founder of ShareMyToolbox. "Nobody should have
to do that."
That's why Wirtz and his partner, Chuck Elyea, founded ShareMyToolbox, a new and user-friendly tool tracking solution designed for
the construction industry. "Ours is a different approach to a very old
problem," Wirtz says.
Although tool trackers have been rolled out by highly reputable toolmakers like Bosch, Milwaukee and DeWalt, the solution
developed by ShareMyToolbox is different. Most tool trackers on the
market today use GPS and Bluetooth-based technology for tracking.
Their beacon-based technology presents issues with range and
signal reliability. Plus, beacons can be difficult to attach to each item
and easily removed by a thief.
ShareMyToolbox does not use hardware-based solutions that
rely solely on beacons, GPS and Bluetooth technology. Instead, the
company created a responsibility-based tool that utilizes modern
app technology incorporated with accountability. It tells the user
who has the tool at all times.
responsibility-based tool that
utilizes modern app technology.
or warehouse employee managing the transfer. In addition, the app
includes an optional barcode tool-tracking function.
"Our app turns your phone into a bar code scanner," Wirtz says. "It
will tell you if a tool has been calibrated, if it passed a safety check
and if it's still under warranty. All that information is also available
to people in the field that are working with the tool."
The app is available for both iOS and Android phones and tablets.
In addition, ShareMyToolbox provides a cloud database that gives
users a connection to a PC, allowing them to centralize all informaHow it works
tion collected from the app into the cloud.
ShareMyToolbox is a mobile field tracking and tool management
"That cloud database is key when you're
software solution for small tools based on peerto-peer sharing.
running a company," Wirtz says. ShareMyToolbox charges a per-person monthly fee
Once the app is installed, the user is rewww.sharemytoolbox.com
for the service ($10 per user, per month).
sponsible for compiling an inventory list that
* Headquarters: Charlo e, N.C.
"But there are tons of small companies that
includes all tools and equipment that need
can't afford to buy software," Wirtz adds. "So
to be tracked. In addition, ShareMyToolbox
* Specia y: Tool-tracking olution
we provide a free version of the app for small
recommends making notes on how long the
item has been owned to better anticipate
contractors. But we limit it so that you can
only connect to four additional people."
needed maintenance or replacement.
- Chris Wirtz, co-founder
The user then catalogs tools and makes
But actually, anyone can download the
app for free. Wirtz says that the company's
connections to other users to assign tools.
free app version is often used by mechanics
Users can share tools, transferring both
to track their personal tools, and some peothe tool and responsibility for the tool from
user-to-user. This removes a need for an office
ple have even used to it track their books,
"Ours is a different approach to
a very old problem."
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