How To- Set up your shop so there are less unbilled hours, less downtime, and less time taken to load and unload equipment

Having a streamlined shop setup is one technique a company can do to increase productivity.  A more organized equipment setup increases productivity of crews, which in turn increases profits.  Equipment organization in the yard and shop as well as on company trucks and trailers can increase productivity.  It will also result in less unbilled hours, and more efficient systems and procedures.

However, creating an organized shop setup is often time consuming and can be difficult for employees to follow.

Invisi-Tag is a mobile asset-tracking device that is available on your smartphone device.  It is an electronic checklist that shows all equipment that is currently on the truck or in the warehouse. With this mobile app, the crew will be able to see all items on the truck before they leave, as well as items that are missing.  Crews will no longer lose time on a job from being unable to locate items in the shop or the truck. 

Invisi-Tag will allow you to have equipment for jobs set and ready to go.  It will take less time in the morning to load the trucks due to the fact that Invisi-Tag makes it easy to view all equipment on a vehicle.  Crews will be able to see exactly what needs to be loaded, and there is no guesswork.  At the end of the day crews can verify that all of the equipment is on the truck, and none was left at the job site.  This way, crews do not have to stay later going back to pick up forgotten equipment.

Taking inventory is a procedure that is daunting and time consuming for many companies.  It relies heavily on paper processes, and can easily be affected by human error.  If a shop is not well set up, taking inventory will take even longer than usual.  Invisi-Tag streamlines the inventory processes completely, making it simple to do inventory in less than a minute.  The possibility of human error is completely eliminated, as well as the possibility of an incomplete inventory due to the fact that electronic sensors working in the background do all of the work for you.

Making sure all equipment documents are organized, and readily available is crucial to having an efficient shop.  However, it is usually difficult to implement a good system.  Many companies rely on large filing cabinets, which take up space, become easily disorganized, and are time consuming to look through. 

Sigilo Fleet Management is a mobile app that stores all equipment information.  Having equipment documents such as maintenance history, repair history, and warranty details at your fingertips means that you can completely eliminate large filing cabinets full of disorganized papers.  Also, if a piece of equipment is due for maintenance you will know ahead of time, rather than when it’s too late.  This will make the shop set up more effective and you can customize it to easily get equipment in and out. There is no longer a reason to sift through paper folders searching for specific equipment information, making your shop unorganized.  Sigilo will streamline equipment processes and make looking for equipment information much easier.

Productivity can be lost when there is not an organized system in place to track equipment.  If important equipment goes missing then there is usually no choice but to have employees stop what they are doing to search for them.   Not only can tools go missing in the shop or yard, but they can get stolen as well. Senal Geo Tracking is a mobile GPS tracking system available on your smartphone.  It can be used to track any important tool or piece of equipment. Senal’s sensors are constantly working in the background, so you always know where your valuable equipment and machines are.  This will streamline how quickly your crews are able to load trucks before jobs, and it will reduce downtime significantly.

 

 

 

 

 

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How To: Improve Productivity Through Efficient Systems & Procedures

Having efficient and effective procedures in place is a key to maintaining a business that is profitable and productive.  Reducing leakage is a key part of making this happen.  Leakage can be defined as any sort of inefficiency in operations that cannot be fixed. 

Companies use various methods to try and fix leakage.  One way is training employees more effectively.  This method usually doesn’t work because employees cannot always be relied on to stay long-term- they can leave or get promoted.  Training also takes up extra time and effort.  Paper processes are another method that companies use; however, these can be inconsistent and over time the emphasis placed on them is reduced.  Written policies and procedures may seem like an effective way to solve leakage.  In many companies however, the emphasis placed on them is reduced as time goes on, and there is a wide margin for individual interpretation of the policies and procedures.

ETS provides innovative and easy to use methods for eliminating leakage in organizations. All of our systems are available on smartphones; this is technology that your employees already use and embrace in their personal lives.  There is no training necessary, which increases employee productivity right from the start.  ETS systems completely eliminate the possibility of human error.

Forgotten equipment is a major cause for frustration in many companies.  Getting all the way to a job site before realizing you forgot something, and then needing to turn around is a waste of valuable time.  It significantly reduces the productivity of crews, which in turn affects the quality of your employees’ work. 

Invisi-Tag is an innovative system that provides your crews with an electronic checklist.  The electronic checklist is available on a smartphone or tablet, which many employees already know how to use. With our mobile app, the crew will be able to see all items on the truck before they leave, as well as items that are not there (or are there that aren’t supposed to be).   Crews will no longer lose time on a job from being unable to locate and track critical tools and equipment.

Taking inventory is a procedure that is daunting and time consuming for many companies.  It relies heavily on paper processes, and can easily be affected by human error.  Invisi-Tag streamlines the inventory processes completely, making it simple to do inventory in less than a minute.  The possibility of human error is completely eliminated, as well as the possibility of an incomplete inventory due to the fact that electronic sensors working in the background do all of the work for you.

Another issue that managers struggle with is employee accountability.  If a tool goes missing, sometimes it can be hard to figure out the employee or crew responsible.  Invisi-Tag solves this problem by allowing jobs to be assigned to specific employees.  This way, if anything goes missing, the correct person will be held accountable.  Having this system in place will increase employee’s productivity, because they know that they can be held accountable for discrepancies.

There are many ways to organize jobs on Invisi-Tag’s app, and cloud-computing capabilities are available as well.  This way, all reports are available on any device at any time.  Crews will no longer waste time driving back to the shop to pick up forgotten tools.  Their productivity will be significantly increased, as well as profits overall.

Companies have a variety of systems in place when it comes to organizing equipment data such as repair and maintenance information or warranty information.  Usually these involve stacks of files that are easy to misplace, and that can easily become disorganized.  Sigilo Fleet Management is a mobile app that allows you to store all important equipment information that is critical to operations.  It is completely paperless, and allows you to have important information at your fingertips whenever you need it. Sigilo provides all maintenance and repair information, so you can know ahead of time when a piece of equipment is due for repairs.  Sigilo will also increase your productivity due to the fact that you will not have to spend hours searching for these papers when you need them.

Productivity can be lost when there is not a good system in place to track equipment.  If important equipment goes missing then there is usually no choice but to have employees stop what they are doing to search for them.  Senal Geo Tracking is a mobile GPS tracking system available on your smartphone.  It can be used to track any important tool or piece of equipment. Senal’s sensors are constantly working in the background, so you always know where your valuable equipment and machines are.

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