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The Digital Black Hole

Can technology make tracking tools and assets more efficient?

When companies don't digitise their business processes, a "digital black hole" can form, causing projects to exceed time and budget. Want the whole story? Download the full whitepaper below.

Where does all the money go?

Labor (40% of income), material and consumables (20%), and tools and equipment (15%) are a company’s top costs. They're also the most difficult to manage when using a patchwork of paper-based systems and spreadsheets.

Neither transparent or accountable, these systems can have negative cost and efficiency implications for managing tools and assets.

Managing assets the old way

90 hours

per month
are spent searching for tools (on average)

65 %

of companies
have difficulty tracking tools and equipment

7,000 $

is spent annually
on replacing lost assets (on average)

35 %

of construction time
is spent on non-productive activities

Why labour costs matter

While labour costs and shortages are on the rise, technology can make labour management more predictable by exposing business inefficiencies, which can improve planning and profitability. 

Understanding labour productivity can also provide transparency into how assets are used. Ask yourself the following questions:

How much work can a group of 20 workers get done in a day?

How many days do you need to complete the job?

How many workers will you need to finish in time? 

How much time can you save if you invest in faster equipment?

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Managing Tools and Inventory

To mend the digital black hole, embrace technology

At a time when profit margins are shrinking and costs are rising, the use of paper-based inventory management systems that are dependant on people are becoming difficult to justify. 

Prioritising digital technology creates data. Key data items can then be identified to enable quick action.


Technology such as IoT and tagging can provide an asset’s location, usage and maintenance status. This real-time information can interface with asset management software so teams can make more informed tool management decisions.

How can asset management software help?

It enables more accurate budgeting by tracking materials and consumables.

It helps avoid downtime by identifying duplicate, unused assets.

It can control loss by monitoring consumables and equipment removal. 

It provides transparency into inventory by connecting to smart batteries.

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A better way to manage

Control costs, reduce losses and keep projects running on time

Digital solutions like smart batteries and asset management software are increasingly easy to use and inexpensive to implement. With the right choices, digitisation can help cut costs on assets, free up staff for more productive work and eliminate delays caused by paper-based systems and spreadsheets.

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Digitisation and other technologies can help you increase productivity, optimise your business and enhance safety. How? Find out by exploring our new collection of whitepapers, which include topics such as automation, asset management and human augmentation.

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