To reduce expensive replacement costs, C&D Mechanical needed an asset tracking solution to monitor the use and location of its high-value tools. Using off-the-shelf GPS devices and the Losant dashboards, C&D was able to monitor each tool’s location, time in use and time in inventory. Real-time tool location information increased productivity and saved the company tens of thousands of dollars in replacement costs.
Losant + C&D Mechanical
C&D Mechanical is an industrial plumbing services company which offers plumbing, HVAC, pipe and valve fitting services and supplies. C&D Mechanical is based in Cincinnati and serves mid to large size commercial customers.
In less than a year’s time, C&D spent more than $20,000 to replace ProPress systems; which are tools used to connect pipes for commercial plumbing installations. The business needed an asset tracking system to monitor the use and location of these valuable company resources. An effective solution also needed to track the number of tools in circulation and the length of time out in order to minimize time in transit or inventory.
C&D installed Queclink GL505 GPS devices on each ProPress tool and implemented a custom Losant gateway. Using the Losant Enterprise IoT platform’s easy-to-use data visualization tool and drag-and-drop reaction editor, C&D leadership built a dashboard to view the exact location of every item in inventory in real-time.
"Adding GPS trackers to our expensive pro press systems allowed us to completely eliminate loss saving us close to $20,000. We were also able to serve more customers in the process by keeping the pro presses in circulation."
Real-time tool location information reduced C&D’s loss by 100% and increased productivity by more than 10%. The Losant IoT enterprise platform’s ease-of-use enabled the business to set up the tool tracking solution quickly in-house and avoid a significant investment in developer resources.
The Next Objective
Next, C&D would like to use IoT solutions to increase its service offerings for healthcare customers. The company would like to provide real-time water quality monitoring for hospitals which rely on C&D to help monitor lead levels for compliance.
C&D also plans to install additional asset tracking solutions for company vehicles and other high-value resources.
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