Construction Companies Can Manage Tools via Mobile App

Tool management startup WiiN Solutions developed an app specifically for construction companies that allows them to manage tools via mobile device.

Tool management startup WiiN Solutions developed an app specifically for construction companies that allows them to manage tools via mobile device.

Construction companies spread across multiple job sites will no longer need to ask “where is it now?” Tool management startup WiiN Solutions LLC developed an app specifically for construction companies that allows them to manage their tools within seconds via mobile device.

Industrial grade QR labels and cloud-based inventory allow authorized user to search, locate, request and returns tools within the app. Administrators are able to regulate user access, respond to pending tool requests and manage tool inventory, whether in the field or the office.

Companies can eliminate waste by spending less time searching for tools and less money replacing lost ones. They’ll also be able to improve efficiency by quickly locating and accessing their tools from job sites.

Since the WiiN app is downloaded and accessed on smartphones, no bulky scanners or extra devices are needed to manage tool inventory. Currently, WiiN is available on iOS devices, with Android capability in the testing phase. Pricing is based on inventory size, with monthly and yearly subscription options.

Lithium Ion Batteries Connect to App via Bluetooth

DEWALT launches its first line of premium 20V MAX 2.0 Amp (DCB203BT) and 4.0 Amp (DCB204BT) lithium ion batteries with Bluetooth capability.

DEWALT launches its first line of premium 20V MAX 2.0 Amp (DCB203BT) and 4.0 Amp (DCB204BT) lithium ion batteries with Bluetooth capability.

Adding to its growing offering of “connected” tools, DEWALT launches its first line of premium 20V MAX 2.0 Amp (DCB203BT) and 4.0 Amp (DCB204BT) lithium ion batteries with Bluetooth capability.

These batteries pair with Apple and Android smart devices via the free Tool Connect App. This innovation gives DEWALT users the ability to control their compatible DEWALT batteries remotely via a Bluetooth device. For the early-adopter who runs a business on a job site, this technology allows greater control over tools in residential, MRO and commercial work sites.

Bluetooth-enabled batteries solve a number of job-site problems and the Tool Connect App takes just a few moments to set up. Users can simply connect their compatible DEWALT batteries to their Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet (by initiating the pairing process) and view the inventory of paired units on the Tool Connect App home screen. This home screen allows users to remotely turn all compatible DEWALT Bluetooth batteries on or off at once, monitor battery charge level, view Bluetooth signal strength and pair additional batteries.

From the Tool Connect App home screen, users can select an individual battery to view its diagnostics and change settings by tabbing through four pages: Diagnostics, Actions, Info and Alerts. The Diagnostics screen indicates an individual battery’s state of charge, temperature and connection to Bluetooth. This screen also allows users to enable and disable a particular battery. By disabling a battery, the user prevents it from being used until re-enabled. This feature makes it easy to shut down equipment at the end of the day to conserve battery life and deter theft.

The Actions screen allows the user to customize their alert preferences depending on what information they need and when they need it. These options include Alert if Out of Range, Disable if Out of Range, Alert at Low Battery Charge, Alert at High Temperature and Alert at Charge Completion. In addition, this screen offers a Lending Button, which allows for sharing of batteries. The user can select an amount of time for the tool (with battery) to be lent and when the time is exceeded, the battery shuts down and the owner receives an alert.

Finally, the Alerts screen provides a comprehensive list of all of the alerts that have been generated by the Tool Connect App and the compatible DEWALT Bluetooth batteries. From here, users can select an alert to view more details or clear some or all alerts in the log.

App Allows Access to Photos, Videos and Detailed Technical Information

Samco Machinery developed a free smartphone application allowing access to company pictures, videos as well as detailed technical information.

Samco Machinery developed a free smartphone application allowing access to company pictures, videos as well as detailed technical information.

Customers are searching for information in new ways and Samco Machinery is doing even more to put that information right at their fingertips.

Earlier this year, Samco Machinery developed a free smartphone application allowing access to company pictures, videos as well as detailed technical information. That application is now available to Android users. Once the Samco App is downloaded, it can be accessed at any time, without the need for online access.

The Samco Machinery App, available for free in the Apple Store and now in the Google Play Store, contains five sections to provide any data the potential customer may need.

  • About Samco Machinery: contains company information, a product gallery and the corporate video.
  • Markets: contains spec sheets and machine videos relating to the various industries served by Samco.
  • RFQ: allows customers to submit a request for information.
  • Support: features a link to the company website as well as the names, titles and email addresses of support staff.
  • News: hosts the latest company news, media coverage, as well as providing up to date trade show information.

App Offers Holistic Approach on Selecting a Roofing System

With the Free CertainTeed Roofing Guide app, homeowners can now easily drive inspiration for their home’s exterior color palette.

With the Free CertainTeed Roofing Guide app, homeowners can now easily drive inspiration for their home’s exterior color palette.

With the Free CertainTeed Roofing Guide app, homeowners can now easily drive inspiration for their home’s exterior color palette. The user-friendly mobile application, updated for iPad and now available for Android tablets, is an easy and efficient way to showcase CertainTeed’s shingle color and design options.

To offer homeowners a holistic approach on selecting a roofing system, the app includes the latest CertainTeed Roofing products; a layer-by-layer look at the components of the Integrity Roof System; an accessories brochure; and the CertainTeed Idea Book, which depicts an array of inspiring design options.

Designed for tablets, the CertainTeed Roofing Guide can be found by searching “CertainTeed” on Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

App Generates Real-time Fall Clearance and Swing Fall Calculations

The Miller Fall Clearance App from Honeywell

The Miller Fall Clearance App from Honeywell

Optimize your safety when working at heights with the new Miller Fall Clearance App from Honeywell for Apple or Android mobile devices. Use the Miller Fall Clearance App to generate real-time critical fall clearance and swing fall calculations for self-retracting lifelines and shock-absorbing lanyards. The app includes multilingual support in English, Spanish and French with metric conversions and even allows you to email the results. Optimized for use on smartphones and tablets, the app is available on Google Play or iTunes.

Metal Roofing Installation App Gives Instant Access to 3-D Animated Video Tutorials

Union Corrugating Co. has released its MyMetalRoof Install Wizard for iPhone and iPad.

Union Corrugating Co. has released its MyMetalRoof Install Wizard for iPhone and iPad.

Union Corrugating Co. has released its MyMetalRoof Install Wizard for iPhone and iPad. This app will benefit contractors, dealers and homeowners by giving instant access to the 3-D animated, easy-to-follow video tutorial for their metal roofing installation.

Customers are able to see detailed video instructions for each step of an installation, and being able to access this tool ahead of the installation or at the job site provides an advantage.

Available now for its MasterRib product, Union plans to make this available for all of its roofing systems.

Access Rollforming Information, Pictures, Videos and More through App

Samco Machinery has developed a free application that will allow access to company rollforming information, pictures, videos and technical information.

Samco Machinery has developed a free application that will allow access to company rollforming information, pictures, videos and technical information.

Samco Machinery has developed a free application that will allow access to company information, pictures, videos and technical information. Once the Samco App is downloaded, it can be accessed at any time, without the need for online access. The app, currently available in the iTunes store, contains five sections—About Samco Machinery, Markets, RFQ, Support, News—to provide any data a potential customer may need.

Asphalt-based Low-slope Roof Systems Provide Long-term Service Life

Asphalt-based roof systems have a long-standing track record of success in the roofing industry. In fact, asphalt-based roof systems have more than a century of use in the U.S. Building owners, roofing specifiers and contractors should not lose sight of this fact. It is important to understand why asphalt roofing has been successful for so long. Asphalt roofs demonstrate characteristics, such as durability and longevity of materials and components, redundancy of waterproofing, ease and understanding of installation, excellent tensile strength and impact resistance. Each of these characteristics helps ensure long-term performance.

Using a composite built-up/ modified bitumen roof system provides redundancy helping ensure durability and longevity. Surface reflectivity and a multilayer insulation layer provide excellent thermal resistance. Quality details and regular maintenance will provide long-term performance. PHOTO: Advanced Roofing

Using a composite built-up/
modified bitumen roof system provides redundancy helping ensure durability and longevity. Surface reflectivity and a multilayer insulation layer provide excellent thermal resistance. Quality details
and regular maintenance will provide long-term performance. PHOTO: Advanced Roofing

There are two types of asphalt-based low-slope roof systems: modified bitumen (MB) roof systems and builtup roof (BUR) systems. MB sheets are composed primarily of polymer-modified bitumen reinforced with one or more plies of fabric, such as polyester, glass fiber or a combination of both. Assembled in factories using optimal quality-control standards, modified bitumen sheets are manufactured to have uniform thickness and consistent physical properties throughout the sheet. Modified bitumen roof systems are further divided into atactic polypropylene (APP) and styrene butadiene styrene (SBS) modified systems. APP and SBS modifiers create a uniform matrix that enhances the physical properties of the asphalt. APP is a thermoplastic polymer that forms a uniform matrix within the bitumen. This matrix increases the bitumen’s resistance to ultraviolet light, its flexibility at high and low temperatures, and its ability to resist water penetration. SBS membranes resist water penetration while exhibiting excellent elongation and recovery properties over a wide range of temperature extremes. This high-performance benefit makes SBS membranes durable and particularly appropriate where there may be movement or deflection of the underlying deck.

BUR systems consist of multiple layers of bitumen alternated with ply sheets (felts) applied over the roof deck, vapor retarder, and most often insulation or coverboard. BUR systems are particularly advantageous for lowslope applications. The strength of the system comes from the membrane, which includes the layers of hot-applied bitumen and the reinforcing plies of roofing felt.

FACTORS FOR LONG-TERM PERFORMANCE AND SERVICE LIFE

It is important for building owners and roof system designers to recognize the principles of long-lasting, high-performance roof systems. Roof longevity and performance are determined by factors that include building and roof system design, job specifications, materials quality and suitability, application procedures and maintenance. The level of quality in the workmanship during the application process is critical.

Longevity and performance start with proper design of the asphalt-based roof system. Proper roof system design includes several components: the roof deck, a base layer supporting a vapor retarder or air barrier when necessary, multi-layer insulation and a coverboard, the asphaltic membrane, appropriate surfacing material or coating, and the attachment methods for all layers. Roof consultants, architects and roof manufacturers understand proper design. Roof design needs to follow applicable code requirements for wind, fire and impact resistance, as well as site-specific issues, such as enhanced wind resistance design, positive drainage and rooftop traffic protection. Roof designers can provide or assist with the development of written specifications and construction details that are specific to a roofing project for new construction or reroofing.

Low-slope asphalt-based roof systems are redundant; they are multi-layered systems. BUR systems include a base sheet, three or four reinforcing ply sheets and a surfacing, either aggregate (rock) or a cap sheet. MB sheets include one and sometimes two reinforcing layers and are commonly installed over a substantial asphaltic base sheet. Modified bitumen roofs can be granule surfaced, finished with reflective options or coated after installation. Aggregate, granules, films and coatings add UV protection, assist with fire resistance, provide durability to the roof system and can improve roof aesthetics.

An asphaltic cap sheet with a factory-applied reflective roof coating is installed over three glass-fiber ply sheets and a venting base sheet. The reflective coating reduces heat gain, and insulating concrete provides a stable substrate and high R-value. PHOTO: Aerial Photography Inc.

An asphaltic cap sheet with a factory-applied reflective roof coating is installed over three glass-fiber ply sheets and a venting base sheet. The reflective coating reduces heat gain, and insulating concrete provides a stable substrate and high R-value. PHOTO: Aerial Photography Inc.

Coverboards provide a durable layer immediately below the membrane, are resistant to foot traffic and separate the membrane from the thermal insulation layer. Protecting the thermal insulation helps maintain the insulation R-value as specified and installed.

Asphalt is a durable and long-lasting material for roof membranes and flashings. Asphalt is stable under significant temperature swings and can be highly impact resistant. Various reinforcements can be used to increase an asphaltic membrane’s durability. All asphaltic membranes are reinforced, during installation (BUR) or the manufacturing process (MB membranes). Polyester reinforcement has excellent elongation, tensile strength and recovery. It provides good puncture resistance and stands up well to foot traffic. Glass fiber reinforcement resists flame penetration and provides excellent tensile strength and dimensional stability.

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App Allows Owners to Visualize Metal Roof Before Investment

The Drexel Metals App provides those selecting a Drexel Metals roof the ability to see what their property will look like prior to making the investment in the company’s metal roof system.

The Drexel Metals App provides those selecting a Drexel Metals roof the ability to see what their property will look like prior to making the investment in the company’s metal roof system.

The Drexel Metals App, available in the iTunes Store, provides those selecting a Drexel Metals roof the ability to see what their property will look like prior to making the investment in the company’s metal roof system. The iPad App is interactive and user friendly and designed to help roofing contractors sell product. For more information, go to iTunes and search Drexel Metals.

Roofing Simulator Makes Measuring and Visualizing Easier

iRoofing introduces its roofing and siding simulator.

iRoofing introduces its roofing and siding simulator.

iRoofing introduces its roofing and siding simulator. It enables the user to view different materials on the same roof and change the house completely by changing the roof and siding materials on the same photo.

Simulator improvements:

  • Make photos more realistic—perspective has been added to accommodate for pitch and shade.
  • Easily visualize wall finishes and siding by subtracting window and door areas.
  • Present clients with different materials on the same photo, and change the house completely by changing the roof and siding materials.
  • Create customizable material palette and save material lists for future reference.
  • Save simulator drawings to a customer database so you can always return and make changes.