Browning’s Toolbox Technician mobile application introduced an asset management software feature for HVAC belt drive components at the 2014 AHR Expo.

Asset tracking via the app will allow multiple users, such as building owners and contractors, to access and share the information, eliminating the need to find paper notes or check rooftop units for logs stored there, company officials say.

“The Toolbox Technician app has been widely adopted since its introduction at the 2013 AHR show, and the addition of mobile asset tracking will be an industry first,” said Ian Rubin, director of marketing for Sealmaster, System Plast and Browning mounted bearings at Emerson’s power transmission solutions division.

During a survey on asset tracking methods at last year’s expo, many contractors said there were large gaps in their information because of the inconsistent way the data is captured, and because there is no centralized database for data storage, Rubin said.

“Many contractors are using mobile devices on the job site,” Rubin added. “Our survey indicates they are very receptive to the idea of asset tracking and push notifications as a way to stay on top of maintenance and ensure correct parts are available during service calls.”

The new asset management feature consists of scanning the 2-D barcode or inputting the number on the Browning belt drive kit label, providing customers with immediate access to product information without the need to log in.

Registered users can save the information to a personal library as a maintenance record, set push notifications for required system maintenance and add related components including bearings, filter and compressor. 

Browning’s belt drive kit manager will utilize existing Browning kit labels on many HVAC control panels. It will allow tracking assets, scheduling future maintenance and sharing information between mechanical contractors and building owners, company officials say.