Digital transformation in construction

Enabling customers to harness the power of technology-driven data to help make more informed decisions

The Internet of Things (IoT) enables contractors to link physical things, such as equipment, fasteners or PPE, with digital information and processes. 
By equipping these physical things with sensors and connectivity, data can be automatically captured in the field and fed to software that helps companies not only take immediate action, but also helps predict future events and better document past activities. 
Hilti continues to develop technologies required to successfully implement IoT at a size, cost and level of reliability that makes it a viable proposition for the construction industry. Our current solutions include smart tools, smart sensors, and equipment management software to help improve the safety and productivity of our customers.

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IOT at Hilti

ON!Track for tool tracking and asset management

ON!Track tool tracking and asset management

ON!Track gives you visibility into who has your company's tools and other assets, where they are located, and tracks as they are moved between warehouses and jobsites.

It also enables you to manage repairs and inspections, set reminders for maintenance, and verify proper training/certifications before assigning tools and other assets.

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IoT generation change

Hilti Connect

Hilti Connect is an app that allows you to do the following on the jobsite and in the office:

  • Identify tools - Digitally connect to your Hilti tools including NFC and Bluetooth
  • View tool information and repair history - access valuable information about your Hilti tools
  • Submit tools for repair - seamlessly process repairs for your tools right from your smartphone
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DX 5 smart tool

Smart Tools

Smarter tools are now able to track when they are due for maintenance or require a full repair. The tools can indicate this to the operator or the jobsite manager.

These smart tools can also guide the user in performing simple maintenance right on the jobsite or can help interactively with troubleshooting.

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HDA traceable fasteners

Traceable Fasteners

Using a unique ID printed on every fastener, helping verify design compliance is as quick as taking a photo with your smartphone. Hilti's tracefast technology offers reliable identification. The unique ID on every fastener makes the fastener traceable back to its origin: it contains the item number, batch number and a serial number. 

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Hilti acquires Concrete Sensors

Concrete Sensors

A sensor embedded into concrete works with the easy-to-use software to provide real-time data on the concrete as it cures and dries. The mobile app can quickly share the status of the concrete’s estimated strength, temperature and relative humidity. With a state-of-the-art in-house lab, the exact concrete mix can be more accurately tested enabling construction managers to make faster and more thorough decisions regardless of climates.

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Jaibot

A drilling technology that helps adds safety, speed and accuracy to your construction workflow, the Jaibot takes overhead installation work to the next level. The Jaibot helps convert a challenging, time consuming task into one that carries minimal risk and error. Relieved of strenuous, repetitive tasks like overhead drilling, your workforce can focus on the set-up and operation of our new construction robot. 

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People make the difference in the digital transformation

Technology is only part of the solution. Equally important is the ability to successfully implement the technology and drive change management within the organization. At Hilti we strive to make a difference by helping our customers around the globe to adopt these new digital solutions. We understand that digital transformation requires organizational change management and a focus on people. That’s why we offer implementation, training and support services on site for our customers and their teams.

How does the Internet of Things bring productivity to construction?

Compared with many other sectors, the productivity gains in construction have been modest over the last decades. Scattered jobsite locations, information gaps – between the office and jobsites or between the design and construction phases – and complex collaboration among different trades in the field have always been challenges for the construction industry. IoT holds the promise to overcome many of the associated problems.

We have a long tradition of developing solutions to help companies in the construction industry improve their productivity and their tool management. Our innovations have always been fueled by our deep understanding of our customers' challenges and needs, which is enabled by over 200,000 daily customer interactions. It is therefore only natural that we are able to drive innovation with IoT.

In the application of IoT technology alongside tailor-made implementation and support services, we see a golden opportunity for the construction industry to enter a new era of increased productivity on the jobsite, in the warehouse and in the back office. That could mean helping you to automate the management of your tools and assets, collecting data from your tools and other non-Hilti assets to increase the utilization of tool and asset parks and to make more informed decisions.

Other opportunities involve optimizing preventative maintenance and helping you to intelligently adapt your tools to specific jobsite applications. It is also possible to combine tool usage data with other data sources to measure and improve the productivity of entire workflows.

The potential for productivity gains that IoT could help to unlock in the construction industry is huge. In an industry with increasing cost pressures, early adopters will gain significant competitive advantage over those that follow. Beyond productivity, IoT can also help to increase safety in the field and to manage risks and regulation related to health and safety.

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