Discover how QR codes can be used in facility management and the main advantages for your company!

QR code is one of the resources that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Its convenience and simplicity have contributed to its adoption by different sectors, and the asset maintenance sector is no exception.

QR code was created in 1994 by Masahiro Hara, an engineer at the Manufacturing Engineering Division of Toyota, aiming to improve efficiency in industrial processes. Since its creation, QR code has become one of the main identification symbols for assets worldwide.

In this article, we intend to show how QR codes can be adopted in facility management, what are the main practical applications and advantages!

What is QR Code and How Does it Work?

QR code is a two-dimensional barcode that contains encoded information used to store data and perform tasks. The image can be read by a barcode scanning application or a digital camera.

Also known as a barcode, the information recorded in the QR code serves to register information that can be easily read to perform tasks, access systems and files quickly, increasing team and company efficiency.

How QR Code is Used in Facility Management

There are different ways to use QR code in asset management. Here are some of the main possibilities.

Quick Access to Equipment Information

Barcodes allow users to quickly access information about equipment, facilities, and services. This includes serial numbers, installation dates, manufacturers, models, etc.

Thus, maintenance and management become much easier, as just pointing the camera at the code will give access to the data and identify equipment details. All of this can be done with a maintenance application on a mobile phone, having all information at hand.

Access Control to Systems

In addition, barcodes can be used to access systems such as access control systems that manage people and vehicle access to a facility. This allows companies to control access to their facilities more efficiently.

This access control works by using a QR code as an access key. The QR code is generated by the access control system and sent to the user via the application or message. The user can then use the code to access the facility.

Opening Requests

Another possible application for QR code in facility management is opening requests. Through the code, employees can access a form to request repair services in the facility or equipment, such as preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance, parts requests, etc.

Access and Record of Service Orders

Codes can also be used to access and record service orders, which are necessary documents for carrying out maintenance tasks and for controlling costs related to asset maintenance. With the QR code reading, users can access and record this information quickly and easily.

Advantages of QR Code for Facility Management

The use of QR codes in facility management brings many advantages to companies. These codes:

  • significantly reduce task execution time, as data access is instantaneous;
  • increase the security of stored information, as they are encoded and cannot be easily changed;
  • are a tool that promotes greater mobility in team work;
  • reduce human errors, as information is read in an automated way;
  • provide greater agility in maintenance processes.

Manusis 4.0 is a solution that uses the reading of all types of labels – such as QR code, barcodes, and Datamatrix – to facilitate processes of opening requests, orders, indicator queries, histories, documents, and more. Additionally, the system generates QRCode labels for your assets and locations.

Want to learn more about functionalities? Request a demonstration of the Manusis 4.0 solution and see how it can help manage your facilities!