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QR codes are nothing new to the construction industry. These square-shaped digital quick response (QR) codes are frequently used in BIM models to mark locations in buildings, providing easy access to anyone with a smartphone and an app.

[caption id="attachment_3046" align="alignnone" width="611"]2014-01-31 10.01.52 Using a smartphone to scan the QR code at the right on this product label from a Hilti anchor gives field employees immediate access to a mobile-friendly website with all the applicable data, specs, documents, and the ability to order more products or speak to a representative.[/caption]

Hilti, a global company from the tiny principality of Liechtenstein, has found a new use for QR codes: including a linked QR code on the packaging for their anchors and other products.

When users in the field scan the QR code with a smartphone or tablet, they get immediate access to a mobile-friendly website with every conceivable item of product-related data including technical specs,  technical data, building codes, product documents and certificate for the product. The QR code also gives field users the ability to order more product directly from their smartphone or request a callback to speak directly with a Hilti representative.

[caption id="attachment_3048" align="alignleft" width="620"]2014-01-31 15.00.15 This is a screen capture of the mobile-friendly website taken with a smartphone after scanning a QR code on the Hilti anchor packaging.[/caption]

While the use of QR codes in buildings are not new, it instantly puts field employees with all the information on any QR-labeled product at their fingertips.

For more information, from the U.S., call (800) 879-8000 or visit www.us.hilti.com; from Canada, call (800) 363-4458 or visit www.hilti.ca.

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