Double Your Fire Door Inspection & Repair Efficiency with Our Latest Double Door Update

Krinkle’s newest fire door update includes the ability to download and run reports online via any web browser. This web reporting feature rolls out on March 8th, 2021, at which time we will be transitioning all pc based reporting to this new web reporting system. Expect to hear from us later next week as we will be reaching out to Krinkle Fire Door® users and sending them their new web reporting login credentials. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

At Krinkle Apps, we are constantly working to create and update our intuitive and comprehensive mobile software to unlock the full potential of our clients’ business processes. Over the years of working with subject matter experts in the fire & life safety industry, we’ve come to understand the subtle nuances of our clients’ processes and how our software could service their needs better. As part of this continuous effort to improve our product offerings, we are excited to announce a variety of quality of life and ease of use improvements to our enterprise-class fire door (and damper) inspection and repair software, Krinkle Fire Door®. While Krinkle Fire Door® previously guided users through inspecting and repairing dampers, single doors and frames, Krinkle’s newest update includes guided processes and smart forms specifically built for guiding users through their double door and frame inspections and repairs.

The following features are included in the newest Krinkle Fire Door® update:

  • Each door within a double door has its own unique identifiers within the system, making it easier for inspectors to identify and specify which leaf within a double door has the deficiencies
  • The system now focuses the inspector on those aspects of the doors that can only be referenced as common to both leaves (like the gap between them)
  • The system now focuses the inspector on those aspects of the frame that relate to the individual leaves (like the doorstop attached to the frame for one specific leaf but not the other)
  • The system now focuses the inspector on aspects of the frame that are common to the entire frame

Along with the updates to the mobile app itself, Krinkle Fire Door®’s reports have also been updated to include this new level of precise detail in its double door reporting. This creates a clearer and more comprehensive view of work done on-site, as well as parts and repairs required, which your client will greatly appreciate. Finally, Krinkle’s newest fire door update also includes the ability to download and run reports online via any web browser. You can even run reports from your smartphone!

If you have any questions about Krinkle Fire Door®’s latest web reporting feature or are interested in learning more about our fire door inspection and repair software, check out the video below and click here to learn more.


Who's Using Krinkle?: Maverick Natural Resources: An Oil & Gas Company Trailblazing An In-House LDAR Program

Maverick Natural Resources is an independent Oil & Gas development and production company serving East Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Their Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Specialist, Kaleb Foster, is a hardworking innovator who was looking for an efficient way to ensure compliance with environmental regulations such as OOOOa.

In late 2019, Kaleb was looking into ways to improve Maverick Natural Resources’ environmental compliance programs. For environmental regulatory services like Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR), Maverick’s program had traditionally relied on hiring out to third-party environmental service companies to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. While this method was effective in ensuring environmental compliance, the solution presented a significant cost. Kaleb recalls this when he states, “We would hire out to third parties and that comes with a pretty substantial cost. You’re at the mercy of the contractor, they build the pricing model and tell you how much the service costs and you may not entirely understand what it is that you’re getting.” Additionally, Kaleb wanted to improve Maverick’s reporting capabilities, without losing track of steps in the LDAR process or slowing down inspectors, repairmen and verifiers. Kaleb touches on other areas of improvement in Maverick’s LDAR program when he recalls, “Doing LDAR Programs, with their inspections and reports, in a manual application was tedious and a nightmare really. Dealing with stacks of paper from contractors’ invoices and reports got to be unmanageable for a small company like ours.” In order to increase Maverick’s LDAR reporting capabilities while being as cost-effective as possible, Kaleb decided to bring the work traditionally hired out to third-party environmental service companies, in-house. However, Kaleb knew that taking on this work while still ensuring environmental compliance was going to be challenging. To accomplish this, Kaleb needed a solution with guided processes and reference documents built into the system to reduce the upfront regulatory knowledge required for his LDAR crews to be successful in their work. Kaleb also wanted a system that would automatically push the LDAR process forward, from inspections to repairs and then final verification, without losing any data or any steps in the process. After researching a number of different systems, Kaleb realized what he needed was Krinkle LDAR Tracker Pro.

Krinkle LDAR Tracker Pro enables seamless and automated OOOOa compliant work order sharing (we call it “Shared Work Orders”) between LDAR program managers, Infrared (OGI) camera inspectors (and verifiers) and repair techs. Even client executives who must decide how to handle leaks on “Delay of Repair” status are supported. This ensures that every required step of the OOOOa regulation (and even state regulations) becomes a simple, guided process for users. The end result is consistent workflow in the field for all users, assured compliance and a system that drives the process through to its full completion. Together, these features effectively addressed Kaleb’s software needs, leading Maverick Natural Resources to bring their LDAR work in-house, and deploy and adopt Krinkle LDAR Tracker Pro.

When considering what led him to choose Krinkle LDAR Tracker Pro over other software solutions, Kaleb had the following to say, “I felt like it was really intuitive and I liked that Krinkle was a guided process. It allows for an easy user experience and reduces the opportunity for errors. In this business, when you’re trying to be good stewards of the environment, there is no room for error.” Not only did Kaleb immediately see the improvements in reducing human error and the regulatory knowledge required for users to succeed in their work, Kaleb also found that Krinkle LDAR Tracker Pro had automated professional reporting that would ensure environmental compliance. Kaleb states, “There’s definitely a time-saving aspect to using [Krinkle LDAR Tracker Pro] versus a traditional paper report. When you’re out [in the field] using the app, you’re essentially done when you leave, whether you’re inspecting, repairing or verifying, you don’t have to go back to the office and crunch numbers or transfer info over to another piece of paper for reporting. It’s all done in real-time.” When asked about his experience training users and deploying the software, Kaleb stated the following, “It was an intuitive process. The support by Mobile Epiphany/Krinkle was very thorough. [They] helped each user understand the process, the app and how it functions…You could tell that they were clearly subject matter experts.”

Over the last year, Krinkle and Maverick Natural Resources have continued to advance their partnership and improve the mobile app and reporting system. When asked for his advice to companies facing similar challenges as Maverick, Kaleb had the following to say, “The benefit of using [software] versus using paper is substantial. You may be hesitant or reluctant to transition, but it will pay dividends in cost and time. At our company, we try and embrace technology, because it’s something that’s going to drive efficiency.” With the new, in-house LDAR program established, Maverick Natural Resources has been able to ensure compliance with state and federal environmental regulations while being as time and cost-efficient as possible.

Mobile Epiphany, and its Krinkle brand of mobile apps, enable businesses to create and/or adapt existing mobile solutions rapidly and cost-effectively. Contact us today to see how Mobile Epiphany can help solve your business challenges.


Who's Using Krinkle?: Victory Fire Door: An Industry Pioneer of Mobile Technology

Victory Fire Door is a fire door inspection and repair company serving hospitals, universities, government facilities and more around the Atlanta area and the American South. The founder of the company, Vickie Evans, is a dedicated leader who wears many hats within the organization, including being responsible for fire door inspections and repairs as well as managing the business as a whole. Vickie had tried other fire door inspection software she had found online, but they simply did not meet her standards for thoroughness in NFPA compliance, comprehensiveness in reporting and ease of use.

In 2019, Victory Fire Door was looking for solutions to better serve their clients in the Fire & Life Safety industry. The business was growing rapidly and increased efficiencies were greatly needed. As the owner, Vickie’s main priority has always been the safety of first responders and the occupants of the buildings she inspects for NFPA compliance. To be successful here, Vickie had goals for Victory Fire Door to improve the thoroughness of collecting data on fire door and damper inspections and repairs and to increase her clients’ visibility of this data through professional and easy-to-read reports. Vickie had experience using pen and paper as well as other mobile applications in the market to record and report on Victory Fire Door's fire door inspections and repairs in the past. However, she had seen first-hand the shortcomings of these "solutions". Vickie recalls,

“One of the first inspections we did with the software I tried, we did on pen and paper anyway. It made no sense. I had 3 people inspecting, but only one person could be using our current software at a time, in the same building. So we did about 200 doors, and it was a nightmare.”

Vickie goes on to describe the additional steps in her previous fire door/damper repair process. This process had previously required her to manually create spreadsheets for her technicians, who would then need to record their repair efforts by hand. While Victory Fire Door had previously supplied their clients with good reporting details about these repair efforts, Vickie wanted true proof of work in her reporting that would be highly visible and ironclad. Vickie’s industry expertise and her dedication to constantly improve the quality of service provided to her clients and community led her to keep looking for new technology to pioneer in the form of mobile software with comprehensive reporting. She eventually found it in Krinkle Fire Door®.

 

Vickie began researching and testing a wide variety of mobile software solutions but was having trouble finding a system that would not only thoroughly address the needs of her business and her clients’ businesses but also her internal tracking needs. Every application she found only addressed inspections and even those were not comprehensive from an NFPA perspective. Additionally, none of them managed the downstream business requirements after inspection, such as automatic repair estimates, parts preparation for the upcoming repairs, tracking proof of repairs and other unique capabilities her growing business could leverage. While conducting this research, Vickie noted, “The software for fire door inspections and repairs is very unique. And so is the process of inspecting and repairing dampers. Our business manages both and we needed software that could manage the unique aspects of both. Because we do repairs on both doors and dampers, I needed a system that would integrate my repairs into the inspection system and automatically update as we went.” Some of the solutions Vickie researched handled door inspections but not repairs. Some solutions allowed users to capture data on doors, but not dampers. Other systems could automate reporting, but none of the reports provided were thorough enough or organized enough, to meet the high-quality standards Vickie sets for herself and Victory Fire Door. Vickie states,

“Other software we looked into had inflexible reporting features that didn’t give you access to the backend system. Meaning we had to go through our software provider to generate reports which could take a week to ten days. Customers just didn’t like that. We needed a system with lots of professional reports that covered all aspects of the process, and we needed them right out-of-the-box.”

What Vickie was also looking for was speed without compromising detail. She needed a system that allowed her to capture high-quality data without slowing down her inspectors and repair people. Vickie needed a system that could automate reporting, but in a professional manner that would clearly and thoroughly layout the work completed, and ensure her clients were compliant and protected in the case of a government audit. Finally, she needed all of this to be done in a manner that was as cost-effective and easy to adopt and deploy as possible. What Vickie needed, was Krinkle Fire Door®.

 

Krinkle Fire Door® is an innovative software application that guides fire door and damper technicians to easily adhere to NFPA standards, speed up work, and automate fire door and damper inspection/repair reporting. The system tracks customers, buildings, fire doors (single and double), fire door frames, and fire dampers, as well as all associated inspections. An additional module even tracks the repair process associated with deficiencies found in the inspections, including parts and labor costing. The mobile app comes with all the reports needed to thoroughly prove NFPA compliance. The professional reports layout the inspection data for every asset inspected as well as the repair data if the repair module is used. Reports even automatically match the deficiencies recorded to their specific NFPA codes and lay them out for clients in an organized and easy-to-read manner. Together, these features effectively addressed Vickie’s software needs, leading Victory Fire Door to deploy and adopt Krinkle Fire Door®.

Vickie states, “Adjusting our process to Krinkle wasn’t difficult at all… It was simple to learn and welcomed by my workers… The trainer was very patient and answered all of my questions.” Shortly after receiving training and deploying the mobile app, Vickie soon began seeing results.

From a day-to-day standpoint [Krinkle] probably saved us about 20 hours of paperwork per ~200 doors inspected. And that was just the tip of the iceberg as far as efficiency and thoroughness were concerned. Now everything falls under the Krinkle umbrella… Basically, it took about 4-5 steps we previously had to do and automated them for us. It’s saved us time and reduced human error.”

Not only did Krinkle Fire Door® help Vickie improve the quality of data her users were collecting, but it also made the data more visible to her clients. “[Krinkle Fire Door®] has really improved our ability to share with the customer the repairs that we’ve made and what is still non-compliant on their doors (if anything). Krinkle addressed the repair needs that I had; it allowed me to show my repairs and the work we had done in color-coded, easy-to-read reports that the customer could understand.”

Over the last year, Krinkle and Victory Fire Door have continued to advance their partnership and improve the mobile app and reporting system. When asked for her experience working with Krinkle’s other departments, Vickie had the following to say: “In regards to support after the fact, I just recently submitted a support ticket…and [customer support] addressed and fixed the issue within the day. Customer support has been very responsive to the needs that I have, which is awesome because most of the time customers aren’t willing to wait a couple of days for the turnaround. They want it done instantaneously. All of the departments I have worked with within Mobile Epiphany have been very gracious and helpful.”

Mobile Epiphany, and its Krinkle brand of mobile apps, enable businesses to create and/or adapt existing mobile solutions rapidly and cost-effectively. Contact us today to see how Mobile Epiphany can help solve your business challenges.