Unirac debuts three new apps for solar installers as part of its Digital Advantage initiative

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Unirac has unveiled three new mobile applications that are anticipated to make work a little easier for solar installers, contractors and project engineers who do business with the company. As part of their Digital Advantage initiative, Unirac is offering its U-Clinometer, Unirac Quick Response (QR) Reader and Unirac Mobil 2.0 apps for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

“The maturation of the solar industry is leading to an increasing demand among our customers for new digital tools to support a faster and easier installation process of our solar racking systems,” said Doug May, president and CEO of Unirac. “We’re always on the lookout for ways to leverage new tech in our support tools. With a smartphone in the pocket of about 80% of the US population, it’s good sense to offer a mobile website, QR codes and an inclinometer app. As evidence, we’ve seen an average of 100 downloads a day since our digital advantage apps went live last week.”

With the U-Clinometer app, which was designed specifically for the PV racking industry, solar and roofing contractors are said to be able to verify array angles and roof pitch. Unirac advised that two digital readouts allow the user to determine the angle when installing the device on edge and, when the mobile device is laid flat, the app displays the pitch. The U-Clinometer app is available through the iTunes App Store free of charge with plans to offer the app for additional smartphones and mobile devices later this year.

“The U-Clinometer and the mobile website are both great time-savers and as the saying goes, time is money,” said Bruce Bosworth, owner of San Diego Solar Install. “When the team is on a roof, it’s extremely convenient to be able to download installation information and check tilt and pitch without having to descend to take measurements. Mobility tools like these help us increase the installation rate and reduce project cycle times.”

Also available at the iTunes App Store is Unirac’s QR Code Reader. When used, the app is supposed to allow the user to point the camera on their device at the QR barcode, click the scan option and be shown information such as sales incentives, installation guidelines, blueprints and other support documents for Unirac products.

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