ESC

EqMARS

4.5 / 5 3 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Departments that manage inventory of equipment: IT Department; Media Services dept within a university, college, or school system; Testing / Inspection / diagnosis lab; TV Station; Rental Compnany.


Average Ratings

3 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $525.00/year
  • Pricing Details
    We also have multi-year and perpetual pricing.
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • ESC
  • www.eqmars.com
  • Founded 2002
  • United States

About EqMARS

EqMARS (E-Q-Mars) is a user-friendly, intuitive, and secure web-based multi-user application designed to help companies and educational institutions efficiently manage Asset Inventory including maintenance and disposal, and manage assets loans / rentals. You don't have to keep track of anything on paper; EqMARS sends email reminders, logs all transactions, and generates reports. Furthermore, equipment loans can be bundled into Kits. To meet your specific needs, we can customize.


EqMARS Features

  • Barcode Generation
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Custom Labels
  • Inventory Management
  • Label Templates
  • Receiving Labels
  • RFID
  • Serial Number Tracking
  • Shipping Labels
  • Customer Database
  • Dispatch Management
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Inventory Control
  • Job Management
  • Maintenance Scheduling
  • Warranty Tracking
  • Work Order Management
  • Allocation
  • Barcoding
  • Cost Tracking
  • Forecasting
  • Item Management
  • Order Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Reorder Management
  • Serial Number Tracking
  • SKU / UPC Codes
  • Supplier Management
  • Barcoding / RFID
  • Cost Tracking
  • Custom Pricing Models
  • Inventory Forecasting
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Inventory Overview
  • Kitting
  • Multi-Location
  • Order Entry
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Reorder Management
  • Search / Filter
  • Serialized Inventory Tracking
  • Shipping Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Traceability
  • Transfer Management
  • Warehouse Management

EqMARS Reviews

Wonderful Service!

Feb 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: EQMars has helped our organization countless times with inventory tracking and asset management. The biggest selling factor, however, has always been the wonderful customer service provided by the EQMars team. Whenever we are having an issue, whether it be something on our end or an internal bug, Sam is quick to provide support in a timely, yet thorough way.

Vendor Response

by ESC on February 04, 2015

Thank you for using EqMARS. We pride ourselves with excellent customer service, and strive to add features that help you, and improve performance.

Excellent software and company

Dec 17, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: My department is responsible for loaning media equipment to students, staff, and faculty. Previously, we had a MS Access database that was developed over 12 years ago and had many features, but was not fulfilling our needs anymore. When we compared several solutions, we found that EqMARS had what we needed, supported multi-user, and was priced more reasonably than other packages in the market.

We sent the Access database to ESC. They were able to extract all the tables and import them to EqMARS - that included the inventory data (with existing barcodes) and buildings, which we have several of. We were able to add more items and edit existing items. ESC staff found inconsistencies in our data and helped us make necessary corrections.

We manage over 3,500 pieces of equipment for 900+ users, and 4 administrators. As you can imagine, there is student turnover from semester to semester. We sent a list of current students to ESC and they refreshed the borrower list. This could be improved by allowing the administrator to import directly from Excel, but will need some checks and balances to ensure all inactivated users don¿t have any items checked out to them.

When the administrator logs in, the home screen shows which items he/she need to pull from the equipment room that day so the students can pick them up. One of the features we appreciate is the reminders before the item is to be picked up and close to its due date, and when it is past-due. This reduces our administrators¿ overhead chasing items and making calls. EqMARS sends reminders for approaching maintenance which helps prevent breakdowns and repair cost, there are also reminders for disposal which eliminates outdated equipment and helps remove them from the books. Another feature that we really like is the ability to control ¿high-end items¿ by enabling me ¿as a manager¿ to approve those items after deciding whether they are really needed. That enables us to greatly reduce damage and theft of expensive items such as cameras and lighting.

Overall, EqMARS has all the functionality we need, intuitive to use, and the menus, screens, & colors are well designed. More importantly, it gave us a piece of mind knowing the data is available accurately, we can produce reports of all data and transactions, and that ESC stands behind their product and always there to help us. This was definitely a good investment.

Vendor Response

by ESC on January 09, 2015

Thank you for using EqMARS and your business.

Superior inventory management tool for university applications

Aug 13, 2013
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I was responsible for the initial set up and implementation of EqMARS for Washington and Lee University's photography program. We sent an initial spreadsheet inventory list to EqMARS and they built our inventory based upon provided parameters that met our needs. Once we were given access to the database, we were able to verify equipment, add various data points such as specific model information, serial numbers and equipment condition. After the database was complete, which was a tedious but necessary step, we were able to print barcodes that automated our check out process, allowing for a more accurate, current and reliable inventory.
While the product is fairly straightforward and intuitive, its greatest asset is the incredible customer support. As with any new program, the longer you use it, the more you see slight deficiencies or awkward steps for your specific application that could be minimized. I was able to contact the company at any time, explain my situation and receive a phone call and a solution promptly. I felt they were working on my behalf to ensure I had the best experience possible with their product.
As mentioned, the program itself is easy to understand and easy to use. Our needs at the University were not broad and the inventory was not vast, but I could see the program working equally on a small or a large scale. One of the finer features was being able to establish an authorized user list for students. They could access the user's version of the database and select the item they wished to check out. When I logged in, I knew immediately which items I needed to pull from the Equipment Room to facilitate faster check out for the students. With the user list, each checked out item was logged under a specific user, providing tracking for each piece of equipment should it not be returned on time. The ability to select a return due date for each piece of equipment was a great time saver as the system generated reminder emails for the specific user, reminding students about their equipment return dates.
The program is not sleek looking, but aesthetics mean little when the program is doing the job you expect it to do. This was definitely a very wise investment by the university to overhaul an outdated, cumbersome paper inventory method that was inaccurate and hard to manage.