Thanks to technology, your misplaced items are getting easier and easier to find. For those of you who are constantly misplacing your keys and phone, you can get sensors to help you locate them. Even though GPS and sensor technology has been used for tracking items for years, if you lost one of your tools on a job site or around the house, you were stuck scouring the earth to find it. Milwaukee Tool is hoping to make your life just a little bit easier with the latest addition to their quickly growing tool platform, Milwaukee One-Key: tool tracking.
To use tool tracking, you first have to get up to speed on One-Key. We’ve written about the app several times in the past, including this overview of its functions, how to use the inventory management option, and information regarding customizable power tool settings. In short, Milwaukee One-Key is a totally comprehensive and one-of-a-kind platform for your tools, so it’s definitely worth checking out, especially since it’s FREE.
There are 3 key aspects to Milwaukee’s Integrated Tool Tracking: Tool Identification, Last Known Location, and Found Tool Alerting.
When using any One-Key enabled tools, the application allows you to track and locate any tools that are within 100 feet of your smartphone. The best part about this is that the battery doesn’t even need to be charged or even connected to the tool to work. The technology is built directly into the tool, which is pretty genius.
Last Known Location
Chances are, you don’t just work on one job site all the time and sometimes it’s tough to remember where all your tools are. With One-Key, you can find out where you were the last time you were within 100 feet of your tools. As anybody that consistently loses things knows, starting in the last known location is a great place to start.
Found Tool Alerting
Last but certainly not least, found tool alerting may be the best feature of tool tracking. If you have a tool that is lost or stolen, you can opt-in to this service and when anybody who has One-Key enabled on their phone comes within 100 feet of your tool, you’ll receive an alert. This is a pretty powerful reason for thieves to avoid taking tools from your job site and can greatly reduce your company’s overhead.
Which tools are One-Key enabled?
Currently, only a few of MIlwaukee's Tools are One-Key enabled, but they've been busy adding plenty more to their arsenal. Below are the ones you can buy now and the links will take you to Amazon in case you want to grab one:
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For decades and decades, construction and technology didn’t mix. In recent years, companies have been flocking to the underutilized construction industry to try and offer the newest solutions. When we talk about technology, we’re not just talking about computer work, there are tons of new products out there that are challenging the way our industry thinks and acts.
Many of the items on our 2016 technology list are still very much conceptual and will undergo plenty of testing over the next few years, but that’s one of the beauties of technological advances: many are extremely forward thinking.
Until recently, I had no idea that Nike even made field boots, especially ones that could be used on a construction site. The men's Special Field boot is designed by Nike for first responders, military, rescue, and law enforcement, but if you ask me, it would be perfect for the jobsite. Some of the key features of this boot are its lightweight design, flexibility, and breathable materials.
You did it again...you waited too long to start Christmas shopping. Have no fear, Construction Junkie's got you covered with more great gift ideas for the hard working person in your life. Better yet, if you're in the construction industry yourself, here's some gear you could use no matter what time of year!
Once again technology has made our old proverbs obsolete, take the old “square peg/round hole” saying, for instance… I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere, but I can't find it. Currently your choices for hole saws and drill bits are round and more round, so those pesky square holes that need cut for electrical boxes require a jab saw or a router. It’s not terribly difficult to cut square holes using those methods, but, one company has taken it upon themselves to make the process much quicker.
Now that we've got Halloween out of the way, it's time to start eating some turkey and buying gifts for your favorite people. Historically, construction professionals can be difficult to buy for, so we've compiled a list of products that we think would be home runs for that special person on your list or even help you decide what you'd like to ask for. We've got hands-on experience with many of these products and we like some so much that they also showed up on our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! The list is broken up into four categories: stocking stuffers (small and inexpensive), apparel, tools, and kids.
SKILSAW, the brand name synonymous with wood cutting circular saws, is branching into new territory and it has concrete shaking in its boots. In the past, the user of a concrete saw would be responsible for finding third party attachments in order to make accurate concrete cuts, but SKILSAW’s new tool has several important features already incorporated, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars and tons of time.
One thing’s for sure about Milwaukee Tool, they aren’t satisfied with putting the same tools out year after year. They’re constantly improving age old classics and leading in the innovation of new tool solutions. Their latest announcement is a variation on their extremely popular line of M18 tools.
Even though self-driving vehicles are just that, self-driving, they’ve always still had a seat for a driver and a steering wheel. Perhaps that means that designers were afraid that their technology wouldn’t work correctly. Or maybe, customers weren’t fully committed to only being able to use them as a self-driving vehicle. Well, it seems as if Komatsu isn’t worried about either of those things anymore, as they’ve officially unveiled their newest autonomous (self-driving) haulage vehicle this week at MINExpo, which was held in Las Vegas from September 26-28, 2016.
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