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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On August 18th, around 200 new tools were showcased at the annual DeWalt Media Event. This particular event was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where you can’t escape country music no matter how hard you try.
Below are what we thought were the highlights of the event. Let us know what new release you’re most excited about!
In June, Milwaukee Tool hosted its annual New Product Symposium, which gave members of the media a sneak peak of the new products the red tool manufacturer would release the rest of the year. One of the highlights for us in the M12/M18 category was the ultra-portable and convenient 7 ¼” Cordless Miter Saw.
I’ve recently been following a channel on Youtube called Hand Tool Rescue and it’s been fascinating to learn the history of antique hand and power tools. I didn’t realize how long ago many power tools – most of which we still use today – were created. It’s perhaps even more fascinating to watch a rusty old machine that hasn’t been used in decades be completely restored to working condition. His videos don’t have voice overs, so you have to pay close attention to his methods, but every step of the process is shown.
Many contractors and repair technicians live out of their truck and Milwaukee Tool knows this. That’s why they’ve just released an M12 and M18 battery charger that plugs into the c12V DC outlet in your truck or van! As added security, the charger will automatically shut down if it senses that your vehicle’s battery is getting too low. Smart and ultra-convenient.
We know a lot of you out there could use this charger, so we teamed up with Milwaukee to give YOU the chance to WIN one! There are 4 ways to enter below!
It’s pretty amazing all of the things that smartphones can do right now. While some wish phones would go back to “just making dang blasted phone calls, like the good ole days,” it’s clear that phone’s will always be more than that moving forward. Through apps and other attachments, phones can now turn into a thermal imagine camera, an x-ray vision scanner to see what’s behind walls, a laser measure, and now an augmented reality tape measure.
For many construction superintendents and project managers across the world, tablets are becoming one of the most important tools on the job site. They’re great for looking at plans, taking pictures, making notes, and running your favorite construction apps. Carrying a tablet does take up at least one of your hands, however, so it can be a hindrance if you need to help a co-worker lift material or climb a ladder.
In today’s race for most powerful cordless tools, it’s important to remember the humble beginnings of hand tools, especially those with mechanical parts. Much like cars of the early 20th century, mechanical and power tools were simple machines, as opposed to the heavily electronic tools that are becoming popular now. Easy to understand and easier to repair.
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Fiskars was first founded as a Finnish Ironworks company in 1649, making it one of the oldest companies I have heard of that is still going strong. Recently – relatively speaking - in 1967, Fiskars made a name for themselves with their orange handled scissors. Noted for their build quality, sharpness, and durability, these scissors quickly became an industry standard and a leader in the category. Since then, Fiskars has expanded into other areas of the home and outdoors. You may also recognize the name Gerber, as this is one of the brands Fiskars sells under.