Almost two years after they announced the release of their Bluetooth Battery that allowed owners to remotely monitor battery life and even disable the battery if it’s stolen, DeWalt is set to release a massive upgrade to their connected tool platform.
The DeWalt Tool Connect smartphone application was also released in conjunction with the Bluetooth battery, but has been upgraded to the Tool Connect Inventory Management System. The system encompasses 3 solutions: the Inventory Manager web portal, an updated Tool Connect mobile app, and connected products, such as the new Tag, tools, connector, and batteries.
Tools are a large expense for any construction company, so it’s important to track and manage your inventory. Inventory Manager is a web based portal that will allow users to track the last seen locations of the tools in the system, as well as what individual was last in charge of the tool. Multiple Tool Connect apps can be connected to the Inventory Manager, so much of the data will be updated automatically.
The Tool Connect Inventory Manager will be available in summer 2017.
Tool Connect Tag, Connector, and Batteries
DeWalt will be offering three different connected products that will effectively “upgrade” any non-connected tool or piece of equipment to a smart, trackable device.
Much like Milwaukee Tool’s TICK tool and equipment tracker, the DeWalt Tag can attach to any piece of equipment or tool using glue, screws, or rivets and can locate a tool within 100 feet of your Bluetooth enabled device through the Tool Connect app. The Tag’s battery can last up to 3 years and the device itself is dust-proof and water-resistant, which is obviously important on any job site.
There are couple things that differentiate the Tag from Milwaukee’s TICK though. The DeWalt Tag has a large button in the center of it, which allows it to connect to a tool, whereas the cover and battery have to be removed to do the same on Milwaukee’s version. The Tag also includes blue LEDs that allow the user to easily locate which tag is being accessed on the phone app.
The Tag (DCE041) will be available in summer 2017 in a single pack ($29), a 4-pack ($79), a 10-pack ($250), and a 25-pack ($500).
For most non-connected tools, there won’t be a great place to install a Tag in order to keep track of its whereabouts. For this purpose, DeWalt will be releasing a connector accessory which permanently attaches to any DeWalt 20V MAX tool between the battery and the tool itself. With it connected, users will be able to disable their tool if it’s lost or stolen using the app. The 4.1 ounce adapter also charges itself when batteries are connected to the tool.
The DeWalt Tool Connect Connector (DCE040) will retail for $39 and also be available in summer 2017.
The Bluetooth Battery is available now and is compatible with 20V MAX tools. For more information, visit our previous post about it by clicking here.
DeWalt has announced an initial line of Tool Connect enabled tools that will connect to the app without the need for additional adapters. Currently, the DeWalt DCL070 20V MAX Bluetooth LED Area Light is the only connected tool available to purchase ($379 on Amazon). When connected to the app, the light’s power, brightness, and schedule can be adjusted from your phone.
5 other tools, in addition to the light, will also be released in the coming months. Those tools include a 20V MAX VR Tool Connect Compact Hammerdrill (DCD797), Compact Drill/Driver (DCD792, Impact Driver (DCF888), Hammerdrill (DCD997), and a Bluetooth Enabled 100 Foot Laser Distance Measure TLM995 (DW099S).
Much like the Milwaukee tools equipped with ONE-KEY, Tool Connect tools will not only be able to be tracked and disabled, but tool settings also be able to be adjusted using your phone. Tool Connect enabled tools will also be able to track specific tool diagnostics, like number of trigger pulls, duration of tool use, and temperature. The Hammerdrill will come equipped with Bind-Up Control, which is a DeWalt exclusive. The Impact Driver will include PrecisionDrive, which stalls the impact driver for one second before impacting.
The Bluetooth Enabled Laser Distance Measure will connect to the app in order to store recent measurements and allow markup of pictures. It will also be able to calculate area and volume, as well as perform addition and subtraction.
As more tool manufacturers continue to jump on the smart tool train, it’s becoming more likely that we’ll continue to see the technology develop, at least for the premium brands. Data and security is increasingly important to business owners and the Internet of Things is bringing data to places it’s never been available before.
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I’ve written about Hand Tool Rescue’s Youtube channel a couple times before and the reason I like it so much is that it’s not only entertaining and therapeutic to watch, it also informs me about tools I never even knew existed.
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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.