Milwaukee Tool is the first tool manufacturer to fully harness the capabilities of their power tools with the introduction of ONE-KEY™. Don’t let the brute power and loud sound mask the fact that contractor grade power tools are high-tech gadgets dressed in a rugged cover. The sophisticated brushless motors, LED lighting, electronic controlled variable speed, and powerful lithium-ion batteries, all indicate a future-forward device that is capable of displaying, logging, and connecting in ways we are just now realizing.
We got a quick peek at ONE-KEY™ at the new tool symposium in Milwaukee this summer and can finally share the news.
ONE-KEY™ is the first digital platform for tools and equipment. By integrating industry-leading tool electronics with a custom-built cloud based program, ONE-KEY™ will provide a new level of control and access to information that will revolutionize the way work gets done. This will fundamentally change the way users interact with their tools, and help solve user problems and frustrations the industry has never before been able to address.
“The first phase of ONE-KEY™ will deliver 3 core benefits that will have an immediate impact on productivity: tool control, inventory management and tool reporting,” says Christian Coulis, Vice President of Product Management for Milwaukee Tool. “The possibilities that ONE-KEY™ brings to the job-site are endless, and these benefits are not the end result, but just the beginning! The capabilities of the program will continue to grow and evolve, and for the first time, we will be able to deliver more and more features to our product even after it is purchased.”
Coming in September 2015, Inventory Management will be the first component available through the web and mobile app, creating a central place for users to manage all of their tools and equipment across their network of jobs and operators. This free-to-use platform allows companies to keep detailed records of each tool, even non-Milwaukee brands, so they can easily build a budget and manage their annual spend on equipment. Managers are also able to assign locations or specific owners to each asset, providing accountability, and enabling easy information-sharing between the field and back-office. As a cloud based solution, updates and edits will be synchronized real-time throughout all levels of an organization.
In October 2015, Tool Reporting will be added to the ONE-KEY™ platform with the launch of M18™ FORCE LOGIC™ 6T Utility Crimpers. With the ability to wirelessly synchronize with the web based program, the user will be able to upload data and history to create custom reports that track the success and timing of electrical terminations. Furthermore, the ONE-KEY™ program will assist in tracking the utilization and service intervals of the tool to maximize uptime and keep inventory lean.
The corner stone of the ONE-KEY™ platform, Tool Control, will be added in January 2016 with the introduction of new M18 FUEL™ Drilling and Driving products that will sync wirelessly to the ONE-KEY™ application. The ONE-KEY™ app will allow users to use pre-determined set-ups for specific fasteners and materials, or completely customize their own profile with torque and speed settings for the application at hand. With a touch of the button on the tool, users will be able to easily go back and forth between these saved profiles so that each application is done with the most accurate and productive settings.
“If you think about the number of fasteners that require different speeds and torques, or the amount of repetitive applications that our users experience on a daily basis, there are hundreds of different tool profiles and setups that can be implemented,” says Coulis. “Tool Control will give users infinite customization capabilities for various applications, allowing them to make small tweaks that make a huge difference.”
Available for initial download in September 2015, ONE-KEY™ will be accessible by computer from our website at www.milwaukeetool.com/ONE-KEY, or by a mobile app interface on compatible Android and iOS smartphones.