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Milwaukee ONE-KEY Overview

ONE-Key Digital Jobsite

Milwaukee Tool’s new ONE-KEY system is the first digital platform for jobsite tools. Milwaukee is integrating tool electronics with a custom-built cloud based program.  The system, called ONE-KEY, will provide control and access to information of all tools made for this platform. ONE-Key will allow users to interact with their tools in new ways. The first phase of ONE-KEY will provide tool control, inventory management and tool reporting.

The Insider Preview

ONE-KEY Presentation 1You may have seen some images lately of a USB thumb drive shaped like a key and read little teasers of how Milwaukee is going to unlock the digital jobsite.  ONE-KEY was the big item Milwaukee rolled out to the media during their New Product Symposium this year.  This technology looks like it is going to be a game changer for users that rely on their tools to make a living. The time is finally here where we can discuss what ONE-KEY is and how it is going to change the future of tools.

The first phase of ONE-KEY will roll out slowly and have 3 main components; Inventory Management, Tool Reporting, and Tool Control.  Milwaukee Tool plans to add capabilities to the program and will continue to grow ONE-KEY.  This is the first time Milwaukee will be able to deliver more and more features to a product even after it is purchased.  Because of this, the benefits that are found on the job site will continue to grow as more features and applications are added to ONE-KEY.  Even though this is ONE-KEY’s initial roll out, the program behind this digital platform is massive and has been in the works for years.  The amount of features and options is mind blowing.

Inventory Management

Every business owner knows that a key to a successful business is keeping track of inventory and assets.  Starting September 2015, ONE-KEY will roll out with a free to use access, the inventory management section through web or through an app.  This is a helpful area to manage all tools and equipment across jobsites and operators. Here you will have the ability to keep detailed records on all tools, even non-Milwaukee brands, build budgets, and assign locations or specific owners to each asset.  This is a cloud based solution, so as long as you have internet in the field, updates will happen real-time.

Tool Reporting

Starting with the launch of M18 FORCE LOGIC 6T Utility Crimpers in October 2015, users will be able to access tool reporting.  One can wirelessly synchronize with the web based program, allowing users to upload data and history needed to create custom reports that track the success and timing of electrical terminations. This tracking will also help with necessary service intervals for tools to assure reliability.

Tool Control

One Key illustrationCompleting phase one, in January 2016, a new line of M18 FUEL Drilling and Driving products will sync wirelessly to the ONE-KEY™ application allowing for specific tool control.  This is by far the most interesting part of ONE-KEY to me.  The ONE-KEY app will allow users to set up their tool to fit their need.  They can choose from a list of pre-determined setting for a specific fastener and material or completely customize their own profile with torque and speed settings for the application at hand.

The process for setting up your tool will be quite easy to do. For instance, if you have an application where you are using a new M18 Fuel drill to install #10 self-tapping metal screws into metal siding, you can either set your drill for what you find works best for you or you can refer to the populated list of fasteners and materials that Milwaukee has already created for users. These new drills and impact drivers will have multiple mode settings much like the 1, 2, and 3 modes on the impact drivers of today, but each mode will be programmable.  Better yet, your mode settings will be saved in the cloud, so you can make changes on the fly if you choose.

 Tech-Tools

Tools as we know them are starting to change significantly.   The future where tools can be controlled with a smartphone is right in front of us and Milwaukee appears to be leading the way.  You will be able to access the ONE-KEY system in September 2015 by computer from the Milwaukee website at www.milwaukeetool.com/ONE-KEY, or by a mobile app interface on compatible Android and iOS smartphones.

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