DeWalt expands Tool Connect™ into a 4-way inventory management system
New ways to manage your DeWalt cordless tools plus other jobsite assets
Bluetooth® interconnectivity brought DeWalt’s Tool Connect™ battery management to their line of cordless tools back in 2015. Now the capabilities of this wireless system will quadruple in scope starting in the summer of 2017, and will encompass an inventory management solution that brings together all DeWalt cordless tools and other jobsite assets using the Tool Connect™ Inventory Manager web portal, the updated Tool Connect™ mobile app, and soon-to-be-released connectivity products.
Time spent searching for tools is time and money wasted
Tracking the location and status of tools on the jobsite is critical to improving efficiency. DeWalt estimates that professionals lose thousands of dollars a year because of poor inventory management. Starting this summer, Tool Connect™ will use a web portal, DeWalt registration, password and username to track a tool’s last known location as well as providing check-in, check-out processes, all of which significantly reduce time wasted searching for tools. All this can be supervised used a mobile app installed on a hand-held device.
Multiple tool connectivity options available this summer
Connectivity will be achieved through a number of unique DeWalt methods including tagging, batteries and connectors that work with more than 100 existing Tool Connect™ products, plus newly released models. Once existing Tool Connect™ assets are connected, the Tool Connect™ app has customization and diagnostic features that can, for example, allow the user to adjust the speed and torque for applications that require consistency and limited variability. The brightness and delay setting of each tool’s LED light is also customizable.
Connectivity potential goes beyond DeWalt products
Even tools without DeWalt’s Tool Connect™ Bluetooth® integration can brought into the inventory stable, either with DeWalt’s new Tool Connect™ Tag or their new 20V MAX* Connector. In fact, the DeWalt Tag, with its three-years of integrated battery life, can be attached to all types of jobsite assets such as large equipment, pallets of material, ladders and more, in a variety of ways such as glue, screws, or rivets.
For existing DeWalt cordless tools not already connected, the new 20V MAX* Connector permanently attaches directly and permanently between the battery and tool, recharging its internal coin cell battery whenever a 20V MAX* battery is inserted. The Connector can be programmed to disable itself when it’s out of range, providing a layer of theft security and peace-of-mind through a secure, closed system only available to authorized users.