Milwaukee Announces Digital Tool Platform, Plus More New Tools to Come
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Summer is the season for travel - and for woodworking shows, it seems. One of my summer jaunts this year was to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Milwaukee Tool media event. The big announcement at the event -- although those of us who were there had to promise to keep it secret for a few weeks - was the release of the first phase of Milwaukee's new ONE-KEY(TM) technology, set to be available this September.
ONE-KEY is a digital platform for jobsite tools, which integrates the electronics built into the tools with a custom cloud-based program, offering tool control, inventory management and tool reporting. The platform is set to roll out in stages, with various components and tools becoming available in the months ahead - and, according to the Milwaukee reps at the media event, they plan to add even more tools and more features to the program in the future. Starting in September, the ONE-KEY program will be available for download via www.milwaukeetool.com/ONE-KEY or by mobile apps compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones.
It's in January 2016 that the ONE-KEY component most targeted toward a woodworking audience will be released. "Tool Control" will have its introduction with new M17 FUEL(TM) Drilling and Driving products. End users will be able to use predetermined setups for specific fasteners and materials, or create their own specific profiles of torque and speed settings for an application that's common in their own use of the tool. Touching a button on the tool will switch it back
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