Milwaukee Tool is introducing TICK — a professional-grade Bluetooth tool and equipment tracker. Designed to withstand the harshest jobsite environments, the TICK can be easily attached and hidden from sight on any product, regardless of brand, providing users an invaluable way to track anything in their inventory through the ONE-KEY app.
“Tool loss, and the time spent looking for missing tools, contributes significantly to a company’s bottom line,” said Steve Matson, senior product manager. “A single lost or damaged tool on a jobsite can increase the time spent completing a task by over 30 percent. This, multiplied across the length of a large project, can add up to tens of thousands of dollars in wasted labor, and cause significant overruns on project schedule. The goal of ONE-KEY is to simplify the process of managing tools, removing costly or cumbersome methods used today. The ability to quickly identify a tool’s location can save time and money if a tool goes down or is needed on short notice. By harnessing the same Integrated Tool Tracking technology found within ONE-KEY enabled tools, we’re giving users a way to track any tool, simply by attaching the TICK. For professionals everywhere, their tools and equipment are key to their livelihood – the TICK ensures they have eyes on everything to better manage their investment.”
With its low-profile design, the TICK can securely attach to anything through glue, screw, rivet or strap. Its flat back enables a snug fit to a variety of surface types and its circular shape fits into a range of places hidden from view; for instance, the underside of a ladder or miter saw stand. Each TICK is also laser engraved with a serial number so users can easily identify and assign multiple TICKs. Once attached and hidden from view, the TICK makes tracking tools and equipment as simple as pulling out your phone.
Products with a TICK attached are paired via the ONE-KEY app. Tool records and locations are updated when any device with the ONE-KEY app comes within 100 feet of the TICK. These location updates are transmitted through any ONE-KEY app that’s in-range, regardless of whether the app is open or not, allowing users to pinpoint missing tools more quickly. In addition, users can easily manage all of their tools through the app’s Simplified Tool and Equipment Management features. These features allow users to assign and store detailed information for all of their tools and equipment – whether it’s a tool equipped with a TICK, a ONE-KEY enabled tool or any other tools and equipment.
Fully embodying the Milwaukee promise of “Nothing but HEAVY DUTY,” the TICK is ruggedly protected from the harshest environments – giving professionals peace of mind that they’ll receive updated locations of their tools and equipment, no matter what. Its water- and dust-tight closure protect the internal components from weather elements, and UV-rated plastics keep the TICK from getting brittle when exposed to extended periods of direct sunlight. In addition, its rugged electronics housing can stand up to high vibration and impact, as well as heavy-duty tracking applications, like underneath a generator.
Available in February 2017, the TICK is a true testament to Milwaukee’s focus on the user and investment in game-changing technology. For more information on ONE-KEY, visit http://www.milwaukeetool.com/one-key.