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There are three main components of
the All Trak Cloud system:
The SaaS portion of the solution
that is accessed through an Internet
Trimble All Trak Mobile—an appli-
cation that accesses the All Trak
Cloud system from Android and iOS
smartphones and tablets
A handheld barcode/RFID scanner
that runs the mobile application
Barcode labels and RFID tags are
available. Inman went on to describe
how the technology works.
“All Trak Cloud is accessed through
an Internet browser from any location
with an Internet connection,” he said.
“With the asset management software,
users are able to set up a variety of assets,
consumables, locations [warehouses, job
sites, vehicles, etc.], employees, services
“Once set up, users are able to transfer
assets from location to location or specific
employees. Aside from managing where
assets are assigned, the software also
provides information to show users what
assets have services pending, expired certificates or expired warranties.
“The average startup cost ranges from
$2,300 to $4,800, depending on the needs
of the contractor. Larger contractors may
start at this level and scale up from there,
depending on the number of users access-
ing the system.
“The largest investment required is
the time required to enter assets into the
system. Contractors typically have thousands of assets to track. All Trak Cloud
provides import tools to make the process faster and easier.
“We believe that tool-management
systems are widely underutilized across
the construction industry including
integrated system contractors. Any contractor that is managing multiple job
sites simultaneously has a need for tool/
asset management,” Inman said.
GRI F FI N, a construction and tools writer from Oklahoma City, can be reached at email@example.com.
Milwaukee Tool’s One-Key
Long known as a manufacturer of power tools, Milwaukee
Tool has expanded its product line to manual hand tools,
testers, accessories and more.
In September 2015, Milwaukee introduced One-Key,
billed as the first digital platform for tools and equipment
that integrates industry-leading tool electronics with a
custom-built, cloud-based program that will change the way
users interact with their tools.
The first One-Key component to be introduced is tool
management, a free-to-use, cloud-based platform that
can keep detailed records of an organization’s tools and
assets. Each item can be assigned to a user or location
to provide accountability and enable easy exchange of
information between the field and office. Updates and
edits are synchronized in real time. Existing lists of tools and
equipment can be uploaded from Microsoft Excel.
Users can go to www.milwaukeetool.com/one-key to
create an account and choose a preferred method to access
the application. There is a web app and a mobile app for
Android and iOS, all available for free.
“From the One-Key main menu application, open
the inventory dashboard, download the One-Key Excel
spreadsheet and open it,” said Christian Coulis, Milwaukee
vice president of product management. “Users of other
tool inventory and management software will need to
export the tool and equipment list and transfer the list
to One-Key’s spreadsheet. Once that’s complete, the
spreadsheet can be uploaded into One-Key. New tools are
added as required.”
At this stage, checking tools in and out is done manually.
While any brand tool and asset can be included in the One-
Key system, the tool-reporting capability can only be used
with Milwaukee One-Key-enabled tools.
One-Key-enabled crimpers became available in October.
One-Key-enabled drills, impact tools and wrenches will be
available in early 2016. Users will be able to program their
tools through an app.
“We are focusing on these tool first because they are
widely used, and owners would benefit most from the tool-
control capabilities,” Coulis said. “Moving forward, we will
absolutely include more One-Key-capable tools, but we are
not yet ready to share our plans past the initial launch.”
At its core, One-Key is designed to enable users
with ultimate control over their tools and the ability to
communicate with them like never before.
“A One-Key-enabled tool can tell its user how it’s
performing, how to maximize its potential, and … where it is
on the job site,” Coulis said, adding that it also can remember
settings that achieved the best results. —J.G.
Milwaukee One-Key tool-management screen