The Tough Task for Connected Tools

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By Ryan Martin | 1Q 2020 | IN-5761


Tooling in the Modern Age


Twenty years ago, the automotive industry primarily used air tools to assemble cars. Today, 90% of tools are electric and 70% to 80% are connected. But when the connected tool market shifted from air to electric, tools still had to be corded for power, and to be connected meant connecting via industrial ethernet. Now, electric tools are increasingly battery-driven and wirelessly enabled. The tough task is figuring out how and where to start when deploying battery-powered connected tools.

Connecting Electric Tools


There are two main challenges to solve when it comes to the deployment of wireless, battery-powered connected tools:

  1. Stability and Uptime: There is a lot of value in the data and, in some cases, manufacturers are required to retain certain data for regulatory purposes. For example, the ability to feed data to and from the production system—Manufacturing Execution System (MES)—in real time to ensure that the right torque tolerance is applied to the proper part. Short-range wireless cannot support this level …

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