Inventory Management Now Available for Milwaukee One-Key


By now I am sure you have heard about Milwaukee One-Key.  If not, here is a quick rundown.  One-Key is a new system that lets you be interactive with your power tools.  The system uses a custom cloud platform to customize your tools.  As an example, you could program the way you use your impact driver.  As you know their M18 impact driver has 4 settings.  As a user, you can set each setting for speed or torque.  So if you are always driving in a certain type of fastener, you can set the controls on how you want to drive them.  If you want to start the tool off slow and then ramp up, you can do that.  Bottom line, it’s a very cool feature and this is only the beginning.

Milwaukee just rolled out their first part of the One-Key with inventory management.  This function creates a central place for users to manage all of their tools and equipment across their network of jobs and operators.  So now you can keep a detailed record and report of your tools, even non Milwaukee tools.  The platform is free to use for everyone and you can download the app by visiting Milwaukee Tools One-Key.  Now you will be able to keep detailed records , manage tool budgets, assign locations of specific tools and more.

Sometime in October Milwaukee will roll out reporting for their M18 Force Logic 6T Utility Crimpers.  A user will be able to wirelessly sync and upload data and history to create custom reports that track the success and timing of electrical terminations.  In January of 2016, Milwaukee will introduce their new Fuel system that will have the sync and wireless capabilities and this will allow you to truly customize your tools.

The app is very easy to use and I like the fact you can still use a desktop or laptop to log into your account.  For me it’s sometimes a pain to enter a lot of information using a phone.  With the web base platform, you can upload spreadsheets and make your life much simpler.  Again this is only the beginning of the One-Key, it seems like the possibilities will be endless of what we will be able to do with our tools in the future.


    • I don’t have a use for it myself, but Milwaukee brought it out for contractors and other professionals who need or could benefit from these capabilities. It’s kind of like cell phones, tablets and other electronic stuff they keep coming out with. I can’t use or don’t need/want a lot of it myself. But it does offer a lot of time-saving enhancements for folks that could use it to improve their work and personal lives.

      As a final thought, could you get along okay without a cell phone or a computer? Yes, but your life would be so 1980s it would hurt to think about it. I feel naked without my cell phone (a Samsung S3) that I got 2-1/2 years ago. If I’m running late or have car trouble and need a tow, that’s how I could let people know what’s going on or get the help I need. And a computer opens up the whole world for you; I’ve seen, heard and talked with others about so many things using the internet that I can’t imagine my life without one. I’ve learned to pick and choose among those things I think I need or can use effectively; if other people want or need more, that’s up to them.

  1. Why is everyone so fired up about Milwaukee’s one key system. They are not forcing you to buy it. No one fired up the pitchfork when Dewalt introduced their Bluetooth batteries


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