Losing a tool or piece of equipment is frustrating , but it can also be expensive. Between the cost of replacing a tool if it isn’t found and the time lost looking for a misplaced tool , a company’s bottom line can be significantly affected. In fact , it is estimated that a single lost tool on a jobsite can increase the time spent completing a task by over 30%. And , according to Milwaukee Tool Senior Product Manager , Steve Matson , over the length of a large project this increased time spent completing a task can add up to tens of thousands of dollars in wasted labor.
That’s where the Tick comes in , a Bluetooth tool and equipment tracker that can easily be attached and hidden on any tool or piece of equipment. The Tick pairs with Milwaukee’s One-Key app and , once paired , tool records and locations are updated when any device with the One-Key app comes within 100 feet. Regardless of whether the device with One-Key has the app open or not , the location updates are transmitted , allowing users to pinpoint the missing tool.
The Tick has a low profile and flat back that , Milwaukee claims , allows it to be attached to anything via glue , screw , rivet , or strap. Its round shape allows it to be easily hidden out of sight on , for example , the underside of a ladder or a miter saw stand.
Because jobsites are not always the most hospitable of places , the Tick has a water and dust-tight enclosure to protect internal components and UVrated plastics to keep the device from becoming brittle when exposed to extended periods of direct sunlight. The tracker also uses a rugged electronics housing that can stand up to high vibration and impact.
The Tick will be available in February of this year in a 1-pack for $29, a 4-pack for $99, a 10-pack for $219, and a 50-pack from $999.