As showcased at the recent NMBS Exhibition, Bosch Professional has launched a new range of ‘connected’ power tools and measuring devices.
Connected to a user’s phone or tablet via Bluetooth for the sending, receiving and storage of information, a small Bosch connectivity module can be bought with the tool or purchased separately and simply slotted in later. Connected tools and their users communicate via a free downloadable Bosch Toolbox app, which accesses a growing range of time and effort-saving aids.
The connected technology allows users to connect their tools to the app which then reports on the tool’s status, receives feedback about how the tool is being used and also allows users to adjust, personalise and memorise tool settings such as kickback controls, the precision clutch and LED afterglow. This connected technology enables trade professionals to work in the most efficient and smart way possible, saving valuable time on each job.
Planned key capabilities of the Bosch connectivity system include asset management and tool location, quick tool registration and personalised settings, fault alerts, condition and usage reports, and remote control. Importantly, the system has been designed to integrate new functionalities as they evolve.
“With these connected products, we are ushering in a whole new era in the evolution of tool use,” explains Steve Hillier, Marketing Director at Bosch Professional Power Tools. “Bosch connectivity not only puts users a step ahead of their competitors today but future-proofs their businesses by equipping tools to benefit from continuing advances. The range of functions offered by the Toolbox app will go on expanding and, looking further ahead, the connectivity module will be easy to upgrade or replace if developments require it.”
Bosch is initially focusing on four new tools with connectivity: the GSB 18 V-60 & V-85 C Professional Combi Drills, GSR 18 V-85 C Professional Drill Driver and GWS 18 V-125 SC Professional Angle Grinder. Each features what is described as the latest powerful, highly efficient and long-lasting brushless EC motors, along with state-of-the-art protection and control systems.
As an added incentive, anyone buying one of these connected power tools complete with connectivity module before the end of June can use the app to claim a versatile, stylish Withings Activité Steel activity tracker watch, worth over £135.
New connected levelling devices, the GCL 2-50 C & CG Line Lasers, are also now available. Along with strong green laser light and a user-friendly design, they offer remote angle adjustment as one of their key connectivity advantages.
“These connected tools, and the comprehensive range that will follow them, offer a new way of working that’s faster, smarter, more efficient and future-proof,” Steve Hillier summarises. “Together with our Toolbox app, they will allow users to ‘upgrade themselves’ as well as their equipment. Tool use is evolving, and we want to make sure your customers are a Millennitool — not a Neandertool!”