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Data in Hand

In construction, efficiency, quality, and safety typically come down to having the right data to make informed decisions. Enter technology, and data-driven services all influenced by the IoT (Internet of Things), and digital innovation. Such is the case for tool tracking in construction and the amazing transformation of services and solutions for the industry.

In January, Hilti announced the launch of a new platform that reinvents how construction professionals work daily on jobsites. Nuron tackles health and safety challenges, while also giving contractors the data needed to manage their business more efficiently.

Launching with more than 70 products, the battery platform enables heavy-duty applications that were once restricted to corded, gas-powered or higher voltage battery systems. And all the battery packs and chargers work interchangeably under a single ecosystem to help reduce complexity for tool cribs and cost for business. The redesigned battery interface allows for higher performance and longer operating times, helping contractors to keep project humming along.

In addition to improved performance, at the core of the platform is connectivity that enables cordless tools on all kinds of jobs—from light-duty drilling to heavy-duty concrete breaking. All tools generate data that is then stored on the Nuron batteries and sent securely to the cloud during every charge on fleeted chargers without any operator interaction. Data collected includes tool usage, tool utilization, changing location, and battery state-of-health.

With this service, Christoph Loos, CEO, Hilti Group, says it makes sure workers no longer have tools sitting around, which ultimately helps save a lot of money. This information can then be used to alert individuals if action is needed immediately or can be accessed on-demand as required and is available on mobile and desktop via Hilti’s ON!Track software platform. Together with services like Hilti Fleet Management tool data can be used to reduce downtime and optimize tool cribs to boost customer productivity. It’s all about the data in today’s construction environment. And in a world where every minute matters, data is ever-increasingly separating the best performers from the weaker ones.

“Nuron enables a much more professional way to manage the tool park of contractors,” says Loos. “What I mean with that is everything that we just said. It pays into the fleet and the asset management. It enables data-driven, transparent management of your tool park. With that, it makes it much more sustainable.”

The technology available also increases health and safety for workers, as the batteries are more durable and provide extra protection even in the toughest conditions. We also need to point out that the electronics are fully sealed to protect against moisture, dust, and other jobsite contaminants. Hilti’s DRS (Dust Removal System) is available for all Nuron tools, while AVR (Active Vibration Reduction) comes standard. The ATC (Active Torque Control) is another safety feature that is now available with many more tools in the new Nuron product range.

The company is still very centered on safety, having developed two new technologies for increased safety with angle grinder. The new 3D ATC system switches off the tool and activates the disc brake when there is sudden, uncontrolled movement in any direction. The same risk reduction function comes with the new SensTech system, which senses when the operator’s hand is removed and engages the electric brake. Also, each tool has a recommended tethering method to help avoid falling objects when working at heights.

It is safe to say this new platform takes efficiency, quality, and safety to a whole new level, giving contractors the data when and where they need it.

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