DEWALT® Announces Tool Connect™ Inventory Management System Four ways to connect: Tools, Tag, Connector, and Batteries

DEWALT announces updates to Tool Connect™, a system originally launched in 2015 that used Bluetooth® technology to manage batteries on the jobsite. Now, Tool Connect™ features a 3-part inventory management solution that encompasses the Tool Connect™ Inventory Manager web portal, the updated Tool Connect™ mobile app, and connected products.

On average, professionals spend about one full workday a week looking for or waiting for tools on the jobsite**. Professionals estimate that thousands of dollars are lost every year due to poor inventory management**†. As a result, an inventory management system that can track tools and jobsite assets is critical.

Inventory Manager System

The Tool Connect™ system from DEWALT works by pairing connected tools, equipment, and materials with the Tool Connect™ app. The same data is also stored online, accessed by logging into the web portal with a registration, username, and password. This allows the user to track the last seen location of paired assets as well as manage and assign tools and equipment to different jobsites. The system also streamlines tracking, check-in, and check-out processes of tools thereby eliminating wasted time spent searching for such tools. This helps to save costs and increase productivity as well as efficiency.

Connected Products

Connecting tools, equipment, and materials is key to this inventory management system. Connecting can be done in four ways – via new and existing Tool Connect™ tools, the new Tool Connect™ Tag, the new 20V MAX* Tool Connect™ Connector, and existing Tool Connect™ batteries. Existing connected products are the Stackable Corded/Cordless LED Area Light with Tool Connect™ & Built-in Charger (DCL070) and the 20V MAX* 2.0 Amp (DCB203BT) and 5.0 Amp (DCB205BT) lithium ion batteries with integrated Bluetooth® capability. New connected tools include the 20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Compact Hammerdrill (DCD797), 20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Compact Drill/Driver (DCD792), 20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Impact Driver (DCF888), and the 20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ 3-Speed Hammerdrill (DCD997).

In addition, the DEWALT® Bluetooth® Enabled 100 Foot Laser Distance Measure TLM99S (DW099S) is a recent addition to Tool Connect™ products that allows users to store measurements, mark-up photos and save them on the Tool Connect™ app. Other functions include calculating area and volume, as well as performing simple addition and subtraction.

Customization & Diagnostics

Once Tool Connect™ tools are connected, the Tool Connect™ app has customization and diagnostic features. The user can adjust the speed and torque for applications that require consistency and limited variability. The brightness and delay setting of each tool’s LED light is also customizable. Specific to the Stackable Corded/Cordless LED Area Light with Tool Connect™ & Built-in Charger, power, brightness, and schedule can be set from a mobile phone and adjusted within 100 feet. Another tool-specific feature that can be customized, found exclusively in the 20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Hammerdrill (DCD997), is Bind-Up Control. Specific customization features of the 20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Impact Driver (DCF888) is PrecisionDrive™ technology which allows the Impact Driver to stall for one second before impacting. This protects the fastener and material surface and provides the user with maximum control during applications that require a high level of craftsmanship. Finally, diagnostics can monitor productivity by counting the number of trigger pulls and duration of tool use. These features plus others provide important information on tool use, temperature, battery charge and more.

Connection Devices

For assets that don’t have integrated Bluetooth® capability, users can still connect by using the Tool Connect™ Tag (DCE041) or the 20V MAX* Connector (DCE040). The Tag, which features more than three years of integrated battery life, can be attached to large equipment, pallets of material, ladders, and more in a variety of ways. Whether glued, screwed, or riveted to an asset, the Tag keeps track of any item on the jobsite. Rated IP68, the Tag is dust-proof, water-resistant, and can withstand tough jobsite conditions. In addition, the Tag makes the connection process easy with a simple push of a large button, eliminating the need to disassemble the unit to connect. Not only is it easy to hide the small Tag on tools and equipment, it’s also easy to locate one particular Tag. With its integrated blue LEDs that light up when that Tag is selected in the Tool Connect™ app, finding an individual asset is easy.

For DEWALT tools that aren’t already connected, the 20V MAX* Connector permanently attaches directly between the battery and tool. In addition to its permanent connection, the Connector can disable itself when it’s out of range, providing a layer of security and peace-of-mind. At only 4.1oz, the Connector features a rechargeable internal coin cell battery that charges when a 20V MAX* battery is inserted. Similar to the Tag, the Connector also features an easily accessible pair button as well as blue LEDs that light up to indicate that it is paired or identified. Most of the more than 100 products in the 20V MAX* System can now be connected to the Tool Connect™ system. With the tools, Tag, Connector, and batteries, anything on the jobsite can become part of the Tool Connect™ system.

The benefits of the Tool Connect™ system are far reaching. One advantage is that the tools can be set to become disabled when they’re out of range, which helps to deter theft. It also solves for common time management issues and helps make jobsite reporting convenient and accurate. This system is designed for jobsite productivity and efficiency and to save owners, tool crib managers and general contractors money due to lost or misplaced jobsite assets. In addition, the app is a secure, closed system so unauthorized accounts cannot see the whereabouts of assets. New connected tools, Tags, and Connectors will be available starting in summer 2017. Also coming in summer 2017, users will be able to access the Tool Connect™ Inventory Manager web portal by logging into the website with a registration, username, and password and by downloading the updated, free Tool Connect™ app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Compact Hammerdrill

  • -DCD797B – Bare
  • -DCD797D2 – Kitted with 2 DCB203

20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Compact Drill/Driver

  • -DCD792B –  Bare
  • -DCD792D2 – Kitted with 2 DCB203

20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Impact Driver

  • -DCF888B – Bare
  • -DCF888D2 – Kitted with 2 DCB203
  • -DCF888P2BT – Kitted with 2 DCB205BT

20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Hammerdrill

-DCD997B – Bare

-DCD997P2BT – Kitted with 2 DCB205BT

Tool Connect™ Tag

-DCE041 – Single Tag

  • -DCE041-4 – Tag 4-Pack
  • -DCE041-10 – Tag 10-Pack
  • -DCE041-25 – Tag 25-Pack

20V MAX* Tool Connect™ Connector

  • -DCE040

Stackable Corded/Cordless LED Area Light with Tool Connect™ & Built-in Charger

  • -DCL070
  • -DCL070T1

Bluetooth® Enabled 100 Foot Laser Distance Measure TLM99S

  • -DW099S

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

**The estimated inventory management figure is per pro and includes inefficient labor costs plus the estimated yearly cost of replacing lost or stolen tools. Based on survey, the average was 7.65 hours per week spent looking for and waiting for tools and is included as inefficient labor time. Construction laborer rates based on Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 data.

†Estimate based on 1018 Professional contractors surveyed.

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New Hilti Rotary Hammer TE 3-C

Rotary hammer TE 3-C

The new Hilti SDS+ Rotary hammer TE 3-C delivers consistent and reliable performance for drilling small diameter ranges, as well as light-duty chiseling applications. Featuring an industry standard SDS+chuck and user-friendly select switch, this versatile hammer drill can tackle multiple tasks, including drilling and hammer drilling in concrete and masonry, corrective and light channel chiseling in concrete and masonry, as well as rotary-only drilling.

The powerful Hilti Rotary hammer TE 3-C delivers 3,000 rpm of performance, and its hammer-mode produces 5160 bpm with a 1.8 ft-lbf of impact energy. It has an optimum drilling range of up to 5/8″ and a maximum diameter drilling range up to 1-1/8″. And, it weighs 6.6 lb, which helps minimize operator fatigue when working overhead.

There are several dust removal system options for the TE 3-C:

  • Hilti DRS-S:  a shroud that attaches to the depth gauge; OSHA 1926.1153 table 1 compliant when used with a Hilti vacuum
  • Hilti Hollow drill bit:  multiple sizes and lengths available; table 1 compliant when used with a Hilti vacuum; allows for zero manual hole cleaning installation of certain Hilti chemical anchors
  • DCD dust collector:  a cylindrical chuck adapter that collects the overhead dust as it falls out

Rotary hammer, TE 3-C

The new Hilti TE 3-C SDS+ Rotary hammer is covered by the Hilti Tool Warranty 20/2/1 — 20 years of repair or replacement of defective parts; 2 years no cost repair including wear and tear; and a guaranteed 1-day turnaround on repairs. *

For more information about the Hilti TE 3-C, please contact Hilti Customer Service. From the U.S., call Hilti, Inc., at 1-800-879-8000 or visit; from Canada, call Hilti (Canada) Corporation at 1-800-363-4458 or visit

*Some limitations apply. Contact Hilti for details.

ARTBA Foundation Announces Financial Assistance to 11 Children of Fallen Highway Workers

Eleven children of highway workers who were killed on the job will receive college financial assistance for the 2017-18 school year from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship” fund.

The scholarship program was established in 1999 with a gift from two Roanoke, Virginia, highway contractors and their companies—Stan Lanford (1999 ARTBA chairman) of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford (1991 ARTBA chairman), with Adams Construction Company. About 100 highway workers are killed annually in roadway construction and maintenance accidents, and thousands more are seriously injured.
Over the past 17 years, more than 130 scholarships have been given to students from 25 states to pursue college and technical training. The 2017 class includes:

Caitlyn Rains, Proctor, Ark.
Caitlyn’s father, James Rains, was killed in 2013 while working in a night construction zone for APAC Tennessee. Caitlyn plans to study physical therapy at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Misty McNeil, Kountze, Texas & Amy McNeil Graves, Lumberton, Texas
Misty and Amy’s father, Jeffrey McNeil, was killed in 2005 while working for the Texas Department of Transportation. Misty plans to study radiologic technology at Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont. Amy is studying nursing at Lamar State College in Orange.
Kaitlyn Henry, Dennison, Ohio
Kaitlyn’s dad, Gary Henry, was struck by a construction vehicle and killed in 2013 while working on a state highway construction project on Interstate 270 near Columbus, Ohio. Kaitlyn will be a senior at Ohio University and is an intervention specialist major.
Andrea Pair, Spiro, Okla.
Andrea’s father, Shannon Pair, was struck and killed while working for Time Striping Inc., in 1998. Andrea will be a senior at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She studies biochemistry.
Victoria Markle, Port Charlotte, Fla.
Victoria’s father, John Markle, was struck and killed on Florida’s I-75 in March 2016 while working for Ajax Paving Industries. Victoria will be a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers where she studies journalism.
Cirar Butler, Gunnison, Miss.
Cirar’s father, Henry Butler, Jr., was killed while driving a Mississippi Department of Transportation work truck during highway repairs in 2014. Cirar will be a sophomore at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, and studies physical therapy.
Kristen Jares, West, Texas
Kristen’s father, Gregory Jares, was killed in 2001 while working for the Texas Department of Transportation. Kristen will be a sophomore at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton where she studies exercise physiology.
Standra Jones, Jr., Gaston, S.C.
Stan’s father, Standra Jones, worked for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. In 2007, he was struck and killed while taking down work zone traffic controls on I-26 in Lexington County. Stan will be a junior at Clemson University and majors in engineering.
Willie Blevins, Commerce, Ga.
Willie’s mother, Kathy Blevins, worked for the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. She had just finished painting turn-lane lines when her vehicle was struck and she was killed in 2004. Willie will be a junior studying pre-veterinarian at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.
Emily Jones, Billings, Mont.
Emily’s father, Richard Jones, was killed in a car accident in 2013 while working for Direct Traffic Control. Emily will be a senior at Montana State University and majors in criminal justice.

The ARTBA-TDF is interested in receiving contact leads on students who could benefit from the scholarship program. Please share them with ARTBA’s Eileen Houlihan at or 202.289.4434.

For more than 30 years, the ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, has worked to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment. The Foundation supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, professional development academies, a transportation project safety certification program, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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Wells Fargo Reports: New Home Sales Decline Following a Strong First Quarter

New home sales fell 11.4 percent in April but sales were revised up for the prior three months. Even with the drop, sales remain up solidly on a year-to-date basis and homebuilders continue to report strong demand.

New Home Sales Are Stronger Than They Seem

New homes sales fell 11.4 percent to a 569,000 unit pace. April’s 750 11.4 percent drop in new home sales was much larger than expected but presents less of a change than the headlines suggest. April’s decline was 600 largely due to seasonal influences. Warmer than usual weather pulled the spring selling season forward into the first quarter, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. Sales were revised significantly higher for each of 450 the three previous months and remain comfortably above their year-ago pace. On a year-to-date basis through April, new home sales are running 300 11.3 percent ahead of the first four months of 2016. Moreover, new home sales have been stronger than their year-ago level every month this year, 150 including April following its big drop.

Sales fell in all four regions during April, with the largest drop occurring in 0 the supply constrained West, where sales plummeted 26.3 percent. Sales also fell 13.1 percent in the Midwest, 7.5 percent in the Northeast and 4 percent in the South, which accounts for the largest proportion of new 600 home sales. But even after those declines, sales through the first four months of this year remain above their year ago pace in all four regions. New home sales in the Midwest through April are up 450 25.6 percent from the first four months of last year and sales in the Northeast are up 14.8 percent. Those two regions were the parts of the country most impacted by this year’s unseasonably mild winter weather.

Mild weather was less of influence in the South and West, where new home sales through the first four months are up 10.1 percent and 7.0 percent year 150 over year, respectively. Supply constraints are a far bigger issue in these rapidly growing regions. While mild weather has generally allowed for more construction in the South and West, builders are running up against 0 shortages of developed lots and having increasing difficulty finding skilled construction workers.

The overall inventory of homes available for sale rose from 4.9 months in March to 5.7 months in April. The increase, however, was almost entirely due to April’s drop in sales. The number of homes available for sale rose by just 4,000 in April to 268,000 and most of that increase was in homes where construction had not yet been started. The number of competed homes available for sale was unchanged at a relatively low 59,000. Builders Remain Optimistic

Our optimistic take is backed up by the most recent homebuilders’ survey, which reported that builder optimism rose in May. Homebuilders have shrunk their businesses to fit today’s more modest overall sales pace. For many builders they are seeing all the business they can handle right now. With inventories low, they are also enjoying more pricing power.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders and Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo Securities Fargo Securities