What the trades want – FEIN reveals what the tools of the future might look like

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Tradespeople across the country have had their say on what features they want the power tools of the future to have.

As part of power tool manufacturer FEIN’s #ToolsoftheFuture campaign, trades were asked which features they would like to see added to power tools in the coming years. Theft is still clearly the number one concern for tradespeople when it comes to power tools with almost 50% of suggestions regarding safeguarding tradespeople against tool theft.  Passcodes, security kill switches and finger print recognition were suggested as key features which could help to deter opportunists and reduce the number of stolen tools.

Elsewhere, increased connectivity and the use of AI were proposed to produce power tools which can read regular work patterns. This will ensure processes are smoother and more efficient with analytics feeding back instantly to prevent errors. 

The top ten features were:

  • Laser level lines
  • Finger print recognition
  • Bluetooth connectivity alerting to theft
  • Battery charge alert
  • Security kill switch
  • Nationwide logging of serial numbers
  • Work pattern analytics to improve efficiencies
  • Universal batteries
  • Built in extraction
  • Noise reduction

While some trades want to see more technology introduced, it’s clear that they don’t want the quality and robustness of their tools to be compromised. An end to cheap materials and unnecessary apps was called for with a focus instead on creating durable tools that will last well into the future.

Tradespeople also expect to see the advancement of cordless tools continue with some suggesting that site work will rely solely on battery technology in the future. Some people had simpler visions for the future of power tools, however, with one suggesting they’d be happy with a tool which you could easily fit back in the tool box it was supplied in.

Andy Mills, national sales manager at FEIN, said: “With over 150 years’ experience of manufacturing power tools, FEIN has a proud history of working closely with users to identify their wants and needs. This helps us to produce a wide range of quality products which enable processes to become more efficient and effective.

“Our #ToolsoftheFuture campaign is another example of our desire to find out what users want from their power tools and we’d like to thank everyone who got involved. We received a fantastic mix of suggestions with some trades highlighting the need for more technology and others wanting a more stripped back tool that gets the job done. As a result, there is a requirement for power tool manufacturers such as FEIN to get the balance right.

“FEIN power tools are known for their robustness and quality and it’s important that that isn’t compromised at any point. However, it’s also crucial to take into account the number of interesting features suggested when designing future tools to ensure connectivity, security and productivity are accounted for in future designs.”

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FEIN är känt som ett internationellt företag med tyska rötter, som är känt för sin kvalitet                     högkvalitativa elverktyg och tillbehör som är gjorda för de tuffaste                     Arbetsuppgifter inom industri och hantverk. 1867 grundade Wilhelm Emil Fein företaget, vars                     Grundstenen lades med uppfinningen av den elektriska handborraren - den första                     Elverktyg i världen. Idag har FEIN mer än 700 aktiva äganderätt, inklusive ungefär                     500 patent eller patentansökningar. FEIN fokuserar på produkter och tjänster som                     är idealiska problemlösare vid bearbetning och bearbetning av metall och över 16 världen över                     Dotterbolag och mer än 50 representationer distribueras. Som oberoende                     Familjeföretag FEIN lever en öppen företagskultur och lägger stort värde på den                     mänsklig interaktion och erbjuder mycket utrymme för innovativa idéer. Vid företagets huvudkontor i                     Schwäbisch Gmünd-Bargau är den största produktionsplatsen med de andra                     Platser i Asien och Nordamerika samarbetade nära, vilket resulterade i en konstant hög nivå överallt                     Tillverkningskvaliteten säkerställs. Cirka 800 anställda arbetar mycket över hela världen                     Inventivitet och hög serviceberedskap, milstolpar i framtiden                     Utveckling av förstklassiga elverktygssystem. Det är precis där FEIN är professionell - och det                     i över 150 år.