Milwaukee Tool introduces the new M18 FUEL 1/2-inch Controlled Torque Impact Wrenches with TORQUE-SENSE, currently the industry’s most torque-repeatable impact wrenches developed and tested uniquely for the solar industry. This means utility-scale solar projects are now provided with customizable reporting to ensure confident installation and a 3X faster install process.
“The solar industry has experienced significant growth in recent years with the demand for clean energy spreading across the globe,” explains Mark Kelly, senior product manager at Milwaukee Tool. “Currently, many engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies rely on the ’2-step method’ to achieve mandated torque specifications on mechanical racking by first fastening the bolt down with an impact wrench followed by manually torquing the bolt with a click-style torque wrench. This process not only wastes valuable man-hours with extra processing but is also heavily dependent on operator technique to ensure torque accuracy.”
Milwaukee’s knowledge in artificial intelligence and sensor technology provides the ability to optimize a cordless solution for the industry to solve a complex job-site challenge. TORQUE-SENSE dynamic fastening technology delivers the most repeatable torque from a cordless impact wrench for improved quality output. Increased performance over the 2-step method comes from the tool’s ability to account for common jobsite variance that other cordless controlled torque impact wrenches cannot.
Designed to handle the high demands of the solar industry, the Compact Wrench provides an operating torque range of 50-150 foot-pounds and the Mid-Torque wrench delivers a range of 50-250 foot-pounds.
“Partnering in research & development with industry leaders, it became clear that EPC companies needed smarter and more precise fastening power tools to meet their rising demands,” added Kelly. “We set out to develop a solution that could achieve repeatable torque results that allow EPCs to operate more efficiently, reduce errors, handle extreme jobsite conditions, and provide increased visibility to installation performance.”
The extensive size of utility-scale solar sites and the continued demand for clean energy development requires a unique level of visibility into jobsite activity and confidence in the consistent execution of solar racking. The M18 FUEL Controlled Torque Impact Wrenches with TORQUE-SENSE allow complete transparency of the tools on a job site and create detailed reports of the fastening process to ensure installation confidence.
Designed with the Milwaukee ONE-KEY digital connectivity platform, precise tracking and management of assets are provided, delivering detailed digital reports. Features included with these capabilities, like tool use, error report summaries, and tool owner customization, present detailed insight into a tool and user’s activity — ultimately, helping generate reports that can help prove work has been properly completed.
Managed within a fully customizable app and backed by the industry’s largest Bluetooth tracking community, ONE-KEY technology helps connect sites, people, and equipment for optimal visibility into both the job site and solar installation process.
Delivering improved torque repeatability and confidence in application, Milwaukee’s Controlled Torque Impact Wrenches provide the opportunity to complete racking installation up to 3X faster by eliminating the 2-step method from job-site workflow.
Additional features such as LED indication lights to provide users with immediate feedback in application and the capability to set four unique torque levels at once for more repetitive fastening quickly and accurately, the M18 FUEL Controlled Torque Impact Wrenches with TORQUE-SENSE maximize efficiency across a solar job. Enabled by the combination of POWERSTATE brushless motors, REDLINK PLUS Intelligence, and REDLITHIUM battery technology, these new M18 FUEL solutions minimize unnecessary steps within the installation process to drive efficiency and productivity across a project.