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Expert Live Q&A: ToolsNet 8

Welcome to the ToolsNet 8 question and answer session. 

Answering audience questions in this Q&A is Robert Kaye, our ToolsNet 8 Product Specialist at Atlas Copco. In this session, we’re exploring the ToolsNet 8 data collection software. We begin the Q&A with a brief overview of ToolsNet 8 from Robert. The ToolsNet software has been around for a few decades now, and it’s considered the standard for fastening data collection. Our newest generation, ToolsNet 8, is the complete assembly process improvement tool, providing manufacturers with valuable, reliable data and process optimization. 

The first question is about the major benefits of upgrading from an old version of ToolsNet to ToolsNet 8. Robert explains that ToolsNet 8 improves the user experience and future-proofs your solution while maintaining industry standards. An audience member asks whether ToolsNet 8 supports tools other than Atlas Copco tools, and Robert says that it’s possible through Open Protocol or ToolsNet data collection protocol. In addition, apart from click wrenches and our MicroTorque line, torque data and other related data can be sent to ToolsNet8. Product builds can be tracked by entering a serial number or work order numbers. When asked about alerts for NOK situations outside of control limits, Robert explains that if a program trends outside limits, there is an option to get notifications and alerts sent to your email from ToolsNet.

Robert then goes on to provide a real-time demonstration for the process of tracking program changes. He also demonstrates how to compare program changes and see differences between previous and current changes. When asked about plans for a ToolsNet mobile application, Robert clarifies that it is possible to access ToolsNet from a mobile device. He also explains that Atlas Copco is in the process of building an external API for customers to be able to pull data from ToolsNet 8. We then go into the archive module feature, which automatically archives data by years or quarters. This data can be stored on a server or a different location. There’s no limit to how long production data can be stored, but the archive module can be configured to delete data after a selected amount of time. With a sequel creator, Jason explains, data can be accessed directly from the ToolsNet database. 

In the final part of the Q&A, a viewer asks about how ToolsNet catches torque and angle issues. Users can select a program in the Statistics Center to see and trace data back and discover where and how the issue occurred. ToolsNet 8 also monitors production to increase build quality through live updates and advanced filtering capabilities in the dashboard. When asked about tracking tools, Robert explains that in the Tool Center widget, information about tightenings, torque results, and more is available. You can also track by last used tools. 

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