Clair Urbain 2017-10-03 01:59:10
GET ORGANIZED: BOXES, BELTS, BACK PACKS, RACKS AND CABINETS Increasingly tech-savvy workers are gaining appreciation for the productivity gains offered by having tools well organized and easily accessible. These eight companies have their own take on the ideal system for applications from the shop floor to up in the air— all designed to make workers’ lives life better. MILWAUKEE TOOL “Since being launched in 2014, Milwaukee’s storage category has shown incredible growth. From hardtop rolling tool bags to job site tech bags, Milwaukee Tool engineers have focused on developing solutions that provide the versatility, mobility and durability needed to stand up to the demands of the job site,” says Tim Albrecht, Milwaukee tool senior vice president and general manager of hand tools. This year, Milwaukee Tool introduced its ground-breaking new modular storage system, Packout. “Current modular storage systems limit users to a single box size that offers very little versatility to fit their needs. The Packout modular storage system is a game-changer because it’s the first multi-footprint system that allows boxes, organizers and totes of multiple sizes and configurations to easily stack and lock together through an intuitive and quick attachment mechanism,” he says. The core of the Packout modular storage system is the Packout rolling tool box. It can be used as a base for securely stacking and transporting large or standard Packout tool boxes. Each features an internal organization tray for hand tools and accessories. “Packout Organizers and Compact Organizers are designed to securely stack and transport on top of any Packout tool box. Each includes small and large removable bins that can be mounted on common job site materials by utilizing integrated screw slots, as well as No-Travel Bin seals,” Albrecht says. Unique to the Milwaukee Packout storage system is the integration of soft storage totes designed to attach to the top of any Packout storage box or organizer. “This allows users to attach a storage tote to the top of their Packout system for transport and gives the flexibility to attach an organizer to the bottom of a tote for quick tasks that only require a few hand tools and small fasteners,” he says. The initial Packout modular storage system consists of three tool boxes, two organizers and three storage totes. “We are excited to see the Packout system’s capabilities grow in the future,” Albrecht says. DEWALT The new DeWalt ToughSystem van racking line offers a space-saving system designed to efficiently transport ToughSystem cases from workshop to garage and job site. “When we engineered our van racking solution, we went into the field in the U.S. and abroad and saw it all,” says Esti Carmeli, DeWalt vice president, storage. “We considered many applications and engineered a flexible solution.” The DeWalt ToughSystem van racking solution is available in two sizes to accommodate vehicles up to 62 7/8 inches high or tall vehicles up to 82 inches high inside. DeWalt ToughSystem racking solutions feature two crash-tested telescopic metal bars that can hold a load of 155 pounds per rack. Three sets of reinforced brackets are compatible with all DeWalt ToughSystem modules and allow 44 pounds per pair of capacity and fold when not in use to allow for maximum space efficiency. An adjustable tie bar strengthens and stabilizes the system and four floor connectors attach the system to the van floor. “Additional brackets can be purchased and installed, so contractors can design systems that are just right for their needs,” Carmeli adds. ERGODYNE “An increasingly popular industry trend in tool box, bag, pouch and belt design is the need to create clever and comfortable tool storage solutions for workers at heights,” says Nate Bohmbach, associate product director. While workers on the ground can get away with using tool storage solutions that are worn on a belt and have an open top, workers at heights need to be able to secure their tools in pouches and holsters that prevent their gear from creating falling hazards for co-workers below. “At Ergodyne, we design innovative tool storage solutions for workers in a variety of industries. Many of our current solutions offer handy topping mechanisms to prevent the contents of a pouch from becoming dangerous falling objects. These pouches also all have convenient D-Rings on both sides that provide an easy and accessible tethering point,” Bohmbach says. “Workers also want modular or customizable tool storage solutions to quickly and easily attach to their tool belt or fall protection harness. We’ve launched modular tool storage pouches and holsters that allow each worker to customize their own rig,” he says. MAKITA “Efficiency and preparation matters, even in tool storage. So Makita made a smarter storage system with an expanding line of interlocking cases,” says Steve Relaz, product manager, accessories, Makita U.S.A. Makita interlocking cases efficiently organize and transport large or small collections of power tools and accessories, especially for Makita tool users. Makita LXT is the world’s largest 18-volt cordless tool system, and the more than 150 LXT solutions are available as kits and also as tool-only for users already in the LXT platform. “When sold as tool-only, a case is usually not included, so for these users, Makita stackable cases are a convenient storage solution,” Relaz explains. “Traditional tool boxes often vary in size and shape, making them difficult to manage and move. Makita interlocking cases utilize an innovative modular design and can be conveniently stacked, linked and transported together.” The interlocking cases have recessed side handles for convenient lifting, a reinforced lid for added strength and durability and interlocking latches to secure the lid and link multiple cases together. The cases are compatible with the case used with the Makita SP6000J/J1 plunge saw system, as well as Festool Systainer cases and other similar modular storage systems. Makita’s interlocking cases are made of rugged ABS plastic and have reinforced lids and edges. For added versatility, Makita offers pre-scored foam sectional cubes to create custom inserts for tools and accessories. “The dense foam holds tools firmly in place and protects them from sudden impact. Foam inserts include a 2-inch layer of pre-scored foam and 1/2-inch foam base layer,” Relaz says. “The interlocking cases and foam inserts work together for efficient transporting, convenient job preparation and superior protection. Makita also offers an insulated interlocking case that holds up to 12 10-ounce cans,” Relaz adds. KNAACK Knaack’s new Tool Kage line of jobsite storage cabinets are clad in 16-gauge diamond-punched steel. Based on Knaack’s Jobmaster tool storage system, Tool Kage models provide clear visibility of their contents without compromising security. The see-through security cabinets can stay locked while allowing viewable access to valuable tools, accessories and other products. “Maximum security against theft and efficiency on the job site are equally critical,” says Sang Oh, Knaack senior product manager. “Our new line of innovative Tool Kage storage cabinets allows workers to quickly locate and grab the tools and supplies they need without searching the entire storage unit.” The Tool Kage line includes three products, the 139-MT, 129-MT and 100-MT, each outfitted with the patented Knaack Watchman IV security lock, an electrical power pass-through in each shelf and diamond-punched 16-gauge steel panels. Each cabinet is built with a fully arc-welded steel body that is powder-coated for durability and resistance to corrosion and electrical currents. The cabinets offer optional six-inch wheel casters and door shelves. WILLIAMS/SNAP-ON INDUSTRIAL “The Williams Modular Industrial Storage program offers users flexibility to customize their storage needs that best fit their space and job requirements,” says Andy Lobo, Snap-On Industrial product management and development. “Built with heavy-duty steel and incorporating the latest safety and security features, they are engineered for demanding industrial applications.” Users can choose from six cabinet heights, including a 30-inch desk height; 33-1/2-inch bench height; 37-inch bench height; 41-1/4-inch seated counter height; 45-1/4-inch standing counter height; and a 59-inch eye level model. They are offered in five different cabinet widths: 23-inch narrow-wide; 29-1/4-inch standard-wide; 32-1/2-inch standard-wide plus; 46-inch extra-wide; and a 58-1/4-inch double-wide model. Williams Modular Industrial Storage cabinets heavy-duty features include full-drawer-visibility double roller tracks that use six steel ball bearings and four roller bearings for smooth operation and support loads up to 400 pounds. The cabinets are fully MIG-welded and surface-ground on all eight corners and the full-height sidewalls provide maximum cubic storage capacity while reducing item spillover into adjacent compartments. The full-width aluminum drawer pulls with safety overlap and 45-degree angle prevents injury by eliminating sharp edges and softening pinch points. The stainless steel rivets securing the drawer fronts and drawer pulls provide 650 pounds of shear strength per rivet for durability. Options include a hinged lock bar with padlock hasp for security and an optional lock-in/lock-out latch to secure individual drawers. Users can select from a variety of drawer liners, slotted partitions, steel dividers, grooved plastic trays and plastic bins to organize each drawer to their exact needs. OCCIDENTAL LEATHER “There was a time when form and function were inseparable. Today, these qualities rarely co-exist in manufactured products. However, Occidental Leather tool systems — and our Martinez hammers — are notable exceptions,” says Susan Alberts, Occidental sales manager. Combining 19th century craftsmanship with 21st century manufacturing techniques, Occidental Leather produces exceptionally high-quality tool holders that are known for their durability, function and efficiency. “Skilled workers depend on the quality of their tools and tool carry systems for working rhythm and efficiency. At Occidental Leather, we continue with our commitment to quality, excellent customer service and hand-crafted, American-made tool systems,” she says. For example, the 5080DB Pro Framer package with double outer bag features premium top-quality leather and hand-specific tool holders that promote maximum working rhythm on the job. The main bags have copper-rivet reinforcement and feature Occidental’s NoSpill tool holder. The 5080DB system offers 22 pockets and tool holders. Also new at Occidental, Mark Martinez, designer of the Stiletto Hammer, is back with an all-new line of professional hammers that are sleeker and stronger than competitors. Available with titanium or wood handles and milled or smooth face interchangeable heads, Martinez hammers feature top-of-the-line concepts and materials. They offer balance and striking force beyond others and, like all Occidental Leather products, are made in the USA. VETO PRO PAC Veto Pro Pac recently launched its Tech OT-MC top tool bag, part of the popular M Series bag line that includes the MC and Tech MCT closed top tool bags. A compact open-top tool bag, the Tech OT-MC includes a centrally located injection-molded compartment that can be left open or fitted with removable and repositionable insert boxes that allow technicians to customize their bags. “Each insert box can be filled with different tools or accessory parts, and the central box can accommodate up to three insert boxes; if a technician uses one box, it can be placed in six different locations,” says Roger Brouard, founder of Veto Pro Pac and the designer of the Tech OT-MC. With 28 interior and exterior tool pockets, an injection-molded box and the opportunity to add three removable insert boxes, the Tech OT-MC bag has ample room for hand tools, meters, parts boxes, cordless drills and impact drivers. “In developing the original version of this product, I spent weeks with HVAC technicians on the job observing their challenges, from having to comply with OSHA standards of three points of contact on ladders to hauling tools up with a rope,” Brouard says. “They also need a backpack that would fit through cages, stand up when being used, be comfortable and won’t get soaked in wet or muddy conditions.” The Tech OT-MC tool bag is 11.5 inches high, 10 inches long, and 9.85 inches wide.
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