Power Tool Production : trends and insights

How partnering with strong suppliers is the key to successful, high-tech power tool production

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The power tool production industry has transformed ways of working across the world’s biggest industries, from automotive and aerospace to construction and gas.

It has also changed the lives of many a DIY builder. These handy, energy-efficient tools save users time and effort in both simple and complex tasks, including drilling and sawing.

With majority of the world’s population largely confined to their homes for the past year, many chose to pass the time by fixing up their properties.

In the U.S. alone, The Home Improvement Research Institute predicted that Americans spent $439.9 billion on home improvement products last year, with online home remodeling platform Houzz reporting that demand for kitchen and bath remodeling was up 40% year in June 2020, while home additions increased 52%.

It’s little surprise Forbes has reported that home improvement is the fastest growing retail category.

Right supplier for improved power tool design

As demand for lightweight, reliable power tools grows, power tool makers must meet the needs of DIY builders.

Over the past few years the power tool industry has shifted from corded to battery pack. Now, power tool producers are refreshing their designs to give their products a greater battery lifespan.

To do this they must increase the voltage of the battery pack.

By partnering with a supplier who has strong partnerships with engineers, producers and suppliers, producers can engage expert teams to streamline power tool battery designs – ensuring the final product is lightweight, long-lasting, powerful and thermally efficient. 

Efficient motor for increased output 

A current industry challenge is how to create more energy-efficient electric motors across power tools.

New motor designs can increase the efficiency of the motor while keeping the power output stable. To do this, expert adhesive suppliers can work with designers and engineers to look at innovative ways of bonding and heat distribution within power tool electric motors. 

Latest trends and technology upgrades 

Power tool producers are using technological advancements to develop new products that can be operated wirelessly, or even via motion sensors.

The benefits of connected power tools include automatic measuring, adjustments and the checking of battery status.

Connected tools will show if they are overheating, or if there are any technical issues. Some major producers connect their tools to apps, a handy device that sends exact measurements and information straight to the user’s smartphone. Technologies like low pressure molding, potting, gasketing and thermal management can then be used to protect the tools.

All of this makes using power tools easier and more efficient. And as power tools get smaller and more accessible, consumer confidence increases.

Improved design for higher efficiency 

To stay ahead of the competition, it is vital for producers to have access to design and engineering expertise when creating materials.

These designs must be rigorously tested to ensure they function the best way possible. The construction of materials should also be lightweight, to keep the power tool light in hand for ease of use.

By working with a trusted supplier, power tool producers can be confident that the materials being used are of the highest quality – helping them in their mission to make the cordless, lightweight, energy-efficient power tool of the future.

About the Author

Michael Green is the North America Business Development Manager responsible for E-Machinery, Power Tools, Elevators, Transmissions, Access Systems, and Eyewear industrial segments. Michael's day-to-day role is to interact with customer engineering and design centers to ensure the engineers and designers are aware of Henkel's solutions. Michael is passionate about helping his customers implement new designs. 

Michael has been with Henkel for about seven years now.

He has over 30 + years of industrial experience in technical, marketing, strategy, and sales roles focused on electronics. 

Michael received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, New York.

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