Greenlee’s Gator Eye logs tool use, battery info

Sept. 27, 2013
USB-powered accessory works on Gator-brand crimpers, cutters and punching tools.

The Gator Eye from Greenlee is a USB-powered “performance accountability tool,” according to the company, because it allows users to access detailed work history and view real-time diagnostic information. It works with all of Greenlee’s Gator brand crimping, cutting and punching tools, including those manufactured as early as 1994. Through the Gator Eye, users can connect their tools to Windows-based computers; using free software, they can then access the tools’ work history and other information.

Ryan Berg, product manager for termination tools at Greenlee, said, “Information is important to our customers. And Gator tools have been recording work history since the first generation models in the 1990s. We wanted to open up that information so utility companies and contractors can get the most out of their tools.”

Using the Gator Eye and the accompanying software, users can create operation logs, in the form of PDF documents that include detailed work information such as operating pressure, number of crimps and battery information.

“This means that contractors and utility companies can do their jobs, and have documentation to prove that their tools performed correctly. It means that users can differentiate their services by providing accountability.”

Gator Eye also can be used to set maintenance intervals and add user-identifiable information, which Greenlee points out is useful for inventory management.

Gator Eye software is available here.

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