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Bossard SmartTool

May 30, 2024
April 26, 2024

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In this article, you will learn how to connect a Bossard SmartTool to ELAM via a Smart Work Assistant client Wi-Fi. Initially, the SmartTool establishes a Wi-Fi connection directly to the SWA5 Client Wi-Fi. A Bossard SmartTool controller is preinstalled on the SWA, via which ELAM activates and deactivates the tool.

NOTE: ELAM only supports Bossard SmartTools with firmware version or higher. If you use a SmartTool with a lower firmware version, correct communication between ELAM and the tool cannot be ensured.

Technical requirements

To use Bossard SmartTool, you need at least the following hardware:

  • SWA5 Mini Client Wi-Fi  or a SWA5 Client Wi-Fi

Download Bossard SmartTool-Manager

In order for the BossardSmart Tool to connect to your SWA5 client WiFi, you must first configure the network settings and active the external control unit function for your SmartTool. For this, you need the Bossard SmartTool-Manager application.

Download  Bossard SmartTool Manager:

NOTE: The Bossard SmartTool-Manager application can only be used on a Windows operating system.

Activate external control

To enable the SmartTool to be controlled via ELAM Solutions, you must activate the external control.

Log in as Administrator User in your Bossard SmartTool-Manager application with the follow user and password:

  • User: Administrator
  • Password: Admin
  1. Click on general
  2. Click on process control
  3. Select external control unit the inside enable over
  4. Click on the button write, to save your setup

Network Setup

  1. Connect the SmartTool to your computer using the USB cable provided.
  2. Start the Bossard SmartTool Manager application
  3. Log in with the following user and password:
  4. User: Network administrator
  5. Password: Instand

4. click on the Read button

During readout, all settings and information of the SmartTool are read out.

Check that the firmware version is at least or higher.

5. click on the button Settings

Enter the following information in the WLAN tab:

  • Authentication type: WPA + WPA2
  • SSID: SWA + (serial number of your Smart Work Assistant, with separator. You can find the serial number on the label of the SWA).
  • Example: SWA-3294-2022-0222
  • Network key: Serial number of the SWA
  • Example: 3294-2022-0222
  • Region: Europe
  • Band: 2.4 GhZ (No 5GhZ support)
  • Transmit power: 17 dBm / 50mW
  • Channel list: auto

In the IPv4 tab, enter the following information:

  • Network protocol: TCP
  • DHCP: off / disabled (no support)
  • Own IP address: 10.42.0.  10 (  Last digit must be unique per SmartTool if you use multiple tools. The first three digits are the IP address range of the SWA).
  • Server IP address: (default IP address of a SWA with WiFi)
  • Subnet mask: (standard subnet mask of a SWA with WiFi)
  • Default gateway:
  • 1st port: 8000-8xxx (SmartTool port range)
  • 2nd port: 30123 (standard port of a SWA with WiFi)

Enter the following information in the Telegrams tab:

  • Send telegram: TG2 (only supported)
  • Send All IO / NIO: disabled
  • Send data: all disabled
  • Division factor: 1
  • Enter spool: enabled
  • Trials: 10
  • Period: 1.00 [s]
  • Block until response: disabled
  • Abort telegram: enabled
  • Live Bit Time: 3.00 Seconds.

9. click on the button to write and apply the settings in SmartTool

Plug in the supplied battery and wait until the WiFi connection is established with WLAN OK status.

NOTE: If the connection is successful, a WiFi icon and the text "WLAN OK" will appear on the tool's display. The tool is in disabled state until the tool is activated via ELAM.

WLAN antenna symbols in the display

Antenna symbols on the left in the tool. Possible display for WLAN connection.

  • Antenna green with waves: Remote station (SWA gateway) reachable. No errors or repetitions, gateway responds.
  • Antenna yellow with waves: Radio connection established. Remote station (SWA gateway) reachable with occasional errors (repetitions), gateway responds.
  • Antenna yellow without waves: Radio connection established. Remote station (SWA gateway) has not responded. There is still data in the SmartTool spool. Pressing the start button restarts the transmission of telegrams.
  • Antenna red with waves: Radio connection established. Remote station (SWA gateway) can be reached, no response from the gateway, no more retries.
  • Antenna red without waves: Remote station (SWA gateway) cannot be reached. No radio connection can be established.

Setup SmartTool in ELAM

As soon as a new BossardSmart tool connects to a Mini SWA client WiFi, the tool is automatically created in your ELAM cloud system. The tool appears in the ELAM administration under Structures > Tools on the Tool overview page.

You can recognize the new tool by the tool number of the SmartTool. The tool number is located on the display and back of the tool under the battery connector.

Step 1. Log in to ELAM Cloud and navigate to ELAM Administration.

Step 2. Click in the menu on Struktures > Tools

Step 3. On the Tool Overview page, your Bossard SmartTool should now show up with its unique serial number.

You should see the following view

Tool Overview - Show SmartTool ID

Step 4. Click on the tool to open the detail settings.

Step 5. Assign the tool to an existing station.

You should see the following view

Tool Settings - Assign Tool to a Station

Step 6. Save the settings.

Step 7. Done! Your SmartTool is now ready to be used in the ELAM system.

Control SmartTool with ELAM

Each tool is activated in the ELAM Assistant when you start a flowchart. Within a flowchart, you must use Tool Steps to control the tools.

Step 1. Click on Workflows > Flowcharts in the menu.

Step 2. Create a new flowchart or open an existing one.

Step 3. Drag a Tool TAF for bolting into your flowchart.

You should have the following view

Flowchart Editor - Create step template for fastening

Step 4. Select your step for the screw connection. To control the tool, you must enter the following information:

  • Tool Mode* - Required
  • Automatic - In automatic mode, ELAM automatically drives to a tool that exists at the station. (Especially suitable for stations where only one tool type is used)
  • Tag by Station - In Tag by Station mode, ELAM controls only one tool tag at the active station. (Especially suitable for parallel stations when the same tools are used)
  • Tag by System - In Tag by System mode, ELAM controls only one tool tag in the entire ELAM system. (Especially suitable when tools are shared between stations)
  • Quantity* Required
  • Integer - Specifies how often a screw connection with status OK is necessary.
  • Program number* Required
  • Integer - Specifies which program number is to be activated.

Step 5. Save the settings and release the flowchart.

Note: Make sure that the flowchart is assigned to a variant/station.

Step 6. Navigate to the ELAM Assistant and start the variant.

Step 7. Go up to the step for the screw connection.

Step 8. Your SmartTool should now be activated and you could screw.


My fastening values are not displayed live after a fastening, what can I do?
  • Setup you live bit time for your Tool to 3 seconds. This configuration ensure, that the tool won't lose the WiFi connection to the SWA.

My SmartTool cannot establish a WiFi connection, what can I do?
  1. Check if your SWA has an active Internet connection.  Read also this article how to connect to the Internet.  
  2. If SmartTool shows an Error Message on the display, it means that your network settings are not correct. Check your settings again and repeat the process.
  3. Make sure your SmartTool is in close proximity to the SWA first, as WiFi frequencies can be easily interfered with.
  4. Remove the battery and plug it back in to establish a new connection.