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From steel to computers, manufacturing companies have to stay connected. And for plant managers, assembly line supervisors, and many other personnel, today’s automation demands compliance with high-tech production procedures and techniques. To keep everything running smoothly, departmental information must be shared with everyone—shipping has to coordinate with production, production reports to management, and product development relies heavily on research data to stay ahead in the game.
An automotive factory sprawling over nearly 1,000 acres poses two fundamental communications challenges for its security, maintenance and emergency-response staffs: Metal machinery interferes with radio signals and ceilings block GPS signals, thwarting systems for tracking personnel. Managers of a Mercedes-Benz factory that opened in Hungary in 2012 needed a wireless network that could overcome these […]Read more →
Manufacturing is hard on our hearing. Machines rotate, pound, cut and grind, producing sound in ear-threatening volume. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) recommends that manufacturers design their machinery to produce less noise and protect the hearing of their workers. That’s all well and good, but some jobs are just going to get […]Read more →
Small manufacturers get hammered by forces beyond their control. Tight-fisted clients, whip-sawing commodities prices and margin-melting competition are just a few of their many challenges. One thing they can control is their employees’ ability to stay in constant communication to keep production humming at full capacity. As communications gear — from digital two-way radios to […]Read more →
Profitability evaporates the moment an assembly line goes down; every minute after that becomes a gift to the competition. So it’s no surprise why manufacturing managers are focused on limiting downtime. Time lost on the line generates costs at every link in the product chain, from shop floor to store rack. Picture a typical assembly […]Read more →