Understanding the Benefits of Synchronized Time Systems at Manufacturing Facilities

Understanding the Benefits of Synchronized Time Systems at Manufacturing Facilities

Sticking to a clear schedule is an important facet of almost every working atmosphere, and this holds especially true for manufacturing facilities. Primex synchronized time solutions are engineered to strengthen efficiency and timeliness in any facility.

Manufacturing’s Effects on the National Economy

Manufacturing buildings are essential to commerce, both nationally and globally, as manufacturing drives economic growth by impressive ratios: for example, for every dollar invested in the manufacturing process, the U.S. economy sees a return of $2.68. In 2020, the U.S. exported $1.171 trillion dollars’ worth of goods manufactured here.

In addition to boosting the economy, manufacturing firms contribute heavy to general employment levels, and in the U.S., manufacturing jobs are on the rise. From February 2022 to March 2022, the number of jobs in manufacturing increased by 38,000, and after 11 straight months of expansion, brought the total number of manufacturing workers in the U.S. to 12.66 million. According to Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, this number will only continue to grow; they predict an additional 4 million workers will likely be needed by 2030.

U.S. manufacturing also helps to drive innovation, boost support for research and development, and is even a key player in reducing trade deficits, with other countries.

Using Synchronized Time to Optimize Manufacturing Processes

Given that manufacturing is essential to the welfare of the U.S. economy and the prediction of an increasing amount of workers in the industry, it’s vital that manufacturing plants are operating on reliable, synchronized time in order to:

  • Maximize efficiency and streamline production
    When employees are able to trust that every clock works reliably and displays a consistent time, production schedules become routine, encouraging higher levels of productivity. Reliable timekeeping also eliminates time lost to stopped clocks, making for less disruptions to tight schedules.
  • Keep staff on time for meetings, breaks, and shift changes
    If every clock across a large facility is functioning differently, this makes it difficult to coordinate exact meeting times. By implementing synchronized time, managers are able to eliminate uncertainty about start times and help employees rely on any timepiece in the building. Furthermore, a reliable time system ensures shift changes happen on time, reducing the chances of overworked staff as well as the amount of accidental overtime pay.
  • Meeting time commitments for product creation
    To put it simply: time is money! Time spent not focused on work tasks adds up, and can potentially hurt production output and subsequently hurt profits. Plus, manufacturing plants are often evaluated on how well they meet necessary deadlines like shipping dates and meeting production quotas — synchronized time can help with this!

Primex OneVue® Solutions for Facilities

Primex offers a variety of solutions through OneVue Sync™ portfolio that can help any facility realize these benefits. With a reliable time system, facility leaders will never have to worry about unsynchronized clocks again. As there are a variety of different sizes of digital and analog clocks available, and because digital clocks feature LED technology, timepieces can easily be seen within any size manufacturing facility — eliminating a common problem in larger spaces!

OneVue Sync is available in three different technologies, all of which are designed for an easy installation process and built to function no matter the configuration or materials that make up a facility. These technologies include:

  • Wireless 72 MHz
    A OneVue Sync Transmitter receives time from a GPS or Network Time Protocol server and wirelessly transmits a patented, low-frequency 72 MHz signal that communicates time to all clocks within a facility or throughout a multibuilding campus. The longer wavelength allows for a greater level of penetration through denser building materials, which helps to ensure synchronized time reaches all areas.
  • Wireless Bluetooth® Low Energy
    A OneVue Sync Bridge communicates to the cloud-based OneVue software to acquire a time signal before distributing that signal to all clocks connected to a Bluetooth Low Energy mesh network.
  • Wired Power Over Ethernet
    For a wired option, OneVue Sync PoE network clocks utilize existing cables to acquire time from an NTP server and proliferate that time signal through a powered cable to all connected clocks, therefore ensuring synchronized time.

For further optimization in the aspect of communication and scheduling in manufacturing facilities, OneVue Notify® InfoBoard™ displays can exhibit easy-to-see critical visual messages throughout a series of displays across a campus, making it simple to spread vital safety information, notable events, or even notify workers of shift changes.

Choosing Primex for Facilitywide Time Synchronization

It’s clear that manufacturing is essential to both national and global commerce. For this reason, being on time within those facilities is vital to increasing efficiency, keeping staff on schedule, and meeting deadline commitments. To fortify each of these facets within your facility, consider using the Primex OneVue Sync timekeeping solution.

For more information about how to implement OneVue solutions in your facility, contact us today!

June 1, 2022
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