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Be Smart, Be Integrated For Maximum Productivity - Author Sean Fitzgerald

Created Mar 04 2016, 6:00 AM by Clare McFarlane

Integrating Plant Communications

BE SMART, BE INTEGRATED
HOW TO KEEP PRODUCTION LINES MOVING

It’s tough out there. Increasing pressure to hit production targets in a highly competitive global market. The ever present spectre of unplanned downtime. Skill shortages and rising overtime costs. How do today’s manufacturers improve performance, optimise resources and run their operation efficiently? By integrating plant communications, that’s how.

UP TO 20% OF PROFITS LOST DUE TO UNPLANNED DOWNTIME1

The facts speak for themselves. Downtime is the nemesis of production managers. Whether it’s due to failed machinery or worker injury, downtime creates missed deadlines, lost revenue and unhappy customers. And the longer you take to respond to downtime, the worse the impact is.

The key therefore is to react fast. But how? By making sure workers have access to real-time information. If machinery fails or a worker falls ill, the right people need to know right away. They need to spot the problem immediately and put an action plan in place to get the production line up and running without delay.

ALMOST 50% OF MANUFACTURERS SAY DIGITAL RADIOS REDUCE DOWNTIME BY 10 - 20%2

The secret is to integrate plant communications. To give workers the information they need, when and where they need it. To extend traditional communications beyond just human interaction so people are not just linked to people but also to machines and processes. By integrating and targeting voice and data communications, reactivity can be increased and response times reduced.

Digital two-way radios are increasingly being used across manufacturing plants to do just that. Coverage is wider and voice quality clearer than traditional communications. Battery life is longer and with digital technology, workers can benefit from advanced safety applications such as Lone Worker and Man Down. Access to real-time intelligence means everyone from technicians and drivers to supervisors and security staff is empowered to work more efficiently.

Whilst radios provide excellent lines of communication, today’s mobile workforce creates an even bigger obstacle for integrated communications that also needs to be addressed. A truly integrated workforce needs a communication infrastructure that connects everyone, regardless of where they are and what device they are using. WAVE Work Group Communications is the bridge that overcomes this problem. An interoperable application that doesn’t care if workers use a radio, smart phone, laptop, landline or tablet - no one is beyond reach, everyone is integrated.

Today’s forward-thinking manufacturers are discovering that with improved collaboration comes faster problem resolution and better productivity. Despite the inevitable disruptions that occur, machinery runs at full speed for longer, targets are met, costs are reduced, future orders are protected and customer expectations exceeded.

READ THE 'KEEPING PRODUCTION MOVING WITH INTEGRATED PLANT COMMUNICATIONS' whitepaper and see how you can optimise production by connecting your workforce.

Keeping Production Moving with Integrated Plant Communications

If you’d like to join the conversation about communication in hazardous environments, we’d be delighted to welcome you to the Motorola Solutions Community EMEA LinkedIn Group.

Sean Fitzgerald
Sean Fitzgerald, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager, Motorola Solutions
Connect with Sean on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sean-fitzgerald/1/705/4a0

1
Costs of Downtime in the Manufacturing Industry, eMaint Enterprises, December 2014
22015 Study: Innovations in Plant Communications, Motorola Solutions