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Factory Floor Time Tracking Improvements

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Manufacturing Shop Floor Automation with Alexa

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Hello, My name is Ray White, and I’m a manufacturing barcoding expert!

Today I’m going to demonstrate an inexpensive way to perform shop floor automation using Alexa, and Standard Time, and barcodes. You’ve heard of The Internet of Things, or IoT, right? Well, this is it!

I’m going to scan some barcodes that will instruct Alexa to turn on shop devices. Actually, these barcodes could be used to tell Alexa to do almost anything. As you know, she has an enormous number of things she can do. The list grows daily!

Now, if Google Home is your thing. Everything you see here will work with Google.

Let’s take a look at what I’ve got on my little “Standard Time barcoding station.” The items on this table, beside the tablet, will cost you about $100. We’ve got:

1. A used Alexa device: $25

2. A few Wi-Fi enabled plugs: $25

3. A low-cost computer speaker: $15

4. A junction box: $15 Don’t spend a lot on the Alexa device. You can get older devices from eBay or Amazon. They work just fine.

5. And of course, a tablet running Standard Time, or BC, for barcode scanning

I’m going to scan barcodes into Standard Time, which will play prerecorded messages on this speaker. Alexa will “hear” the messages and perform those tasks.

We’ll tuck the speaker and the Alexa device into this junction box to eliminate outside noise and block Alexa’s response. It’s a nice, tidy arrangement.

Standard Time can map any barcode label to a prerecorded message. I’ve set up a few scannable scripts to play these messages on the speaker. I’ve got:

1. One message to turn on device #1

2. Another to turn off device #1

3. And two others for device #2 (on and off)

You might ask, why not just skip the barcodes, and tell Alexa to do things yourself. Well first off, the computer never forgets. Operators may forget what comes next, or forget to tell Alexa altogether. The computer doesn’t. Next… your Alexa commands may be numerous, or dependent upon the last task performed. Scripts can handle all these situations. It’s much easier than yelling commands across the shop floor. Just let the computer do it.

Okay, ready? Here we go!

It’s like magic, right! So how does it work?

It all starts with Standard Time, which is a manufacturing shop floor job tracker, which you normally use to track jobs, and employees, and inventory on the shop floor. But here, we’re scanning some custom scripts that, in this case, are playing prerecorded messages. Scripts are just one of many things you can scan.

Each one of my scripts in Standard Time plays one sound file from this hard drive. Alexa hears the sound and does her work. Simple!

Turns out, scripts can do a lot more than this. They can send emails. Reorder products. Set job status. Alter manufacturing steps. Alert managers. Lots of things!

Now, it probably goes without saying… Do not use this technique to turn on dangerous equipment. Do not turn on saws, or presses, or plasma cutters. That’s a very bad idea. I cannot stress this enough… bad idea!

Keep it simple, and limit this technique to non-harmful devices. A few interesting applications come to mind. • Air compressors or vacuums • Lights • Heaters • Cleanup robots • Conveyor belts or doors • Whatever you want to automate, it can be done

If you haven’t taken a look at Standard Time, now’s your chance. Go out to the website and download. And let me know if you need help setting up a rig like this. I’ll be glad to assist.

See y’all next time!

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Learn Barcode Time Tracking Here!

 

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Barcode Your Assembly Line

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Track Manufacturing Hours Anywhere

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Barcode Scanner on a Stand for Manufacturing

See more at: https://www.stdtime.com. I am going to unbox and setup this barcode scanner. And show you how you can us it on the shop-floor, in manufacturing with just a tablet and some barcode labels. To track time for employees, work orders, inventory all sorts of other things. You’ll notice this is the type of barcode scanner that is on a stand; which means you can simply pass the barcode labels under the scanner and it will automatically scan without pressing a button, which reduces some of the mishandling. Any time you pick up a barcode scanner and start scanning with it you have the potential of dropping it or mishandling or getting it dirty and breaking the device. The stand reduces some of that. Simply pass it under, automatically scan. I am going to go ahead and unbox, get started, show you how you can use in manufacturing on your shop-floor.

I’ve got the barcode scanner unboxed, set up and connected to a tablet over USB. This might be a typical scanning station for Standard Time®. We’ve got a $100 tablet and $40 scanner so we’re under $150. The information comes through the scanner, through the USB, into the tablet and then over WIFI to a server. So that managers and supervisors and dashboards that you might have on the shop-floor, update immediately.

Watch how easy it is to scan. I’m going to scan an employee name. Simply pass it under and it accepts. Now a job and a task. That’s all it takes to start a timer and let your manager know you’re working on this job at this time. When you complete you can come back and scan stop and that would stop the timer. That gives you a starting time and a stop time for every piece of work you do regardless of which job your working on. You can also scan inventory, materials, other things right here on this simple scanning station. The information goes directly into a server and the managers have it immediately. Very simple and easy.

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Track Manufacturing Machine Runtime Hours

From http://www.stdtime.com/barcode.htm Humans and machines can work together - track employee time with barcodes. Measure machine hours and employee hours. Learn which machines are used the most. Track employee hours on machines.
 
 
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Track Time For Machines on the Shop Floor

From http://www.stdtime.com/barcode.htm Operating machines on the shop-floor? Track them with barcodes.

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Shop Floor Barcoding with RCA Cambio Tablet

From http://www.stdtime.com I am going to introduce you a nice little Windows 10 tablet. That you can use in manufacturing, on the shop-floor to track employee time, work orders, job status, work in progress, inventory materials, all sorts of stuff. Just with a barcode scanner.

This is the RCA Cambio but you can use any Windows 10 tablet and a barcode scanner. We’re gonna go ahead and take a look at this little Cambio today. So, let’s unbook it and take a look.

Let’s unbox the little Cambio and see what you get. It’s like Christmas! Little charger. You don’t get much but you don’t pay much either. That’s it. Nice little 10” screen and detachable keyboard, virtual keyboard on Windows 10 or snap it back on with the magnets. Lots of peripheral ports, full sized USB. Standard Time has a little app called BC that you can use to track time with barcode scanners on the shop-floor. That’s what you would use for little tables like this with only two gigs of RAM. Let’s go ahead and plug it in and do some barcode scanning.

We’ve got the little Cambio turned on and ready to scan. You can think of this environment as a manufacturers set-up. You’ve got your full Standard Time here with all the administrative screens for managers and supervisors who might set up new jobs and tasks. Then you’ve got a WIP screen for work in progress on the shop-floor, usually on big screens so that all the employees can look up and see the jobs that are in progress. Then you have little Windows 10 tablets, like this little Cambio, that has just two gigs of RAM for barcode scanning. You can deploy one of these for each employee or one for a number of employees to share.

Let me show you how it works. I’m going to start by scanning user name of the employee, a job and then lastly and task. Now that I’ve scanned those a timer will start and that timer will show up on the administrative screens and the WIP screen. You can have one timer for each employee as they’re working. They start and stop the timers throughout the day and you get the time for reporting and you’re KPI’s on the administrative screen.

I really like this little Cambio. It’s inexpensive and easy to use. I hope you really like it!

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