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Standard Time® 2022 Overview: Home Page Commands

From https://www.stdtime.com For those looking for another overview of Standard Time® 2022, this is actually the second video. The first one we looked at navigation and commands. This one will take a slightly deeper dive into the commands that you see on the Home and Home (All Views) pages. You may remember the Home and Home (All Views) commands in the previous video, here we’ll just look at the icons or commands.

I’ll draw your attention to these sections along the left-hand side. If you go to the Home page, click on any plus symbol you’ll see those same sections and the same icons next to them. Where you can create your own launch screen.

Or use the Home (All Views) with pre-installed icons. Let’s go ahead and take a look at each of these commands. The first few are just for learning more about Standard Time. Then we come to licenses which are required for each employee who uses Standard Time. Running reports for time and materials, scanning barcodes to start and stop the timer, creating new projects, jobs, work orders, the employees under their work groups, clients or customers that you’ll bill time and materials to, kinds of work you perform, upcoming tasks that may be shown in a 30-day calendar. Your inventory in stock or bill of materials and billing clients for time and materials.

The timesheet is actually a grid with Monday-Sunday columns that employees can enter time into if they’re not scanning barcodes. Time Logs is very similar, just a list of all records that may be shown on a calendar or a chart with bars for periods like day, week, month and so on. Expenses or materials are similar, may be shown on a calendar or chart. Time Off is for vacation, sick, personnel, comp time and the accrual of hours for employees. They may be shown on a calendar or also on a chart.

Work in Progress is a dashboard that shows the status of all your jobs that are currently in progress; maybe on the shop-floor or out in the field. The status of Employees and the jobs and tasks that they’re currently working on.

Out into the future for work load and employee availability to take on new jobs. Also, into the future would be Project Revenue. Billing Rates for your time and materials for invoicing. Holidays for upcoming time off. Scripts that are used to enhance Standard Time, integration with Microsoft Project® and QuickBooks® and finally templates for materials you may use on a regular basis.

You can go over to the Home page, click on any plus symbol and add icons to create your own custom launch screen; just click and go. Or use the preinstalled icons in the Home (All Views). That is an overview of Standard Time 2022. I’ll urge you to go out and look at that previous video that shows the navigation and commands. And also to go out and download and take a look for yourself. Good luck!

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Standard Time® 2022 Overview

See more at: https://www.stdtime.com. For those of you wanting an overview of Standard Time® 2022 here it is. You can actually download it. It is included in Standard Time 2021 and you can download today and begin using it. I’m going to give just a very brief overview of the navigation, the icons, the commands that you see here.

In other videos we’ll get deeper into each of these areas of the program. But for now, just a very brief overview.

Let’s start with the Home ribbon here. You see two home icons, Home and Home (All Views). The Home page allows you to click and ad icons to create a customized launching off page. The same thing is true of the Home (All Views) except that the icons are preinstalled and you can simply click and go.

Let’s go ahead and take a look at each of the ribbons here, and the commands in there. And to give you a flavor and overview of what’s in Standard Time 2022.

Start with the File menu, you have Database that allow you to connect to a database or perform operations on a database. You can log into Standard Time with your employee name, you can print the active content out to the printer or print preview. The active content can be refreshed every so many number of minutes to keep it up to date.

You can create new jobs, projects, work orders and tasks. Import records like time and materials from another system. And then export out to Excel, Word and other file formats. There are program options that you may want to set here. You can learn more about Standard Time, go to the website, see the version of Standard Time the copyright notice. And then here, exit the program.

Back up to the Home ribbon, again we have the Home icon and the Home (All Views). You can also refreshthe active content, whatever you’re looking at, at this time. Search any view. Again, learn more about Standard Time. Log in to Standard Time with your username or change your password.

Up in the insert menu you can create new jobs, projects, work orders, time log records, tasks that you might perform work on or scan; materials that you might incur during execution of a job. Time off requests are for vacations, sick, comp time and for the accrual of hours. You can bill your client for time and materials, set up a template for materials that you might incur frequently.

The Timer menu lets you start your own timer or scan barcodes to start and stop the timer; stop your timer or create a new time log record.

The Tools ribbon lets you create a new job or project, work order, customers to bill time and materials to. View your organizational layout with work groups and employees. The type of work you do, approving time and expenses for other employees. And then you have integration for Microsoft® Project®, QuickBooks® and scripts that you might write to enhance Standard Time.

The Reports menu you have list of all your stock reports or you can open a report from any location. Publish custom reports from a file server and schedule any report to run on a periodic basis.

The View menu has the same Home and Home (All Views) choices. You can restore all the views back to defaults. You can look at the properties for any selected item that you may have clicked on. Filter the data that you see and then adjust or alter the settings for any view.

That’s pretty much it. That is an overview of Standard Time 2022. You can download, take a look at it right now and I hope you like it!

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Use barcodes on your assembly line

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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!

 

From https://www.stdtime.com/barcode.htm Learn barcode time tracking for manufacturing

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Barcode Your Assembly Line

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Track Manufacturing Hours Anywhere

From https://www.stdtime.com/barcode.htm Track manufacturing hours using our barcode software

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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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