From https://www.stdtime.com You probably already know that one of the primary things Standard Time® is used for is to scan barcodes on the shop-floor in manufacturing to start and stop timer and collect time and materials.
Let’s go into this Scan Barcodes view and get a look at how it might work by actually scanning some barcode labels. But the first thing you might be asking is - where do I get the actual labels to scan? It turns out you can create those right in Microsoft Word®. What I’ve done here is typed in some text and then go up to the Font menu and chose the ID Automation font. Out they come on the printer and ready to scan in Standard Time.
Let’s go ahead and start by scanning a user name and then a job and then a task. A timer has now started so let’s deduct some inventory from stock. Now the person can go off, start the work they do and when they come back, they would scan the word Stop. It is now asking me for a quantity, which I’ll scan in, and I’ve just collected time and materials with just a few scans.
If the employee goes off on a break or lunch and comes back and wants to start the same task; they could then scan their user name and then scan Restart Last Job and the timer would restart. Very nice, very simple and easy to use on the shop-floor.
While we’re in this view I’d like to draw your attention to just a few more things. Let’s go ahead and start by this little icon in the upper left corner. I click it and up pops a little menu of things you can do. The first thing I wanted to draw your attention to was Barcode Defaults. It turns out that you can set up some defaults for a scanning station so that people would scan less information; makes it a little easier. If you have a certain scanning station or tablet that is dedicated to a certain employee or a job or a task or certain values; you could setup those defaults here and then that person would not need to scan those.
The second thing I’ll draw your attention to in this view is Barcode Required Scans. You may remember that I had to scan a quantity. Will turns out that is just a required scan that I set up. This is a way for you to extend or add to the number of things that Standard Time will ask for when scanning on the shop-floor. I simply set up one for quantity and it then asks me how many items I produced. Very simple way to collect additional information.
The third thing I’ll draw your attention to from this view is a little stand-alone program called BC. Turns out you can collect all this time and materials with a little stand-alone program that you can deploy to tables or laptops or small scanning stations on the shop-floor. Instead of the full Standard Time program. Employees would simply scan and that is all they can do within the BC program.
There you have it. Very simple way to collect time and materials and other information on the shop-floor for manufacturing with barcode labels.
From https://www.stdtime.com In previous videos you may recall that we took a look at general navigation within Standard Time® and the icons that you see here in the Home and Home (All Views). And that we went into the Project Assistant to create new jobs or projects or work orders and tasks. This video will take a deeper look into projects and project tasks.
Let’s go ahead and start by clicking on the Projects icon. You’ll notice a list of all the jobs in the system at this time and you may notice that jobs are broken down by folder and some cases sub-folders. And that the icons look different depending on whether the job is active or inactive. And you may recall that you can double click to open up the properties of each job on the right-hand side.
Turns out you can also filter this view by opening up the filter and choosing options from the left-hand side. Multiple options will reduce the list even more and you can click the x button to go back to your original list.
Now let’s take a look at project tasks. Go over to the Home (All Views) and then into the Project Tasks icon. You’ll see a list of all the tasks in the system. Remember you can click to show the properties on the right-hand side. You’ll notice that jobs are broken down by subproject and by task. You can scan barcode labels with these tasks names to start and stop a timer; or enter time directly into the timesheet where you will see the same project tasks.
This lets you perform some project management. There are a lot of other things you can do with project tasks, including resource allocation and employee available. But we’ll get into those in a later video. By way of review, you would normally start by going to the Project Assistant to create or duplicate jobs which will add new items to your list of projects and project tasks.
Go ahead and get started with this, create some new jobs and tasks. In later videos we’ll take a look at other things you can do with project tasks. Including looking out into the future to see where jobs might be slotted for production or where employees may take on new jobs. And to see their employee availability into the future.
From https://www.stdtime.com One of the things you soon discover about Standard Time® is that it is all about projects and jobs and work orders. Those projects are normally jobs that come into your shop or organization and your employees would track time and materials to them. You as a manager or administrator would perform some project management. Slotting them for production and getting them ready for your employees. This video will go into creating new projects in Standard Time.
You’ve probably seen this icon either in the File menu or the Tools menu or any of the Home pages. Let’s go ahead and click the icon and create a new job. Up pops an assistant with the steps I’ll follow. Click next; you have the option to duplicate an existing job and all the tasks or to create a new job and new tasks or to simply add tasks to an existing job.
I’ll go ahead a choose an existing job because I want the tasks in that job. Click next; I don’t have to enter the tasks because those will be duplicated. Click next then choose an existing client to bill time and materials to. Next and then finish. My job shows up on the left-hand side. This popup is asking if I want to require everyone to scan barcodes or enter time into the timesheet for these project tasks. The answer to this question is normally yes but I will choose no here, you should normally click yes here.
My job shows up here, double click, properties are on the right and I’ll change the work order number. Now I am ready to begin tracking time in the timesheet or with barcodes. I’ve got a ready-made list of tasks that came from that other job. Click one, properties show up on the right-hand side where I can perform some project management. Or set up the properties for this job.
Let’s go over to Home (All Views) and see a list of all the jobs that are currently in Standard Time. The list is here on the left, this is the job I just created with properties on the right. You can right click on any job and see a context menu for all the things you can do with that job. When you’re finished with a job you probably should go over to the active choice and change this to No, I’ll double click-that changes it to No and you notice the icon is gray. I’ve just decommissioned this project.
There you have it. Very simple way to create a new job in Standard Time. In future videos we will go into tracking time and materials to jobs including scanning barcodes to start and stop a timer and entering time and materials into a timesheet.
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!
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!
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.