What is the Future of Manufacturing Communication?

Communication is an integral part of many industries, but nowhere is it more vital than in manufacturing. It’s essential not only for operations to run smoothly but also to ensure everyone remains safe at all times on the job.

One of the problems that is facing the word of manufacturing today when it comes to communication is a lack of integration. Because one communication device cannot do everything, many workers must manage and juggle multiple devices while on the job. They might need a smartphone for text messages and a tablet for other tasks, while two-way radios remain as popular as ever for communication among employees. In fact, the usage of radios has actually risen by 13 percent in the past few years despite the incredible advancement that technology has brought about.

For this reason, many firms are looking for innovative methods of streamlining their communications to make life easier for employees while still giving them the ability to reach everyone at all times safely and clearly.

Solving Everyday Problems

One potential solution to this problem is digital radio. This lends more functionality and better safety along with lower downtime and faster response times. In short, digital radios provide a mix of the best features offered by analog radios with the extra functions of smartphones. Another advantage of digital radios is that they can be programmed to suit a range of needs, such as by programming a button to send out emergency signals so help can be sent in a flash.

The ideal device would take this one step further, however, by integrating these functions with data collection and transmission capabilities. If staff could call each other using the same devices they use to log and track inventory via GPS or scan RFID tags, for example, manufacturing communications will reach unprecedented levels of efficiency.

This blog post was based off of an article from New Castle Systems. View the original here.

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