Wireless Communication Technology for Manufacturing
In manufacturing, communication is both a lifeline that ensures safety and a toll for greater efficiency and productivity. But as communication technology continues to transition from legacy analog hardware to integrated digital solutions, what does it mean for your production line and your workforce? What investments should you make today and how should you prepare for tomorrow’s technology advances?
Radio communication remains a critical foundation for manufacturing communications. However, technology has changed the way we communicate. Rather than replacing two-way radios, technology advances have made it even more essential as a reliable, rugged, and direct connection.
There’s virtually no area of a plant where using two-way radios doesn’t improve throughput and productivity: enhancing employees’ ability to collaborate and act on real-time information. Digital two-way radios deliver better coverage and clearer voice – essential for noisy environments with internal barriers and obstructions.
We understand the reality that plant communication systems need to be specific to the industrial and manufacturing industry. The factory floor can be loud and chaotic. It’s why the radios we offer for manufacturing businesses have the same specialized features as the radios we offer for fire and police first responders – such as noise-canceling technology and Intelligent Audio. MOTOTRBO™ digital radios monitor background noise and automatically adjust the speaker volume, so plant workers don’t have to. Wireless accessories and noise-canceling headsets enable them to interact freely, while protecting their hearing. Unreliable communications can hurt safety and operational efficiency, but when you rely on MOTOTRBO, you have "always-available" communications to help teams work more safely and efficiently than ever.
The backbone of integrated plant communications is the MOTOTRBO digital two-way radio platform. This complete, flexible, and adaptable manufacturing communication solution includes two-way digital radios, accessories, applications, systems, and support services. MOTOTRBO interconnects personnel and equipment to help plants streamline production, automate processes, manage risk and respond to customers quickly.
MOTOTRBO seamlessly integrates voice, data, text messaging and GPS to help resolve equipment issues and reduce unplanned downtime faster. Employees communicate and collaborate more efficiently and effectively, wherever they work. All while protecting their safety and enhancing overall productivity.
Make your plant safer and more efficient by adding applications to customize your MOTOTRBO digital radio system. Apps enable your employees to boost productivity, reduce downtime and enhance worker safety in noisy, fast-paced environments.
A few of the most popular applications ERS Wireless deploys for complete manufacturing plant communication systems
Alarms and Alerts
Connect your production line directly to your people. Alarm and alert applications allow you to see the status of your machines directly on your radio.
Enhances the safety of workers by monitoring movement. Man-Down triggers an emergency alert when a radio remains still for a period of time so operators can identify when a worker has become incapacitated and call for assistance.
Work Order Ticketing
Prioritizes personnel and creates efficient workflows. Work order ticketing helps resolve issues fast, enhances the efficiency of personnel responding to issues and coordinates maintenance. It also helps generate reports to ensure efficient workflows.
WAVE™ Push-To-Talk Application
Virtually everyone – from the smallest workshop to the largest manufacturing plant – can benefit from Push-To-Talk (PTT) technology across their entire operation. The two-way radio PTT experience delivers instant communications to connect and empower your workforce.
Leverage the resources you already have to communicate with employees on their own devices. WAVE extends your radio’s reach to those who may not carry radios. Now, the IT director at a convention or the supervisor away from the plant can talk on their smart phones with radio users at the plant.
WAVE connects to virtually any device – smart phones, laptops, tablets, and landlines – on any public or private mobile data network, including Wi-Fi. You get seamless and secure connectivity, affordable push-to-talk, and the freedom to keep service plans and devices.
Manufacturing environments tend to create unique challenges, which can be caused by several issues including a facility’s construction materials which are made from concrete tilt-up walls, fabricated metal partitions, competing technologies, the expanse of the facility, lighting, and machinery. These building materials and equipment prevent cellular frequencies from passing in or out, creating wireless coverage dead zones inside the building. These variables can be detrimental to a successful wireless coverage solution, possibly resulting in increased timelines and cost.
We understand the pressures manufacturers have to enhance safety, minimize downtime and differentiate themselves from competitors. Maintaining a secure, robust, and dependable wireless network for your manufacturing facility plays a major part in achieving those goals and made easy with end-to-end broadband network solutions from ERS Wireless.
If your manufacturing facility has issues keeping pace with increasing Wi-Fi performance and security demands, ERS Wireless can help. We are a leading systems integrator specializing in wireless networking and security technologies and can help you build your ideal wireless campus for your current and future needs. We provide turnkey solutions backed by over 70 years of industry experience and a proven track record of success. We deliver scalable, affordable, high-performance wireless WLAN solutions for manufacturing.
Modern manufacturing and warehousing are both driven by real-time information, which is crucial to the efficiency of the facility. Staying connected on the factory floor can be challenging yet critical. When logistical information can't be transmitted through your large facility, errors and mistakes increase, accidents become more likely, and production grinds to a halt.
Distributed Antenna Systems
We have extensive experience providing specialized in-building wireless solutions for the Manufacturing & Industrial sector. Our Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) solutions amplify radio frequency and cellular signals inside large buildings and facilities as well as sprawling industrial complexes and campus environments. We offer DAS solutions for many types of Manufacturing & Industrial facilities including industrial and light manufacturers, suppliers, logistics, and distribution centers, warehouses, storage facilities, and processors.
Active DAS consists of a wide network of antennas that are connected to the base station using fiber, ethernet and coaxial cabling. These antennas collect the signal from the participating carrier network and send it to the base station, where the signals are enhanced and then redistributed to deliver solid wireless coverage throughout an indoor facility or outdoor location for cellular, public safety, WLAN and wireless Internet applications. There are two types of DAS systems – Outdoor DAS (oDAS) and Indoor DAS (iDAS).
With ERS Wireless’ extensive knowledge and over 70 years of wireless experience, we can provide the seamless indoor and outdoor wireless coverage you need. We provide a turnkey DAS solution that includes system design and project management; coordination with federal, state and local agencies; RF planning and drive tests with service providers; installation and system testing; and system monitoring and maintenance.
When dealing with a downtime situation, the last thing on your mind should be the functionality and performance of your communications. ERS Wireless Managed Service provides a convenient and reliable approach to supporting and managing your communications.
With our Managed Service Plan, there is minimal upfront cost, and you pay for your “Solution as a Service” over time, while having guaranteed uptime.
ERS Wireless is a Motorola Solutions Platinum Channel Partner and Premier Service Partner. We offer the full line of Motorola Solutions wireless voice, data and video products, and the services to support those products. For over 70 years, we have been helping businesses and public safety agencies implement wireless communication systems that help them keep staff connected, raise productivity, streamline operations and improve overall safety. We have Indiana offices in Bloomington, Columbus, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo and Ligonier and Kentucky offices in Lexington and Louisville.
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Radio vs. Cell Phone: Why Radios Beat Phones in the Manufacturing Industry
Meet Mike and Bob, two Manufacturing leaders facing a problem on the manufacturing floor. One is equipped with a two-way radio, purpose-built for this workplace and its needs; the other is equipped with a cell phone. Watch to see who wins.