Put an RFID tag on every product. That will allow you to track it through the production process. (scroll down for video)
RFID tags cost about ten cents in volume, and one cent in really high volume. That makes them affordable enough to stick onto every product on the shop floor. Or have you already done that? In any case, now that you have them, you can track the time each product spends in production.
Scan once to start a timer
Scan again to stop the timer
Guess what? Now you have timestamps for every time you touched that unit. Add them up and you know the exact handling time. Here are some thing you could track:
Barcoding is easy. Just slap a barcode or RFID on every box. If that box holds materials, you’re tracking what’s used in manufacturing. If that box holds a product, you’re tracking time spent manufacturing and developing it. Easy. Scroll down for the video below.
Barcodes and RFID tags let you collect these ten things:
The time each employee spends on the factory floor or the warehouse
The time each product takes to manufacture, package, and ship
The time each task takes
The time you spend on each kind of work
How many items pass through your assembly line, building, department, or whole operation
How many times you touch a single item
The times of day you’re doing most of the work
The materials you’re putting into products
The expenses you’re incurring
The percent complete each product is currently at
Wouldn’t you like to have that information? If so, watch this video and then go out to www.stdtime.com/barcode.htm. You’ll find resources to help. To start, you’ll see the very basics of time tracking with RFID and barcode labels. Then, you’ll step up to more advanced techniques that let you collect time and materials, and use percent gauges to motivate employees to finish up jobs quickly.