Things You Get By Scanning Barcodes

Ever wonder what you could get from scanning barcodes on the shop floor? What are the advantages? Would it help your business? Is it worthwhile?

The video below shows sixteen things you get by scanning four barcodes. Here are the four barcodes you would scan to get these things:

  1. Employee name
  2. Task name
  3. Employee name again, after the task is finished
  4. The word STOP

Can I use any of the sixteen results of barcode scanning?

Those four barcodes will give you at least sixteen results. Can you use all sixteen? Maybe. Can you use one or two of the sixteen? Quite likely. Which ones? Watch the video a few times, and write them down. Now you’re on the right track.

So you’ve decided you can use a few of these. Good. But how much time and money will they save? Well, the next question you’ve got to ask yourself is this:

How much of your process is manual?

In other words, can you replace some of your manual processes with automated ones? For instance, could you replace manual handwritten communication with scans? Could you replace verbal communication with a shop floor status window? Could you replace manual payroll entry with exported time logs? Could you replace verbal work order tasks with barcoded tasks?

The list goes on.

If you’re like most manufacturing or engineering shops, you can likely replace a dozen manual processes with automated ones. So… grab a notepad and start writing. Write down the manual things you do now. Then write down the automated results from this video. Now connect the dots. Watch the video ten times if you have to. But make sure you identify all your manual operations.

Here’s the video. Good luck. 🙂


Five Timesheet Features

More than a timesheet! 5 features to make time keeping even easier.  (scroll down for video)

  1. Project task list
  2. Time log list
  3. Expense and mileage tracking
  4. Customizable invoice templates
  5. Request PTO and other time off

Project task list.  This timesheet has a full project hierarchy.  That means you have projects, subprojects, and tasks.  Each task has estimates, actual work, percent complete, and a Gantt bar.

Time log list.  Actually, the time log contains the same information as the timesheet.  It’s just organized differently for ease of use.

Expense and mileage tracking.  You can enter expenses on a one-off basis, plus enter quantities of expenses or miles using a template.

Customizable invoice templates.  Create your own client invoice templates with your own logo and company style.

Request PTO and other time off.  Employees can submit time off requests, plus the system will accrue hours for vacation and other time off

What do you think?  Is that more than a timesheet?  🙂

Interview: Time Tracking App

Smartphones have changed the way people can enter their time onto their timesheet. Consultants can  take their phone out into the field and record their time, it then goes into the cloud and is recorded.

Also clients are able to follow the progress done on their projects with Project Bot. They log in with their own ID and follow along. No longer do they have to call the office for the updates!

Timesheet Tasks

With the Standard Time® timesheet see only the projects and tasks you’re working on. You don’t have to wade through all your coworkers stuff, only your own!

Manager nearly loses his spine

This project manager went to the doctor for his annual checkup and nearly lost his spine!

Beware, Project Managers!

This can happen to you.  Go to the doctor with a headache from your over-budget project, and lose your spine.  Hope you enjoy the lighter side of project management.  🙂

What happens when your project is over budget by 12X?  You go to the doctor with a splitting headache.  Or what happens when all the employees are camping out on the easy tasks and ditching the crap?  Schedule your appointment.  The doctor will see you now!