Factory Communication and Process Optimization

Wireless Call for Parts, Pickup, or Service

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Communicate Better, Improve Worker Productivity

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies are not just useful for optimizing machines. In fact, wireless technologies enable seamless interaction among human workers as well, and can have a significant impact on the efficiency of manual or semi-automated production and assembly lines. 

Keep reading to learn how IIoT technologies enable better communication throughout the factory and streamline processes for machines and people alike.

Technologies for Smart Factory Communication

Wireless Communication and LED Indication

Combining wireless communication with bright indication enables more seamless interaction between machines, workers, mobile equipment, and their managers throughout the factory.  

Workers can quickly and easily interpret signals from LED indicators with clear, bright local displays, especially when each status is represented by a unique color or animation.

Furthermore,  LED indicators with wireless communication make it easy to quickly send and receive these signals from anywhere in the factory--and respond in a timely manner. 

Benefits of Wireless Factory Communication

Communicate Among Workstations and Forklifts

Keep Stations Stocked for Continuous Workflow

Assembly workers need the correct supplies in order to build products and maintain a smooth workflow. Restocking assembly stations on-time, before components run out without overstocking and creating congestion at a station can be a challenge. Real-time communication between assemblers and the forklift operators who stock their stations enables a more efficient delivery of components as well as the timely removal of completed products.

When an assembly station needs to be restocked, a worker can simply touch a button at their station.  The button sends a signal to a pendant that the forklift operator carries.  A red LED light on the pendant that corresponds with the assembly station will begin to flash, notifying the forklift operator where parts are needed.  The driver can quickly acknowldege the request by pushing a button on the pendant, letting the operator know more material is on the way.  

Track Requests and Response Speeds

Use Data to Identify Process Improvements

A wireless call-for-parts, service, or pallet pickup system increases efficiency by allowing up to 18 work stations to call out to six forklifts or Hi-Los.  A wireless solution enables quicker responses from forklift drivers and/or supervisors to indicate a request has been accepted. When creating a call system using wireless indicators, work stations can maintain a steady workflow and resolve critical issues quickly.

A wireless solution can also track total time to fulfill requests, number of requests, and time to acknowledge requests. This allows managers to analyze average delivery and acknowledgement times for each station and make process improvements as needed.

Spend Employee Time More Productively

Reduce Time Spent Checking In Unnecessarily

Instead of requiring machine operators to walk over to the manager area for assistance with a technical issue, a wireless system utilizing connected pushbuttons or switches and tower lights can be used to alert managers when assistance is needed on the line.

For example, a notification system might be set up so that an operator pushes a button or flips a switch to alert the manager or technician that he or she is needed on the production line. Wireless pushbuttons equipped with LED status lights can also facilitate 2-way communication by configuring the LED to change color when the manager or technician indicates that he or she is on their way.

Using a wireless notification system reduces the need for technicians and managers to constantly check each production line and for workers to leave their workstations when they need assistance. By streamlining communications, managers, technicians, and line workers are able to use their time more productively.

Featured Products

Q45 Series

Wireless Pushbuttons and Switches

Sure Cross® Q45 Switches and Push Buttons are designed to accept remote dry contact, NAMUR, and discrete non-contact switch inputs for use in many factory automation, remote monitoring, and IIoT applications. 

  • Remote device models are designed to interface with isolated dry contact inputs or NAMUR inductive proximity sensors
  • Button and light models have independently controlled push button inputs and a multicolor LED indicator light
  • Remote discrete non-contact switch models use a reed switch and a magnet to sense the position of mechanical devices such as doors, levers, valves, and other actuators
Q120 Series

Wireless Button and Light Pendant

The Sure Cross® Wireless Q120 button and light pendant is an autonomous wireless node that enables two-way communication between an operator and up to six remote and/or mobile devices.

  • Six independently controlled push-button inputs allow operators to wirelessly send status updates, acknowledgments, initiate processes, and actuate devices.
  • Six red and green LED indicators provide local indication of status from remote or mobile devices and equipment.
  • DIP switch configurable
K70 Series

Wireless LED Touch Button

The K70 70 mm wireless touch button is a large, easy to activate solid state switch and high visibility indicator. Touch buttons in this series are ideal for use in pick-to-light, call button and general industrial applications.

  • Excellent immunity to false triggering by water spray, detergents, oils, and other foreign materials
  • Ergonomically designed to eliminate hand, wrist, and arm stresses associated with repeated switch operation; require no physical force to operate
  • Can be actuated with bare hands or in gloves
  • Available in nine color options and one-, two- and three-color models
  • 12 to 30 V dc operation