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Manufacturing Industry Communication Solutions

Keeping Production Moving with Integrated Plant Communications

Whether they're managing a single food processing facility or a string of multinational automotive plants, we provide solutions to manufacturers to improve performance, increase safety, optimize resources, and run their operations smoothly.

Radio communication remains a critical foundation for manufacturing communications. However, technology has changed the way we communicate. Rather than replacing radio, these advances have made it even more essential as a reliable, rugged, and direct connection. Over the past few years, the amount of manufacturing companies using digital two-way radios that can incorporate intelligent applications has nearly doubled.

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 technology delivers better coverage and a clearer voice – which is essential for noisy environments with internal barriers and obstructions.

We understand the realities of manufacturing and we provide advanced communications specific to the 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 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 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.

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Make your plant safer and more efficient by adding applications to customize your MOTOTRBO digital radio system. They enable your employees to boost productivity, reduce downtime and enhance worker safety in noisy, fast-paced environments.

A few of the most popular applications we deploy for manufacturing include:

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.

Text Messaging
When voice communication isn't practical due to excessively high noise, workers can quickly and easily share information with colleagues using text messaging.

Command & Control
Integrates powerful voice and data communications with advanced fleet control and dispatch functionalities. Control room personnel are better equipped to organize and deliver routine tasks, communicate with teams on the plant floor and make faster decisions.

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WAVE PTX™ 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 PTX™ 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 smartphones with radio users at the plant.

WAVE PTX™ connects to virtually any device – smartphones, 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.

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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 costs.

In addition to wireless LANs, we have a great deal of experience helping Indiana and Kentucky manufacturing facilities eliminate leased landlines with point-to-point networks (PTP). PTP allows you to connect voice, data, and video from various buildings throughout your plants. This gives you the ability to manage the complete network centrally, which can minimize downtime and disruptions.

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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).

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Reliable Management of Your Communication System and Devices
Motorola Solutions has enhanced the MOTOTRBO platform with service packages that include access to software updates, premium software features and extended hardware repair services. Your business's security and technology needs are rapidly evolving, and we want to make sure you have a world-class experience each and every time you use your MOTOTRBO products.

Subscription Pricing Model
You enjoy the benefits of subscription services every day in your business and personal life. So why should your business-critical communications be any different? There are no surprises when it comes to paying for the product, software, or service. No uncertainty around how the cost will fit into your budget. This makes budgeting predictable, and you always know what is included and what to expect.

The Value of Software
Updates MOTOTRBO, as all computing systems, is composed of hardware and software. The value of hardware is significant, but static. The value of software, on the other hand, keeps growing over time. Access the latest and greatest features and functionality available with each software release for added capabilities, security, and reliability. This increases the value of your investment with every update.

Access to Premium Software Features
Experience the power of the MOTOTRBO platform and go beyond voice with access to premium software features, previously sold a la carte. The features you need to increase productivity aren't wishful thinking - they're a smart reality. Enable the right premium software features for the right teams, so they can be safer and more efficient when it matters most.

MOTOTRBO Essential Services provides you with a reliable approach to protect your investment through expanded software capabilities and improved reliability and security. This allows you to lower your total cost of ownership and manage the complexity of your communications operations. Because when complexity is managed, you can focus on what matters most.

Don't get left behind. Simplify managing your radio and infrastructure and stay up to date. We will work closely with you to help you understand the value of this exciting program. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

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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.