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What is a Process Timer and How is it Useful in Manufacturing?

Posted by Jerix Thekkel on Sep 27, 2016 8:30:00 AM

process timer in manufacturing

If you are a basketball fan, you're probably familiar with shot clocks. In basketball, the shot clock is a timer designed to increase the pace of the game and scoring levels. 

Process timers—similar to shot clocks—are widely used in the manufacturing setting. Process timers are used in manufacturing to time a process and to motivate the operator to finish a task on time every time.Consider using a process timer to motivate your manufacturing staff. Process timers are known to increase efficiency and production in manufacturing, just like other Indoor LED Signs.

Benefits of Process Timers in Manufacturing Production Systems

  • Process timers let the operator know how much time they have to finish the task they have on hand.
  • Process timers motivate manufacturing staff—in a moving production line, a slow operator can delay everyone down the line, so timers create a sense of speed.
  • Process timers are inexpensive.
  • Process timers help to find bottlenecks in your production line.
  • Process timers reduce downtime.

How to Select a Process Timer for Manufacturing

  • Interface: A process timer should have an interface that's easy to use  in order to quickly change the startup time. The most common interface is serial, and Industrial Ethernet is sought after.
  • Start and Stop Trigger: The most common method to trigger the process timer is using dry contact (unpowered) inputs. Some process timers can be triggered with ASCII Control codes.
  • Reset Time: The process timer should have a quick reset time to avoid delays between resets.
  • Audible Alerts: Does the process timer have the ability to play an audible alert if the operator does not finish the task in his/her allotted time?
  • Alarm Output: Does the process timer have the ability to trigger an alarm output based on a preset value?
  • PLC Interface: Can the process timer be interfaced with your PLC to easily change the startup time?
  • Input Power: 24VDC is most common in industrial environments for process timers.
  • Operating Environment: Process timers should be able to withstand harsh manufacturing environment.
  • Installation: Compact and lightweight process timers are preferred for the ease of installation.
  • MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure): LED process timers are typically rated up to 100,000 hours.

Electro-Matic Visual, Inc. manufactures process timers for various applications. We have been supplying process timers to some of the leading manufacturers around the globe for years. When looking to motivate the staff at your manufacturing plant, try a process timer as a tool to better motivation, increased production and efficiency.

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