Bruce Hagberg, CEO
What do smart manufacturers do when faced with rising costs for both raw materials and labor, plus encounter significant labor shortages or skills gaps? They implement technology solutions that help optimize operations and drive accountability. “Manufacturers are realizing the importance of being able to track labor processes on their shop floor through data analytics,” comments Bruce Hagberg, CEO at riteSOFT. As small manufacturers grow and face steeper competition, they need better visibility into what’s happening to drive improved manufacturing productivity, efficiency, and accuracy. One solution is shop floor time tracking software like riteTIME®
To learn more about time tracking software, Manufacturing Technology Insights Magazine interviewed riteSOFT, the St. Cloud, Minnesota based software company that developed riteTIME and specializes in automated data collection software for small and mid-sized manufacturers around the globe. riteTIME is a simple, yet configurable, time tracking system that captures time clock punches for payroll—and project time or “job punches” by tasks and employees. Shop floor employees can easily collect custom production data such as quantity produced and scrap. The operator can capture time via simple barcode scans, touch screen, or keyboard on a computer work station, shared tablet, kiosk, or mobile device. Hagberg states, “Time tracking software drives real benefits: time savings, greater accuracy, and improved visibility.”
riteTIME captures the data in real time (i.e., as the work occurs) and then seamlessly shares it with the users’ ERP, payroll, or other software systems. One noteworthy example is the riteTIME integration to ADP—the largest payroll system provider in the world. As a certified partner, riteTIME is featured on the ADP Marketplace. riteTIME also integrates with other payroll systems and multiple ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, Sage, JD Edwards, SYSPRO, and more. Integration eliminates the need for re-keying data from paper time sheets or job travelers which increases accuracy and frees up back-office personnel to work on higher value tasks. More importantly, the real-time data provides supervisors greater visibility into what’s happening without having to walk the shop floor. Data analytics and improved visibility are important industry trends that drive accountability and help improve results.
Time tracking software drives real benefits: time savings, greater accuracy, and improved visibility
The riteSOFT team stays abreast of manufacturing trends through feedback from its 8,000 end users in 10 countries and network of 35 resellers. “The true love for our customers and what they do is what drives us to find ways to help them respond to market changes. This is a key part of the culture here at riteSOFT,” states Hagberg. In response to the latest trends, riteSOFT has invested in new dashboards, reports, and mobile capabilities. The flexible dashboards and customizable reports let supervisors easily monitor employee performance, job progress, efficiency and utilization rates, plus compare the actual data against job standards. As more manufacturers begin to provide on-site installation and support services, riteSOFT has developed riteTIME for use on mobile devices outside of the four walls of the manufacturing operation.