Manufacturing + Logistics Sector

3 Ways to Increase Safety, Security and Efficiencies in Manufacturing Facilities

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3 Ways to Increase Safety, Security and Efficiencies in Manufacturing Facilities

Security solutions do more than detect and prevent theft; they help create safer environments. That means more productivity, more efficiency and a higher return on investment for manufacturing and logistics facilities.

We sat down with three of our security experts – Kevin Crothers and Corey Nydick as well as Luis Waldo – to learn more about the ways in which facilities are using security systems to solve challenges and improve efficiencies.

In this blog post, you’ll learn more about what’s possible when you implement the right security solutions – and what can happen when you don’t.

1. Using alarm verification technology to save time and resources

Leveraging security technology to distinguish between a false alarm and true criminal activity can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and a costly break-in.

Kevin shares more:

“We had a warehouse that had high-dollar items, including tobacco products and other things that can be easily resold. We were getting a lot of false alarms for this building, but every once in a while, there would be a break-in. What we found out was that the intruders were consistently testing the system. They would pry a door just enough to get the alarm system to go off, then run away and hide to see what the response looked like – who came, how many people came, how quickly they responded. This is a classic example of why you need audio or video verification. These actually weren’t false alarms; an intruder was really out there working on a larger plan.”

2. Protecting more than just your product – defending your reputation

With the proper security cameras and video surveillance system in place, quality assurance managers can use the footage to examine issues that arise in product quality as well as review for any consumer complaints.

Corey shares more:

“A pharmaceutical company I served had cameras in a classified medication production area. Those were not only a higher megapixel to be able to easily see what was going on, but they had a longer retention period to preserve the chain of custody and protect against consumer lawsuits. In the event that any issues would arise with those products, the company could go back to the recorded footage and confirm whether the issue occurred at their facility or not.”

3. Increasing efficiencies to decrease costs

Increasing the efficiency of your manufacturing facility with GPS technology can mean a big payoff on your bottom line.

Luis shares more:

“One of the biggest trends in manufacturing and logistics is related to GPS inventory tracking. One of our customers manufactures pieces for Ford and Chevrolet and they needed a way to track their forklifts. Inside the manufacturing site, they wanted to understand not only where the forklifts were, but also what the best route for each forklift would be in order to save time. By deploying GPS technology, we were able to find opportunities to increase efficiencies and reduce costs, helping them save $1 million in the first year of the technology’s implementation.”

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