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Real-world implementation of Digital Work Alerters and shop bells
 

Why are you considering this? 
Lost income due to people killing time?
 
Long, long smoke-breaks?
Casual attitude about getting back to work after lunch? 
People arriving willie-nillie in the morning, rather than being there no later than on-time - which you are paying for?
Employees dragging their feet, giving the floor manager a hard time?
You've got better things to do than deal with this. 
This system solves that issue.
 

Why these are so popular to this day:
1) They save you money by recovering wasted employee time
      When the bell goes off, THEY GO TO WORK.
2) The “bell” becomes the bad guy. 
      The supervisor obeys the bell, as do the workers.
      This conditioning happens fast.  After 1 day, they stop grumbling.
3) People are at their stations working when they are supposed to be.

How much $$ will you save? 
Figure on 1 minute per person per break or lunch, minimum.
5 minutes a day times x employees = xx minutes per week x hourly wage plus tax.
Multiply this times 50 for one year = $___. 
Say 15 employees. x 5 = 75 minutes a day. 
1.25 hrs x 50 weeks x $12.5/hr (which is low)   
$781.25  Not counting matching FICA, UI, benefits, etc.
per year.
How much aggarvation will you save urging people to get back to work?  Priceless.

Typical bell schedule,  Monday - Friday
7:00    9:00   9:15  11:00  11:30  1:30  1:40   3:30  End of day
Saturday:
8AM    Noon.
On the Lathem DWA systems, the signal/bell length is typically set at 3 seconds.

With the Pyramid 7000 master clock, and Pyramid 4000 self totaling time clock systems, you can vary the length of the bell.  With this, the result can be even better:

Monday - Friday:
7:00  2 seconds   9:00  2 seconds   9:13  1 second   9:15  3 seconds
11:00 2 seconds  11:28 1 second (two minute warning)  11:30 3 seconds
Now they have had time to put it all away, wash hands, and go back to work.
1:30  2 seconds   1:38  1 second   1:40  3 seconds  
3:28  1 second (two minute warning)  3:30 2 seconds.

Tips for implementing one of these systems:
1) Don't show your employees this article.
2) Tell them it is for their own good. 
     -- The company has a better shot at surviving if everyone pulls their weight.
     -- They won't miss their breaks anymore, and they won't go to lunch late.
3)  We generally find that buzzers work better than bells, as bells are often associated with fire alarms.  Buzzers are easily adjustable for the volume.  Bells require duck-tape.

Voltage: 
Most municipalities ask that you run low voltage if the bell is more than 6 feet away from the timer.  Your experience may vary.  We suggest you run 14 to 18 gage speaker cable to connect your horns and bells.  Home Depot and Lowes are good sources for 200' spools.  Good 24Volt systems are just as loud as 110.

Other ideas: 
You can wire these into existing intercom systems with the Valcom signal generators.  We can talk to your intercom company directly if you prefer.
They make outside bells and buzzers with outside cabinets, as well.  We have them. 
Mount the bell or buzzer to a 24“ x 24“ thick piece of plywood, up high.

Experience:  We have been installing these since 1991 in our local area.  We have been assisting people all over the country via the telephone, fax, and email attachments since 1998.  Call us if you have any questions, we enjoy talking “time clocks“.

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