It’s about time
Over the past several months our development team has been re-architecting some of the key components of the platform to accommodate our new shop and field timecard application.
So what makes the Webduct timecard module so different from the other options in the market? Tracking labor and materials to different jobs and products in the highly custom HVAC and mechanical sectors is a very complex and admin heavy task. Almost all the existing timecard apps and solutions we’ve seen in use, end up being more like a round peg in a square hole rather than a real solution to a complex problem of easy and efficient time tracking.
Most fabrication facilities still use paper to track time on the shop floor. This creates inaccurate data both to projects, and time per task, and creates significant rework for the shop foreman. The paper still needs to be put into a digital format, which requires either the shop foreman, or the admin team to re-enter all of the time data into a spreadsheet before entering it into the accounting system. Other contractors have “bent” more generic timecard apps found online or those built into an accounting system and released them into the shop. However, since these options are not designed for the complex and custom workflow on the manufacturing floor, they tend to fail more often than succeed. Add to this the fact these systems are not tied to other critical activities on the shop floor such as work dispersion, production management, delivery, and materials and equipment management and it’s easy to see why contractors have such a tough time trying to get a proper solution up and running.
The Webduct timecard module takes a holistic approach to time tracking by starting with digital work orders initiated in the shop, office or field and then linking all labor and materials together by work order and project.
Centralized digital work orders then flow into live production and delivery schedules, which then flow into iPads or other devices in the shop specifically configured to each fabrication area on the shop floor. Easy-to-use tap-and-go interfaces make it simple for fabricators and workers to see their tasks and enter and track their time. At the end of the day workers simply make any required adjustments to their timecard and hit submit. We’ve eliminated the need for workers and shop foreman to do the tedious work of calculating minutes and figuring out how to spread it out among jobs. Select and tap, that’s all it takes.
At the end of the day the shop foreman receives complete time data from each fabricator, and can edit any time entries or assign any unallocated time to shop overheads or distribute it as he sees fit. Once the shop foreman approves the timecards the payroll clerks can pull the report and download CSV’s to import the fabrication minutes into their accounting systems.
Our mission is to create technology that puts the user experience first. Making fast and simple user interfaces is a complex and tedious process but the payoffs are rapid adoption and compliance among our clients employees. The team has done a great job and we’re within three weeks of starting live beta testing on the shop floor.
If you’re interested in learning more about the timecard or any other modules in our platform please call James Beveridge at 604.308.4560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org