Manufacturing and time tracking have been a pair since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Time studies transformed Henry Ford from a craftsman to the leader in manufacturing automation. And Ford has stayed there ever since.
The links below will inspire changes in your manufacturing operation. Scroll down and click one. Watch the video behind it. Then come back and click another. Watch every video. Now consider how your operation can improve. What changes can you make? How big might those changes be for you? How much will they cost, and how much will they save? Will those changes help you migrate from old technology to new?
If you're not moving forward, you are standing still!
Change may come from barcode scanning, magnetic card readers, RFID, an engineering timesheet, project management techniques, or some other unexpected source. Let this be the beginning of something new. Don't say, I'll watch those videos later. Commit your time now, and set something else aside. This is worth investing in.
Some advice to consider
Start simple. All the devices shown here are inexpensive and easy to install. Every one of them can be purchased from amazon.com for under fifty bucks. Every one emulates keyboards using USB, so there are no drivers to install. No IT support needed... it's just plug and play. ST works with every one, and can start timers for any device. Once you get started tracking time on the shop floor, then you can upgrade to ruggedized wireless units suitable for manufacturing use.
Start local. Don't worry about connecting all the computers on the shop floor to a shared SQL database. Start scanning and swiping on your local machine, in your own office. Print out some barcode labels and scan them to test. After you have proven the idea, enlarge the test with some computers on the floor. Involve some trusted employees, and learn before implementing ST in production. Once the system is proven, then use a shared SQL database for all shop floor computers, management, and executives. Everybody will see the same numbers, same reports, same results.
Learn everything. Go through the entire timesheet, time log, and project management features. Don't stop until you understand it all. You'll find something for everyone. There are scanning and swiping features for the manufacturing and assembly operators. There are project management features for managers. And there are reports for executives. That covers the entire enterprise. Everyone runs the same system, and contributes in some way. There's a lot to learn, so don't stop after the basics. Get the meat too.