Manufacturing Timesheet and Time Tracking

Time and Materials in Manufacturing

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.














Download the Employee Timesheet

Now that you have seen some new ideas, consider downloading the ST timesheet and trying some of the techniques shown here.



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.








    More videos to explore

  • Whiteboard (60 sec)

    Introductions to time tracking and project management. Get ideas, get inspired, try new things, and learn what your timesheet can do Read More
  • Old-Timey (60 sec)

    Tracking time and expenses in the modern world? See the most modern technique for time sheets and time management Read More
  • Interviews (2 - 3 min)

    Interviews about timesheets, project tracking, PTO, and management techniques. Get the general concepts of time and project tracking. Read More
  • Short Intros (60 sec)

    Short intros to the basics of time tracking and project management techniques. Learn how employees use the timesheet. Read More
  • Cartoons (60 sec)

    The lighter side of time tracking and project management, in cartoon format. Learn what the makers of Standard Time really think! Read More
  • Animated (30 sec)

    Introduce and inspire use of the timesheet and project management techniques. You will learn what can be done and be tempted to try it. Read More
  • Quick Questions (2 - 4 min)

    Answers to quick questions we have received regarding the employee timesheet, projects tracking, and PTO. See the product in action. Read More
  • Instructional (3 - 6 min)

    Screencast videos with deeper instruction for project management, employee timesheets, PTO, expenses, and client invoicing Read More
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Also see:


Inventory Management




Who Uses ST


Manufacturing engineers, assembly managers, and executives need good time tracking and reporting they can use to make better business choices. Which products are taking the most time? Which employee is the most efficient? Are you wasting time on secondary projects? Find out with ST.

    Barcode, mag card readers, and RFID tag readers

    Learn what types of work are burning the most time

    Get hard data to back up your suspicions and assertions

    XLST Excel Add-in for backoffice access


Designing and building complex products? Software or hardware? Mechanical engineering? If so, you need a timesheet with detailed project tracking and task assignments. You need task warnings and email notifications. Engineering products means moving through tasks and completing products in a market-sensitive timeframe. Does your time tracking solution do that?

    Project and task tracking, with project management built in from the ground up

    Project triangles, resource allocation, and assignments by skill or discipline or certification

    Task warnings and email notification to keep projects moving


Freelancer, one-man consultant, consulting firm, or moonlighter... You need a consulting app that is up to date, and quick and painless. You need flexible billing rates. You need utilization reports and timesheet checkers. ST is for you. Here's why:

    You don't lose billable hours because you forgot or entered them against the wrong client or project

    You can access ST virtually everywhere. iOS, Android, Web, Windows, Tablet

    Invoice clients in ST or QB

Employee Time Tracking

Every business can use a good employee time tracker. You need to make sure employees are working on the correct projects and tasks. You need payroll and PTO tracking. Vacation accruals. HR and admin assistance. And you've learned that free spreadsheet templates don't work. You need a professional time tracking app like ST.

    Weekly employee timesheets, and employee status

    PTO accruals, vacation tracking, and payroll integration

    Expense reports, and templates for easy access

    XLST Excel Add-in for backoffice access

Government Agency

Have the employee time tracking information ready for any audit. Learn how much time and money you are we spending on:

    Projects and programs

    Each employee and division

    Administrative overhead


Featured: FAQ

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How does the pricing work?

You purchase licenses for each user who will interact with the software. Users can be administrators, managers, or normal employees.

How can we contact you?

We are U.S. based, and answer emails and calls quickly. Start by using the Contact Page.

Also, connect with us on YouTubeTwitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Do you host the timesheet or do we?

That choice is yours. You can either host on your own servers, or have us do it.

What is the difference between self-hosted on-premise, and your hosting?

When you self-host, you get both Windows and Web Editions. When we host, only the Web Edition is offered. In either case, you also get iOS and Android apps that can sync. There is a also a cost difference, which you can see at the store.

Click to try a personal hosted timesheet trial

Is this the best time tracking and timesheet program available?

Yes. It is a world leader, with two decades of hardcore battle-tested usage. Yet it is still fresh and new, and easy to use.

I'm a consultant. Can I bill clients with this?

You can bill projects by user rates, roles, categories, milestones, or Option Year Funding for government contracts.

I'm in an engineering company. Can I track projects?

Project management is a built in. You'll see task assignments, resource allocation, project triangles, and more.

I just want to track employee time to projects. Can I do that?

Yes. Employees see only the projects they're assigned to in their timesheets. They can't see other employee hours unless they are administrators.

I'm in a government agency. Can I track employee time?

Employee timesheets are tuned for ease of use and management oversight. Every hour is accounted for and reportable.

Do I need to install this onto every workstation?

No, you could deploy the Web Timesheet on a server and let employees reach it with a browser. Or, you could deploy the Windows Timesheet on some workstations, and enjoy a slightly richer user experience. You can also sync with Android and iOS smartphones.

Does this run on smartphones and tablets?

Android and iOS. These smartphone editions sync with the cloud or desktop. Plus, you can run it on any Windows tablet.

Is this just a timesheet, or is there project management?

Yes, project management. You'll find project hierarchies, resource allocation, employee availability, project proposals, assignment by skill, project triangles, and more. Don't worry; there's enough to support your PM's and PMO.

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Timesheet, Time Tracking Software & Project Management

Want a quick overview of the timesheet and time tracking features. Try these videos. And if you like them, click the link at the top of the page for more.  Browse all the video pages before you leave.  Have fun!



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