7 Reasons Why 2-Way Radios Boost Productivity

By IBT Inc

November 30, 2016

Tools & Supplies

“Once customers add 2-way radios to their facility, they usually see an immediate boost to productivity,” said Jason Murphy, the Sales Manager for WS Communications.  “Many companies start out with just 2-3 radios for maintenance staff, then quickly add 10-20 more—once they see the efficiencies that are gained.”


Here are 7 reasons why Murphy’s customers have boosted productivity—just by adding 2-way radios to their operations.

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Reason #1—Quicker response to accidents and injuries.

When employees fall or get stuck, they can radio someone immediately for help—especially if they are working alone at night, or in a remote part of the facility.  The safety director can also use it to call for supplies, additional assistance, or even 911 dispatch.

Reason #2—Immediate answers to questions—from customers or employees.

“You no longer have to waste time chasing someone around a 100,000 sq. ft. facility for the answer to a customer’s question,” Murphy said.  “You just radio the person to get an immediate answer.”

Reason #3—Faster response to breakdowns or outages.

Employees can radio maintenance staff immediately in the event of a breakdown or outage, saving precious downtime—and getting operations back up and running faster.

Reason #4—Access replacement parts quicker.

And the maintenance team can now finish that repair faster—since they no longer have to walk to the other side of the plant for replacement parts.  It’s much more efficient to radio another staff member to deliver critical parts to the repair site.

Reason #5—Easier paging.

Most employees in an industrial facility are away from their desk for long periods of time.  Front office staff (such as the front desk receptionist) can page employees faster with 2-way radios.

Reason #6—Many PA systems are outdated and difficult to hear.

“Many of the intercom systems that we see in industrial facilities are outdated,” Murphy said.  “They may still work, but it’s difficult to hear them in a noisy facility—so calls get missed.”

Reason #7—Less expensive than cell phones.

“Cell phones require a monthly service fee, whereas 2-way radios do not—so the overall cost of a radio system is significantly less than a cell phone system,” Murphy said.  “In addition, cell phone service can sometimes be spotty in larger facilities, and you don’t want a cell phone failure during an emergency, like an accident or an outage.”

Who should use 2-way radios?

Murphy said that adding 2-way radios has helped his customers in many different industries, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Food processing
  • Warehousing
  • Shipping and logistics
  • Construction

2-way radios—now available through IBT

The entire line of Kenwood Pro-Talk Radios is now available through IBT Industrial Solutions—from 1.5 watt (the size of a credit card), all the way up through the larger 5 watt (analog or digital).  In addition, most Kenwood radios can be programmed to work with any other brand.

IBT also offers a wide range of accessories for 2-way radios, such as:

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  • Chargers
  • Antennas
  • Speaker mics
  • Earphones
  • Double-muff headsets (for loud environments)

About Kenwood USA

Kenwood USA is a leading manufacturer of communications equipment.  Founded in 1961, the company is recognized by both consumers and industry experts for providing high-quality mobile and portable 2-way radios.  Kenwood USA is based in Suwanee, Georgia, and has invented dozens of new radio technologies over the past 55 years.

Buy 2-way radios at IBT

Or contact Mike Muenks, Business Group Director of General Industrial at IBT Industrial Solutions,
at (913) 261-2107 or mmuenks@ibtinc.com.