Customer Success: Afton Manufacturing

"Since we are a small company, I didn’t think we could afford an automated time tracking solution. When someone recommended that I check out Wasp, I was surprised at how affordable and functional it was for a company our size."
- Gene Schmeling, Owner, Afton Manufacturing
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The Client

Afton Manufacturing

Afton Manufacturing creates a wide range of metal products for larger companies in the oil field, air hose, exercise and crane block industries. The company’s 14 employees work in overlapping shifts, with some occasionally putting in up to 12 hours a day.

The Challenge

For years, the company used a traditional, mechanical punch clock to track employees’ time. Each worker would punch a paper timecard at the beginning and end of their shift, as well as for a lunch break. Employees also received a company-scheduled 10-minute break each morning and afternoon; however, they were not required to punch their timecards when taking the breaks.

“As time went on, breaks were getting longer and longer. Our employees had a tendency to stretch out breaks sometimes up to 25 or 30 minutes a day, instead of the 20 minutes allocated,” said Gene Schmeling, Owner of Afton Manufacturing. “I found myself getting aggravated as I saw more minutes ticking by.”

The manual punch card system offered very little flexibility for employees. For example, a worker putting in a 12-hour shift received the same two 10-minute breaks as his co-worker who was on the clock for just eight hours.

“With the punch clock, we had an accounting nightmare on our hands,” said Schmeling. “We were using a calculator to add up times on the cards. It was time consuming and easy to make mistakes.”

The Solution

Afton Manufacturing installed the Wasp time & attendance solution with an RFID timeclock. Each employee was issued a credit card-sized ID card with an embedded RFID chip. Now, employees clock in and out by simply waving the card in front of the timeclock.

“Since we are a small company, I didn’t think we could afford an automated time tracking solution,” said Schmeling. “When someone recommended that I check out Wasp, I was surprised at how affordable and functional it was for a company our size.”

Wasp time and attendance software automatically checks the timeclocks and collects ‘punches,’ accurately tabulating hours worked. This time summary can then be reviewed and edited by Afton Manufacturing’s owner.

To make work easier and more flexible for everyone, Afton also altered its workday policies. The standard 10-minute breaks were eliminated, and employees were given a raise to make up for that time off. Employees then were given the ability to clock in and out for breaks as needed – as long as they worked their entire shift by the end of the day.

The Result

Afton Manufacturing immediately began saving money with Wasp’s time and attendance solution. “We were losing up to 10 minutes a day per employee,” said Schmeling. “This may not sound like much, until you multiply it by 14 people for 52 weeks a year.”

Saving a minimum of 300 hours added up to at least $6,000 in cost savings for Afton Manufacturing in the first year alone. At this rate, it took just two months for the Wasp time and attendance solution to pay for itself. With the RFID timeclock, employees also are less likely to punch in for a friend who is late to work. The elimination of buddy punching creates additional savings, said Schmeling.

The system also helped the company in ways that are more difficult to quantify, said Schmeling.

“We used to have breaks scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and employees would stop whatever they were doing and head outside,” said Schmeling. “They might be 45 seconds away from finishing an operation on a part, but they would quit working. Now, they will finish what they are doing before taking a break. This can save several minutes that it would have taken to start the machine back up, in the middle of a cycle, after a break.”

Employees also feel more liberated, since they do not have to sneak around to take breaks, said Schmeling. They can simply wave their RFID card to punch in and out multiple times a day, ensuring they are paid for exactly the work they perform.

"If someone is having a tough day and wants to head outside to clear their mind, they can clock out whenever they want,” said Schmeling. “That stress relief helps with production, too.”

The Wasp time and attendance solution helped Afton Manufacturing:

- Empower employee productivity with self-managed time on the clock

- Save over $6,000 and 7,000 labor hours that are now devoted to the business

- Eliminate buddy punching and enhance time & attendance keeping

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