Employees welcome new technology in manufacturing

Angela Cato - Jul 05, 2017

Tags: Assistive    Industries    Manufacturing    Technology   
“From a mission perspective, we hit the nail square on the head,” said Cort Perry, network administrator at Envision.
The success that has Cort so excited is the recent installation of computer fingerprint readers and speakers at manufacturing employees’ work stations. It’s a project that he and Paul Parks, director of quality assurance and safety, are extremely proud of, because it’s in direct response to employee feedback.
“We’re constantly listening to what employees have to say and trying to find solutions to enhance the work environment,” Paul said.
Anyone who’s stepped onto a manufacturing floor knows how difficult it can be toIMG_7924-web.jpg hear another person speak – let alone listen to a computer screen reader – over the roar of the machines. New mini speakers made locally by Galaxy Audio cut through noise in the environment so that employees can clearly hear what is being communicated to them by their JAWS software. Sandy Wilkinson, machine operator, can’t say enough good words about her speakers.
“Before, I almost had to put my head under the computer screen to hear the speaker,” Sandy said. “The new speakers are great and make my job easier. They show Envision is keeping up with the newest technology.”
Robert Duckworth, a machine operator who has worked at Envision for 16 years, is a big fan of the fingerprint readers that provide an easy and secure way for employees who are blind or visually impaired to quickly log IMG_7937-web.jpgonto their computers. They replace a manual process that included changing passwords every 90 days – something many employees with vision loss found frustrating and difficult to do without assistance.
“The fingerprint readers help employees be independent with computers and believe ‘hey, I can do this,’ ” Robert said. “The people at Envision are so open to ideas that make our jobs better. The more adaptive technology that can be brought here, the merrier.”