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Safety and productivity. 

These two words sum up the ultimate goal of every manufacturing plant. 

Those two magical words lead to increased production, more work for everyone, and greater profit.

But in order to obtain that kind of efficiency, you’re going to need stellar communication — the kind of communication that can only be achieved by using a quality, name brand, two-way radio. 

Luckily, you've landed on the web’s number one resource for two-way manufacturing radios, so you’re in the right place.

In this article, we’re going to explain what you should be looking for in a manufacturing radio, before giving you three recommendations that have a stellar history in the manufacturing industry. 

If you have additional questions about the products listed below, or any radio carried by Tech Wholesale, we invite you to reach out to us at 1-888-925-5982, via live chat, or by filling out our contact form.

If you know which radio you’d like to purchase, click here for a free no obligation quote

What do You Need in a Manufacturing Radio? 

When choosing a radio for your manufacturing plant, there are a number of features that you should keep an eye out for. 

These are features that we’ve noted throughout the years when working with our customers in the manufacturing business. 

Here's a list of features that you should keep an eye out for: 

  • Ideal in an emergency situation
  • Clear communication inside. We recommend a UHF or digital device
  • Able to withstand abuse
  • Multiple channels for staff segmentation
  • Enhanced sound clarity, especially in a noisy environment
  • Long battery life
  • Enough range to fit the plant in question

The Best Radios for Manufacturing 

Motorola DLR1060

Compact, Private, and Powerful

First on our list is the Motorola DLR1060. This is an ideal radio for a manufacturing plant. 

For starters, it has six channels to choose from. That makes segmentation for a large workforce super easy. You can have management on one channel and various departments on their own channels. 

This device has a 20-floor indoor range, which equates to 300,000 square feet. That should be enough to handle most manufacturing facilities. 

The DLR1060 runs on a digital band, which means not only does it work well inside, but it also doesn’t require an FCC license. 

The FCC asks that businesses using certain UHF and VHF devices purchase a license to use the airwaves. While 95% of those customers never get a license, it’s still nice to know that this radio doesn’t have that requirement. 

If privacy is a concern, it’s not anymore. This device uses Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology to ensure that your private communications can’t be picked up. 

It doubles down on this with 10,000 Radio profile ID codes. 

Page All and Call All Available features are also included, which means that you can alert everyone all at once in the event of an emergency in the plant. 

There is also a Direct Call function. That means you can reach out to one specific worker or manager without alerting the entire staff. 

This device comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which has a lifespan of up to 14 hours. 

If you think that the Motorola DLR1060 sounds like a good bet for your manufacturing plant, contact us now for a free no obligation quote

Motorola RDU4100

Super Durable and Repeater Capable

The Motorola RDU4100 is next up on our list of top manufacturing radios. This is a UHF device that works both inside and outside. For the purposes of manufacturing, though, you’re only going to have to worry about what it can do for you indoors. 

This device has a massive 10 channels, which can be used to segment a huge workforce. 

It even has an impressive 4 watts of power to push signal over a great distance. 

Inside, you’re looking at a 30 floor or up to 350,000 square foot range. 

This is a durable device as well. It comes in a military grade case with a metal die-cast chassis that is covered in polycarbonate. It even meets MIL-STD 810 C-F standards. So, if your workers are rough on their radios, this model would be preferable over the DLR1060.

The RDU4100 could withstand a blast from a firehose and live to tell the tale. 

It also gives you clear real-time communication. Its signal can get around walls, machinery, and vehicles. 

This quality manufacturing two-way radio covers 89 business radio frequencies with privacy codes to protect your communications.

If you need a sturdy powerhouse radio, consider the RDU4100. Click here to get a free personalized quote.

Motorola RMU2040

Super Durable and Cost Effective

The Motorola RMU2040 rounds out our list of stellar manufacturing radios. 

It’s a UHF radio with four channels, for effective staff segmentation. 

It features two watts of power with an indoor range of 20 floors, or 250,000 square feet. 

This device is powered by a rechargeable li-ion battery, which will last through even the longest shift. 

This is another radio that proves super tough under stressful conditions. 

Not only does the signal perform well around concrete and steel, but it is also military grade hardware composed of materials meeting the MIL-STD 810 and IP-55 standards.

This device has 219 privacy codes that protect against interference and crosstalk. On top of that, you have a customized channel announcement feature, which allows you to operate the device hands free. 

If the RMU2040 sounds like a surefire winner for your manufacturing plant, contact Tech Wholesale right away for a free no obligation quote that is personalized to the needs of your manufacturing business.

Which Manufacturing Radio Is Right For Your Business? 

The Best Radio for a Large Manufacturing Plant

If you have a large manufacturing plant, we highly recommend the Motorola RDU4100

This UHF radio performs phenomenally inside, and has a whopping 10 channels, which will allow you to segment the huge workforce required to run such a facility. 

It even has 4 watts of power to ensure that the signal is given an added boost as it reaches all corners of your site. 

When indoors, you’re going to have a range of 30 floors or up to 350,000 square feet. 

On top of that, it comes in a military grade case with a metal die-cast chassis covered in polycarbonate. 

In other words, this is one tough radio. 

It meets military standards MIL-STD 810 C-F, which means that this is a radio designed to withstand the theater of warfare. 

If your large manufacturing facility needs a powerhouse tank of a radio, consider the Motorola RDU4100. Click here for a free quote

The Best Radio for a Small Manufacturing Plant

Smaller plants can get a lot of quality out of the Motorola RMU2040

This UHF radio has 2 watts of power and an indoor range of 250,000 square feet. That equates to 20 floors. 

This is a device that will send a signal easily around both steel and concrete. It has four channels which is perfect for a smaller workforce. You don’t want to pay more for a device that has a ton of channels when you don’t need them. 

It’s also military grade hardware. The materials that make up the RMU2040 meet MIL-STD 810 and IP-55 standards. 

The Motorola RMU2040 is a great purchase for any small manufacturing plant. If you feel like it’s the right fit for you, contact us for a free personalized quote

The Most Private Manufacturing Radio

If privacy and portability is your main concern, you can’t go wrong with the Motorola DLR1060

From the privacy end of things, you’re looking at a radio that makes use of Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology and more than 10,000 radio profile ID codes. That means no one is going to be piggybacking off of your signal and no unauthorized people are going to be hearing what goes on within your plant. 

When it comes to portability, this is one of the most unobtrusive radios out there. At little more than four ounces, this is a lightweight yet effective device that will never get in the way of your workers as they go about their daily routine. 

It also features a rechargeable li-ion battery with up to 14 hours of battery life per charge. 

If you want a radio that is discreet, light, and private, contact us now for a free personalized quote on the Motorola DLR1060

Want to Learn More? 

Your manufacturing business needs effective communication if you want to produce more materials and take more orders. 

To that end, you’re going to need a radio that can withstand the daily grind of your manufacturing processes. 

All of the devices on this list have a history of success for manufacturing organizations all over the US. But depending on your specific needs, one might be better for you than the others. 

If you have any questions, we’re here to help you out. Call Tech Wholesale today at 1-888-925-5982, fill out our online contact form, or use the live chat function on our website.

Of course, if you already know which device you’re looking for, click here to get a free personalized quote that takes your needs and budget into consideration.  

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