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What are the best two way radios for manufacturing and warehousing?

Is there a specific brand? What features should I look for?

You likely have these questions and many more.

The industries that make use of two way radios are vast, and may come as a surprise to those not using them. Although the technology has been around for more than 80 years, it’s important to note that developments such as digital frequency, durability standards, and advances in audio and battery technology have enabled two way radios to continue to be an important communication tool in the workplace for productivity, customer service, and safety.

But, each industry has different needs – whether it’s longer range, enhanced audio performance or battery life. We at Nova Communications know that your needs vary per industry. As such, we’ve decided to put together a ‘what industry, what products’ list for our customers to provide a sense of the best options for two way radios for the users needing the product.

This blog post will review two prominent industries that use two way radios – manufacturing and warehousing – and discuss the good, better and best options for your communication needs.

What You Need From Your Two Way Radios

With increased pressure from consumers, you need a form of communication that enables coordination on the floor, reduces costs, but also ensures safety in the workplace. Manufacturing and warehousing facilities have a number of teams and jobs that need to be working together, as one, to be successful.

These businesses also have environments that require rugged and durable equipment that can operate for long shifts, in continual use, and will hold up if dropped during operations.  Other requirements like crystal clear audio that are not hindered by noise levels, batteries that can work a full shift, and features that ensure your employees are kept safe, like lone-worker options and intrinsically safe certifications.

Top 3 Two Way Radios for Manufacturing And Warehousing

Here are a few radio options:

  1. Motorola’s CP200d (UHF)

This is Motorola’s most popular two way radio of all time. It’s simple and affordable.

But while it’s simple, it offers the best of two way radio functionality.

Expect great audio quality, coverage and long-lasting battery life. It’s also durable.

motorola cp200d

Another great aspect of this radio is that you can operate it in both analog and digital, giving you the option to migrate to better digital technology when you’re ready. You can read more about the benefits of digital here

Read more about this radio here.

2. Motorola’s XPR3300e (UHF)

Known for its audio quality, this radio takes communication to a new level – and an excellent valued two way radio.

Features include Intelligent Audio, which automatically adjusts volume to compensate for background noise.

Another thing this radio has going for it?

The fact that it was designed to enhance safety. In the event that a worker becomes unresponsive, you can activate the radio remotely to check the status of the radio (and the safety of the worker).

motorola xpr 3550e

 This next-generation radio also offers better battery life (up to 28 hours), better range (up to 8%) and an IP67 rating, making it waterproof.

 Just like the CP200d, the ability to operate in both analog and digital frequencies allows customers the ability to migrate their old analog system to digital on your timeline and budget.  Also recently with the new “E” Series of XPR radio, there are now batteries that can last over 24 hours in operation, which is a big advantage to around the clock operations.

Read more about this radio here.

3. Motorola’s XPR7550e (UHF)

This is the creme of the crop of two way radios.

Sure, this particular radio offers operations-critical voice communications, including Bluetooth audio (meaning you can communicate without wires), but this is the most fully-featured radio on the list, allowing for the highest level of safety and efficiency.

motorola xpr7550

As for safety, XPR7550e radio has a large orange emergency button that can be programmed to be an emergency call alert. Other safety features like Man Down, Lone Worker, and integrated Bluetooth technology can be set up in the XPR7550e radio to protect your team as they work.

Features like text messaging, Work Order Ticketing and indoor and outdoor location tracking can increase productivity and offer greater insight into your operations.

You want something that can really withstand your industry? Well this is it.

Perfect for demanding users, the XPR7550e radio is IP68 certified and Military Spec’d for 810 C, D, E, F, G. What does that mean? These devices are submersible to a depth of 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes, as well as protected against dust ingress. To make a long story short – these radios can hold up to your toughest user. Also with the large speaker and intelligent audio, these radios deliver loud and clear communications.

To make a long story short – these radios can hold up to your toughest user. With the large speaker and intelligent audio, these radios deliver loud and clear communications.

For volatile conditions that may exist in your operation, we offer the XPR7550 CSA IS radio that is certified CSA intrinsically safe.  For those work environments where exposure and May flammable gas and vapours are a factor.

Wrapping It Up

Whether it’s warehousing or manufacturing, we know you work in demanding work environments that requires effective communication for both efficiency and, above all else, safety. Both these industries require a durable tool for that communication – and Motorola two way radios are the answer.


Looking for two way radios for manufacturing/warehousing? Contact one of our two way radio experts who can help you navigate the ins and outs and outs. Not only has Nova Communications been in the radio business for 35+ years, but we’re an exclusive AIR MILES Reward Miles partner. Plus, we offer Canada-wide shipping. Get your orders in as little as 2 business days.

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Comments

  1. Michael Torrance

    I work in a 470,000 sq ft warehouse with multiple temperatures and full of racking. Would it be possible to try out pairs of a couple models to see the response from the people that use them? We would like to “test drive” to ensure when we upgrade from our current system it will be an improvement, not just a lateral move. Is this something that could be possible?

    Thank you,
    Cheers Mike Torrance

    • melaniesolomon

      Hi there Michael! Thanks for reaching out. A Nova Communications team member will be in touch to ensure we answer your questions!

  2. George Schmidt

    Looking for a secure 2 way radio solution for a Licenced Cannabis growing environment in Ontario. We currently used a standard FRS two way system and due to security concerns can no longer use this technology. We need a 2 way system that we can count on that will be secure for our employees to talk freely without providing trade secrets / production info etc., outside of our walls.

    • nadinemansour

      Hi George,
      We will be in touch with you via email. We definitely have solutions to meet your needs.
      Regards,
      Nadine

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