The world of manufacturing is changing. Dynamically. Vividly. Forbes reports that by 2022, smart factories will enable a seven-time increase in overall productivity. These factories will add between $500 billion to $1.5 trillion in value to the global economy. As of 2017, 76% of manufacturers either have an ongoing smart factory initiative or are in the process of defining one. It’s this idea of “continuous improvement”, taking incremental improvements to improve services, products, and processes.

Employees are at the heart of this continuous improvement process. As the nature of factories change, so does the nature of jobs. According to a Robert Half and Enactus survey of Generation Z workers, 91% cited professional training as an important factor when choosing an employer. Workers of all ages are looking to upskill, which is the process of learning new professional skills. They want to stay relevant. They want to learn. Having an innovative training system can help them do just that.

Innovative Training System, Defined

What exactly is an “innovative training system” or ITS for short? An ITS is something that is new or unique in its training methods, like turning electrical troubleshooting into a gamified simulation training software for manufacturers.

Hold on, simulation training in manufacturing? Aren’t simulations for pilots and astronauts? Not anymore. Simulation training software is becoming much more commonplace in the industrial landscape. Automotive, food, packaging, oil and gas. Industries across the board can benefit from electrical simulation training software.

Why? It allows workers to learn in a safe and stimulating virtual environment. New workers can become familiar with troubleshooting and veteran workers can upskill all from the comfort of their own computers. Instead of waiting for something to malfunction, workers can learn how to handle all sorts of situations without working on live equipment. Less room for error. More room for growth.

ITS and Continuous Improvement: Putting it All Together

The era of smart factories is beginning. With a host of new technology in place, there comes a host of new systems to maintain. Workers are hungry to adapt to the new work environment. While implementing an ITS can initially be costly, it can improve the company’s return on investment.

Investing in employees’ professional development is an investment in the company itself. Having employees who know how to maintain and troubleshoot equipment will reduce overall downtime costs and keep factories running smoothly. Upskilling internal employees has another added benefit. It will help retain staff by keeping them satisfied and engaged. Using an ITS can also boost employee confidence and keep their skills sharp.

All About Output

Employees want to be stimulated and motivated. They want to learn and improve. With an ITS in place, companies can give employees just that. Employees and companies can use ITS to continuously improve and streamline their processes. Simply put, better trained employees means better companies.

Next week, we’ll look at how to find and implement an ITS.

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