How many times have you been to an automation training course, or any training course for that matter, and left feeling that it was a waste of time? Irrelevant, poorly designed courses leave employees feeling frustrated and managers no better off in terms of the team’s skills.

While an increase in production orders is good news for the business, plant floor personnel may see it differently.

The pressure to ‘do more with less’ is one of the biggest challenges manufacturing managers now face.

Ask the expert: Senior Systems Engineer Stuart Mitchell gives us his first-hand insights into the current challenges Australian food and beverage manufacturers face.

In our previous post, we outlined the various methods you could use to identify the non-negotiable and desired skills your organisation needs to achieve its short-term and long-term objectives.

In a report by Deloitte, manufacturing executives reported that talent-driven innovation is the number-one determinant of competitive advantage.

Having spare parts on hand is a crucial aspect of manufacturing maintenance, as every plant needs to carry a certain amount of spares to be able to recover in the event of a failure. 

It’s widely agreed that equipment criticality ratings (ECR), also sometimes known as machine criticality ratings (MCR), are an important part of designing and setting manufacturing maintenance priorities.

Empowered staff who have the skills and knowledge to make decisions are the ones who’ll be proactive, champion change programs and add the most value to the business, like reducing downtime, before it occurs. But managers can’t force people to feel empowered.

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