Speaker: Michel Gadbois
Complex discrete manufacturing deals with complicated products that are manufactured infrequently and differ from piece to piece. It requires an enormously fine-tuned process to control product configuration and to ensure that the shop floor activity yields exact product results. When things go wrong, a well-structured process is needed to understand why, correct errors, and prevent them from happening again.
iBASEt did some studies and found that the greatest employees in complex discrete manufacturing became great by making between $150,000 and $300,000 worth of mistakes in their careers and surviving them to gain a wealth of knowledge about what to do and what not do to in the industry.
Fifty percent of people in the complex discrete market will retire in the next seven years, so there will be fresh employees entering the workforce out of college as empty vessels, waiting to make the blunders that have been expected when workers are unfamiliar with difficult processes.
With today’s margins, companies cannot train employees by allowing for repeat mistakes. Organizations have to ensure their workers can complete the process correctly the first time, so work instructions have to change to accommodate today’s workers’ visual learning style.
Process changes need to be highlighted with integrated process management tools that simplify their delivery. Work needs to be recorded, and workers need to receive notifications when work they record does not make sense. Discrete manufacturing professionals need to be productive from day one.
It is also important for organizations to be able to capture information without employing people to transcribe and move it. In a smoothly operating environment, all employees should be focused on adding value through functions like continuous improvement.
At the end of the day, in order to compete in today’s digital manufacturing revolution, companies must find a solution to integrate all interfaces into one digital thread. Download our eBook to learn how Solumina can make this a reality.