E-learning for Process Training – Enhancing Manufacturing Efficiencies

E-learning for Process Training - Enhancing Manufacturing Efficiencies

Manufacturing organizations employ a wide variety of processes, and proper training to their staff on these processes plays a key role in enhancing productivity levels. Good process training helps organizations make the best use of their people by optimizing their performance and ensuring consistency in work.

But, what does it take to impart good process training to your staff?

For years, manufacturing companies have been training their staff in classrooms and/or workshops. Though this form of training is highly effective, in recent times, many manufacturing companies have been adopting e-learning and blended learning methodologies to deliver process training. Various factors such as the possibility to train globally dispersed workforce in a cost-effective manner have led to firms increasingly use the online training medium.

How can e-learning help meet the process training needs of manufacturing companies?

Highly effective online training can be provided to the people of manufacturing firms on the following,.

  1. Production planning and Lean manufacturing processes
  2. Industrial processes
  3. Quality control processes
  4. Supply chain management processes

Production planning and Lean manufacturing 

Convey their importance effectively 

Bite-sized videos containing messages from the CEO or other members of the top management team can go a long way in convincing the staff of the need to go in for new processes. The videos help the people understand how the adoption would enable the company to achieve its objectives better.

Help workers identify wastage 

Online courses containing scenarios are very useful to help learners identify the causes of wastage of time, effort and raw material during manufacturing and improve productivity.

Enable staff to master production planning and Lean manufacturing tools 

Simulation-based online courses help master the tools used in production planning and Lean manufacturing. They also enable the personnel to try and test new methods to improve productivity in a risk-free environment. Thus eLearning facilitates constant improvisation – the fundamental principle of kaizen.

Industrial processes

Provide a good understanding of the process 

3-D software applications are very useful to provide a thorough understanding of various industrial processes such as those involved in computer-aided design and fabrication. For instance, the British Columbia Institute of technology has developed a 3-D learning application to train aircraft technicians on the assembling of aircraft engines.

Help practice the steps involved in the process 

Simulations are ideal tools to help your people gain “hands-on experience” on industrial processes. They provide immersive learning experiences and re-create the “actual” environment in which the employee performs the tasks. For example, the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) uses a simulator to train learners on the steps involved in operating cranes. 

Quality Control

Deliver highly effective training on quality standards 

Every organization follows certain quality standards, and it is necessary for it to train its people on the processes used to adhere to these standards. E-learning can be used very effectively to train staff on these processes. For instance, case-studies, animations and interactivities such as hotspots, tabs, and slideshows can be used to deliver highly effective training on Six Sigma.

Train staff members on Total Quality Management (TQM) 

E-learning can be used to train employees on TQM very effectively. They can be trained on TQM processes using graphics and simulations, while the underlying principles can be taught through scenarios. 

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Provide good training on the supply chain process 

The online medium can be used to explain the steps involved in the supply chain in an engaging and interesting manner. Instructional techniques such as charts, images and interactivities can be utilized for this purpose.

Impart excellent training on SCM software 

Today, companies are using a wide variety of software tools to ensure hassle-free supply chains. E-learning can be used to train people on the steps involved in using these tools through instructional approaches such as simulations.

E-learning helps deliver good training on production planning and Lean manufacturing processes. It enables manufacturing companies to train their people on industrial and quality control processes. The online medium can be used to facilitate a smooth supply chain by training staff effectively on supply chain processes and handling SCM software. Indeed, it is the ideal medium to deliver process training. What do you think?

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