Randy Blaylock with eFlex Systems, a developer of work instruction software, explained in the recent article published in Quality Digest that many companies ease employee transitions by converting existing documents into electronic work instructions based on the areas with the greatest defect rates or QA/QC challenges. This way, companies leverage electronic work instructions much faster than expected. As time and resources permit, less critical work instructions are brought into the electronic work instruction system.
Although automation has been successful in replacing repetitive, simple tasks, the human workforce still plays a critical role in manufacturing. Even the most sophisticated and automated manufacturing operations rely on human operators to configure, run, and properly maintain production equipment.
However, with low unemployment, talent retention in the manufacturing industry is particularly difficult, meaning manufacturers often spend a lot of time and money training employees, only to have them quit. When a new employee gets hired at a manufacturing plant they often get little to no onboarding or are treated poorly by a manager. Perhaps worst of all, more than half of all manufacturing employees report not having proper safety mechanisms in place to prevent an accident. With so many job openings currently unfilled, it is easy for an employee to find a new job where she can get a better experience from day one.
Electronic work instruction technology helps address these issues. By implementing such a solution, companies can more quickly train employees, clearly communicate with line operators, disseminate essential updates quickly, and verify training from anywhere. Everyone carrying out the instructions is doing so to an approved standard, reducing costly errors and rework.
Electronic work instructions allow human resources (HR) directors, plant managers, and the entire workforce to ensure the job is being done to meet zero defect goals, address all safety requirements (e.g., from OSHA or the FDA), and quantify accuracy and production objectives. All employees are trained the same way, using the same materials, leading to a better sense of structure, which helps employee retention.
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eFlex Systems (www.eflexsystems.com) is a recognized industry leader in the design and implementation of advanced technology and world-class digital solutions for the manufacturing and information technology markets. Serving a global customer base, the company’s reputation as a world class manufacturing software company and manufacturing consulting firm attracts new customers while preserving relationships with existing clients. Follow on Twitter @eFlexSystems.
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