5 Tools Your Manufacturing Employees Must Learn to Master

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The days of manufacturing jobs that could be largely filled by unskilled assembly line workers are fast disappearing. With increasing competition both at home and abroad, innovation, technology, and efficiency are crucial to staying competitive. Your workforce is of far more value to you if they possess or are willing to learn some essential skills. Here are five tools that your workers should master to enable progress.

Basic Computer Skills

Computerized systems are critical to efficiency. Digital technology encompasses online activity, data collection, machine programming, performance and safety monitoring, and solutions for inventory and quality control. If employees aren’t comfortable using and learning the applications you rely on, their value to the future of your organization is marginal.

Safety Gear

Accidents and injuries lead to lost time, rising insurance rates, and occasionally costly lawsuits. It’s important that every employee be trained to use the safety equipment particular to your industry and their job function, such as goggles, respirators, air quality meters, rubber gloves, and so on. Failure to provide protective equipment and appropriate training could also bring heavy OSHA fines.

Job Tools and Equipment

Each employee must also have the ability to use the tools needed to perform their job functions. Depending on your business, equipment such as milling machines, power tools, forklifts, hydraulic presses, and more may require specific training. The better trained your employees are, the more productive they will become. Ongoing training should seek to not only reinforce, but build upon the basic skills needed to use equipment. The more challenged your employees are, the more job satisfaction and loyalty they’ll acquire.

Communication

Tools for effective communication should also be familiar to workers. This could be radio or mobile technology for more efficient coordination between quality inspectors and production foremen, or machine operators and maintenance. A climate of open communication supports better collaboration and less wasted time, but it provides limited advantages if all affected employees are not schooled in the tools and protocols you have in place.

Penlights

This is a tool that can be an essential resource in a manufacturing environment. An inspection penlight can help to promote safety, quality, and smooth operation of equipment. They can empower your employees to conduct routine or emergency inspections of tools and materials even in poor lighting conditions.

Finding the right tools for your company can be difficult, but manufacturing can be a dangerous industry and it’s important for every employee to do their part in keeping themselves, others, and the machinery safe. When it comes to training and providing tools for workers, every purchase should make a direct and identifiable contribution to your safety, quality, and ROI.

 

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