Panel Builder System Integrator

December 7, 2020

By Eric Martin, C.E.T., JAE Automation

Conversations about automation technology and design often focus on one thing – the technology itself. We think of the high-tech robots, the automated conveyors, or the precision welding machines that make it possible for factories to operate more efficiently, productively, and safely.

However, any discussions around automation technology need to include the most important element – the people.

In any facility, people are operating the machines, conducting maintenance and repairs, handling setup and changeovers, or identifying new opportunities for improvement. What they bring to your facility impacts the entire organization.

That’s why any automation design project should include a plan, and, crucially, a budget, for training and development. Building a consistent, repeatable, and continuously evolving training program empowers employees to find new ways to make things better.

Plan for training during the design process

Training shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s not enough to put some basic training together once the equipment has been designed, built, and installed in the factory. Instead, training and development programs should be considered from the beginning, with schedules, budgets, and topics prepared as part of the design process.

Rather than viewing it as an expense or necessary evil, training should be thought of as an investment. It’s an investment in your people, their skills, and your business. Good training means good processes, and good processes mean better performance. Well designed training programs deliver value over the entire life of equipment or tenure of an employee, naturally providing a positive return on your investment.

With the help of an automation design partner, you can take time early on in the process to understand how you will set up your training, the level of depth you will go into, who will take part, and how the training is delivered. Some of this will depend on how your organization is structured while some of it will depend on the equipment, the level of complexity of the new solution, and the role it will play in your facility.

Failure to develop and implement well-designed training programs can have a very real impact on performance. Imagine, for example, that the night shift is outperforming the day shift in terms of productivity, throughput, and quality. After investigating, you find that the day shift has completely different processes and is doing things that you thought had been phased out in favour of better methods.

This may be a sign that training is not being conducted the same way for everyone. Through consistent, repeatable, and evolving training programs, you can reduce this risk and keep everyone working together toward a common approach.

Make training consistent, repeatable, and evolving

Too often companies have training programs that are static, one-time exercises. Sure, it’s necessary to train new employees when they are hired or train staff on new equipment, but that’s not enough to drive the types of improvements you should be looking to make.

First, training should be conducted consistently and at regular intervals. It is ongoing, with new information and ways of doing things incorporated into the program so that everyone benefits from organizational learning. This not only acts as a refresher for employees, but also creates opportunities to go deeper into topics that would otherwise not be covered in high-level introductory sessions.

Second, it’s crucial that training is repeatable. It’s no good to have 20 different people doing things 20 different ways, but that’s exactly what can happen if training isn’t conducted regularly and with a repeatable process.

Finally, training programs should evolve to include new and improved ways of doing things. As people become more familiar with the technology, equipment, and processes, they find new ways of doing things that become part of their workflow.

These enhancements must be captured in training documentation and incorporated into the training that all employees receive. New ways of doing things should be communicated with the rest of the team, allowing the entire company to benefit. Training isn’t static. It’s a living, evolving process that should be based on continuous improvement.

Empower your employees to make things better

Good training goes beyond teaching people how to use the machine. Instead, well designed training empowers people. It creates a culture that recognizes the role people play in your facility and the impact they have on your performance and business success. A consistent, repeatable, and evolving training program enriches employees by investing in the skills, knowledge, and abilities they need to be successful in their jobs.

In short, better training means more people who know how to make things better. And when your entire business is tied to the performance of manufacturing, that’s an investment that’s worth making.

Source

 Nexans Webinar - Key 2021 Electrical Code Changes Impacting Wire and Cable  

Nexans Free WebinarJoin NEXANS for a free webinar with Isaac Müller, Applications Engineer for Nexans as he reviews and discusses the changes to the 2021 Canadian Electrical Code related to wire and cable. This free webinar will take place Wed, Jan 27, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST


This webinar includes:
- Updated rules to protect cables (12-514,12-516)
- New conditions of use for wire & cable (Table 19)
- An opportunity to ask your questions

Click here to register today.


 

Changing Scene

  • Prev
Robomold Plastic Solutions, a division of Gemini Inc., recently announced that it has partnered ...
EY Canada is pleased to welcome Montreal-based Resolution Inc. to the firm today to enhance its ...
Pepperl+Fuchs SE will implement o9 Solutions' AI-powered platform globally to establish ...
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated and FLIR Systems, Inc.jointly announced that they have entered ...
Rittal Systems Ltd., Canada would like to announce that Tim Rourke will be resigning as President, ...
Part 4 of the digital press conference series “Join us for a coffee...” took a look into the future ...
Littelfuse, Inc. has recently launched a food and beverage industry web page to help customers ...

How the Combination of Artificial Intelligence and IoT Makes the Smart Factory a Reality

Artificial Intelligence and IoTPart 4 of the digital press conference series “Join us for a coffee...” took a look into the future of manufacturing and showed how industrial companies can increase efficiency, product quality and revenue by linking artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things – this time with the expertise of KUKA, Device Insight and Sentian.

When it comes to combining artificial intelligence and IoT, industry has so far clearly focused on predictive maintenance. “A mistake,” says Dr. Christian Liedtke, Head of Strategic Alliances at KUKA, with conviction. 

 

Read More

 


 

Rittal Systems Ltd., Canada, Announces a New President

Tim Rourke and Andre BousetteRittal Systems Ltd., Canada would like to announce that Tim Rourke will be resigning as President, and Andre Bousette will be stepping into this role, taking leadership of Rittal’s Canadian operations.

Looking back at Tim Rourke’s 25 years with Rittal

Tim Rourke completed 25 years of exceptional service to Rittal Systems Ltd. in 2020. In 1995, Tim joined Rittal as an Outside Sales Representative in Eastern and Northern Ontario. In 1997, he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager for Ontario. 

Read More

 

Module_Divider.png

HARTING Cheering the National Handball Team

 

HARTING Cheering the National Handball teamWhen the German national handball team hits the pitch at the World Championship in Egypt (January 13-31, 2021), the entire HARTING Technology Group will once again be rooting for them. HARTING is the official sponsor and premium partner of the German Handball Association (DHB).

The Espelkamp-based family business wants to actively support the team so that the handball magic of 2007 (World Cup title) and 2016 (European Championship title) can be repeated. "HARTING and handball - that's commitment, passion and emotion. That's why this partnership has worked so well for years," says CEO Philip Harting. 

 

Read More


SmartROC D65 – Key to Kaunis Iron

SmartROC D65Just two years after Kaunis Iron started production of iron ore in Kaunisvaara, the company is planning a new open pit mine. An important part of that plan is SmartROC D65 rigs – and an arrangement where the rigs are regularly serviced on site by Epiroc personnel.

The November sky is clear in Kaunisvaara, and the morning sun has lit up the north side of the mine. Half-way down into the mine, two SmartROC D65 drill rigs are working, and in front of them are two rows with sticks. They have been stuck into the ground, each in its own drill hole with yellow plastic tubing, which makes the hole easier to load. 

 

Read More


 

Planning a New Automation Project? Make Sure You Budget for Training and Development

 

JAEBy Eric Martin, C.E.T., JAE Automation

Conversations about automation technology and design often focus on one thing – the technology itself. We think of the high-tech robots, the automated conveyors, or the precision welding machines that make it possible for factories to operate more efficiently, productively, and safely.

However, any discussions around automation technology need to include the most important element – the people.

 

 

 Read More


 

Product News

  • Prev
Following the current trend, this space-saving IP 65/67 Industrial PC hardware with flexible ...
AutomationDirect adds new series and models of enclosures from Hammond. Hammond data communication ...
ECOexperts Automation GmbH, based in Tieschen, Austria, specializes in infrastructure solutions. ...
Schneider Electric recently announced that Galaxy VS 3-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for ...
High-performance Touch Panels for demanding control and visualization tasks improve the operability ...
The CIMON PLC-S series is designed to be the most cost-effective unit in the PLC world. It provides ...
The JB-500 cable from HELUKABEL is designed for flexible use under medium mechanical stress with ...
IDEC's operator interface products offer a fantastic solution for your display needs. Bright LCD ...
Efficient, compact and reliable DC-UPS and buffer modules from PULS ensure highest system ...

Industrial PC in IP 65 for Direct Integration Into the Machine

Industrial PC in IP 65Following the current trend, this space-saving IP 65/67 Industrial PC hardware with flexible mounting options is ideally suited for implementing advanced Industrie 4.0 solutions. A wide variety of onboard interfaces enables the networking of machine or plant sections in the cloud or other networks.

Moreover, the integrated EtherCAT P connection offers undreamt-of possibilities for the direct connection of actuators and sensors via EtherCAT P Box modules with IP 67 protection. The decentralized solving of complex diagnostic or condition monitoring tasks is thus possible. 

 

Read More


 

 

Kerrwil Publications Great Place to Work. Certified December 2019 - December 2020

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2021 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil