[Podcast] The Importance of Training for Manufacturing
January 27, 2021

Is training just an extra expense for a project? Or is it an essential part of how you make things better at your manufacturing facility?

Eric Martin C.E.T. shares 20 years of experience in automation design, and how your manufacturing training process needs to be considered before you start any manufacturing project.

Executive Summary & Timestamps

0:20 Training is often looked at as an expense or an extra to a project

1:30 – “It’s not that training isn’t important, some people fall into a trap that ‘everyone knows what I know”

“The goal is to take away assumptions so your staff can understand the equipment”

3:00 One size fits all training programs are not something I would recommend.

  • “To implement a training program, everybody needs to believe in what you’re doing and how you do it”

4:00 Why do people not take training seriously?

  • “Sometimes the problem is just busyness. Everyone is just too busy”
  • “Assumptions: We assume that everyone was at all the meetings and understands a problem the same way”

5:30 Every facility needs to have a training program in place.

6:50 Training should be reviewed on a yearly basis

  • Depending on the size of your organization, you should have a dedicated role.
  • “One shift gets more product out… well why is that?”

8:15 Can you have too much training?

  • “You need to have your training match up to your goals.”
  • “If you want your machines used and operated the way they were intended, you need to match the training to that goal”

9:00 What are signs that can show you if a facility has a good training program in place or not

10:35 Signage reveals something bigger?

“The less someone has to process, the quicker they can get things done”

12:50 – If you had an ideal training process/program.

14:20 – Should you rely on your suppliers to supply training procedures?

16:40 – Can you get more out of a supplier if you have a good training regime in place?

18:15 – If the training is fresh and delivers results, people will believe in it.

20:00 How do you get staff buy-in?

21:30 – the idea isn’t that you just do it once and then walk away.

23:40 – There is a cost to your training. How do you keep your costs down?

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Eric Martin C.E.T.

Eric Martin C.E.T.

Electronic Engineering Technologist, is owner and President of JAE Automation. For over 25 years, Eric’s passion has been about making things, and how to make them better. Since founding JAE Automation in 2000, along with leading his team, Eric has been engaged in automation design for the automotive, consumer goods, food and beverage sectors and many more.


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