- By Thomas R. Cutler
- March 29, 2021
Automation is only effective when operators care for the production line. A skilled manufacturing workforce has considerable impact on product quality and manufacturing cycle efficiency.
Automation decisions must never be made in a vacuum without staffing considerations. Aligning skill sets and productivity are non-negotiable. For small to mid-sized manufacturers, falling behind on manufacturing throughput means delayed deliveries, which drives customers to find suppliers who deliver on-time.
Manufacturing success relies largely on the ability to increase throughput and satisfy customers. Improving manufacturing throughput is not the same as output. Output refers to the total production: quantity produced or completed including rejections, scrap, and stockpiled items. It is considered a measure of productive capacity for an industry, machine, factory, or individual. On the other hand, throughput only counts parts that are delivered and accepted by customers. Throughput is also defined as the rate at which something is processed or produced.
Hiring skilled labor
Automation is only effective when operators care for the production line. A skilled manufacturing workforce has considerable impact on product quality and manufacturing cycle efficiency. FactoryFix is an online platform that matches vetted manufacturing workers with companies seeking specific skill sets. This platform sets a new standard in how small to mid-sized manufacturers hire talent across the U.S.
According to Patrick O’Rahilly (pictured left), CEO & Founder, “FactoryFix ensures that workers possess the needed skills. Without this primary focus on labor, small manufacturers will suffer inefficiencies. Undertrained operators cause delays as they do not understand the entirety of the production process. Hiring skilled labor and training them so that they can make well-informed changes is key to maximizing throughput.”
As the manufacturing industry is poised for rapid growth over the next 24 months, hiring the best workers remains the top challenge. As the workforce is vaccinated and reshoring the supply chain becomes a clarion call for industry, finding the right people with the right skills forces plant managers, operations managers, and HR managers to find new and innovative recruiting strategies.
The solution cannot be yet another online job board or recruiting service. O’Rahilly reports his firm is actively growing a unique talent pool of manufacturing professionals, technicians, and experienced labor. This is accomplished by providing additional value to manufacturers and candidates. Providing a personalized career coaching experience for manufacturing personnel enhances and coordinates optimal professional development.
Manual production systems do not work when it comes to meeting tight production tolerances. Even the most dedicated and skilled employees get exhausted after a few hours of heavy labor. The appropriate use of factory automation can dramatically increase the manufacturing throughput. Automated production systems permit precision and the ability to perform repetitive tasks at a great speed. Operators can focus on planning, programming, and implementation. Modern industrial technology produces a large number of products while meeting the stringent quality control requirements. The right automated machines can greatly impact productivity when staffing is aligned.
Access to the best manufacturing candidates
With nearly 200,000 manufacturing workers within the network, companies utilize an annual subscription model. Small and mid-sized manufacturers are guaranteed qualified workers for any position available, from automation engineers and CAD designers to maintenance electricians and press operators.
A universe of manufacturing job candidates
Recently, O’Rahilly introduced a new service: a 3-directional chat service named TalentText. TalentText is an SMS messaging feature that connects applicants with managers via a text conversation, helping managers to engage directly, ease conversation flow, and ensure candidates actually show up to interviews. It allows a connection with candidates five times faster with straightforward, comfortable, and immediate access to messages via mobile devices.
The pool of potential workers must be wide and deep to create the perfect fit; misaligned staffing guarantees poor throughput. All the data and promised metrics from automating manufacturing facilities are theoretical. Manufacturing workers must understand, implement, and be ready to repair every aspect of an automated solution.
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