Bridge to a Brighter Career

Replacing Existing Skills and Abilities to Attain Changes toward Smart Manufacturing

The primary objectives of a manufacturing company today revolve around quality, lead time and cost. Total lead time results from a combination of materials and information flow and the overall efficiency of the manufacturing processes. Cost is the result of all value-added activities (any activity that adds value to a product paid by the customer, hereafter known as value-added) as well as a fluctuating of numerous non-value-added activities that occur anywhere in the manufacturing chain (non – value activity is anything that the customer is not willing to pay hereafter known as Waste). Put simply, if non-value-added activities are not adequately controlled and minimized, profits are reduced. The amount that manufacturing costs can be reduced is therefore a reliable measurement of the financial performance of the company as a whole.

Organizational Change begins with the alignment of senior management to common goals and establishing a sense of urgency that trickles down to the next level. That ultimately reaches to the shop floor where every worker becomes aware of the need for change and the role each person will play in the realization of that change. To reach these objectives, manufacturers need to replace existing skills and abilities in independent functions with much more innovative and creative ones which are interrelated. The industry needs to invest in the development of the workforce, but such development must be in line with the desired strategic change and essential knowledge required to attain those changes.