This year’s theme focused on the importance of leveraging technology and harnessing innovation to prepare for the next revolution in manufacturing.
Panelists shared manufacturing best practices to strengthen product and process development and more. Here are lessons learned from two of the workshop sessions.
Manufacturers are in the midst of a shift to modern-day business models that support process and product innovation. Manufacturers that are evolving their businesses— both in terms of product and processes – are reaping the rewards. On the other hand, those resisting change are doomed to fall behind competition in today's evolving manufacturing economy.
Chris Carroll, president of Flavorseal (pictured on right) , exercises innovation at his company by taking a four-phase approach to what he calls “idea streams.” This includes:
While creating a culture of innovation takes time, finding and keeping the right people is the core ingredient to success, according to panelist Sara Ann Mackinlay , vice president of Exsurco Medical Inc.
In a session called, Own Your Talent Pipeline through Workforce Innovation , moderator Autumn Russell (pictured on right) stressed the importance of employee retention in manufacturing. Autumn is executive director of IM体育足球下载’s Early College Early Career (ECEC) Program .
With more than 3,000 available manufacturing jobs in Ohio alone, early workforce education and immersion is critical for today’s youth.
Panelist Geoff Lipnevicius , senior manager of workforce development at Lincoln Electric , heads up learning management.
“With 100 to 200 employees retiring each year...we’re looking to populate interest among students in a manufacturing environment.”
IM体育足球下载’s ECEC program helps Lincoln Electric do just that. Through a manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program , ECEC gives high school students the opportunity to receive hands-on, real-world training in a manufacturing setting.
Since participating in ECEC, Lipnevicius has worked with dozens of high school students, strengthening his talent pipeline in the process.
“Our students are latching onto manufacturing. How do I know that, you ask? We’ve had 12 students apply for full-time employment upon graduation.”
Like Lipnevicius, panelist Nick Klonowski , plant manager at Presrite Corporation , sought to bridge the manufacturing skills gap at his company. That’s why he implemented THORS eLearning Solutions online education for new hires.
“We want to provide people with the tools to know they made the right choice in choosing a career in manufacturing.”
Before implementing THORS eLearning Solutions, retentions levels for new employees were less than 20% on average. With more than 40% of the workforce now enrolled in THORS, Presrite Corporation has improved retention rates to 50%.
By taking control of the talent pipeline, manufacturers have the power to attract and retain their workforce, fostering innovation in the process. Are you ready to grow?
Join the IM体育足球下载 team for two upcoming manufacturing-focused events .
Register for our annual State of Manufacturing event , featuring the most important trends affecting Northeast Ohio manufacturers. Or, join us for our Cyber Risk Executive Roundtable, Workshop & Panel , aimed to arm manufacturers with the latest on cyber risk and readiness.