How will manufacturers overcome the millions of unfilled jobs anticipated in coming years while keeping up with fast-growing demand? Thinking back on our time at PACK EXPO International in Chicago this year, addressing workforce challenges and digital transformation were common themes for exhibitors and attendees across the board. The skills and labor gaps facing manufacturers today, along with the emerging technology that must be learned and leveraged, is becoming a perfect storm for nearly all industries. While these challenges can be complex, solutions are clear. With the right technology investments, manufacturers can empower their employees and reach new levels of efficiency.
Augment your workforceProduction interruptions such as unexpected downtime or quality issues can be detrimental to your business. This impact is exponentially increased if not addressed quickly and can have lasting effects on your bottom line. Augmented remote assistance tools can provide 24/7 access to subject matter experts via audio and video correspondence during an unexpected event. This real-time, collaborative approach to support can help get production back up and running or correct quality issues in a timely manner. Not only are augmented remote assistance solutions more efficient when a problem occurs but they are often less costly than bringing a technician on site to complete the fix. Without them, you could find yourself waiting to receive the proper assistance (time you do not have to spare) and paying more for it in the end. When a piece of equipment goes down, it is not the time sifting through paperwork for traditional tutorials/work instructions to correct the issue. With remote support solutions, workers are connected with the right information at the right time so that you can continue to deliver on your commitments.
Augmented/Virtual Reality solutions are also key differentiators for OEMs. Being able to offer step-by-step tutorials to your customers is a big win. When a new process or piece of equipment is being introduced, customers can reduce resources needed for training and take a more self-service approach to educating their workforce. Further benefits of AR/VR solutions can include:
- Reduction in mean time to repair
- Improved asset utilization
- Increased output
- Positive impact on OEE