Smart Manufacturing – Building Talent to Accelerate a Digital Transformation: Industry Report Part Three

This is volume 3 of the Smart Manufacturing Reports from SME.

NO EXCUSES: Build a Smart Workforce Today

According to SME’s Manufacturing in the New Industry 4.0 Era Survey (Smart Manufacturing: 7 Essential Building Blocks, SME’s Smart Manufacturing Industry Report. Vol. 1, No. 2), manufacturers say that two top barriers preventing smart technology are people-related:

  1. LACK OF CORPORATE LEADERSHIP TO LEAD AND PLAN A SMART MANUFACTURING STRATEGY
  2. LACK OF SKILL SET TO MANAGE IMPLEMENTATION

Early adopters, however, are already taking a leadership role by creating and implementing a talent strategy to train team members on the integration and use of technology throughout the supply chain.

To grow and innovate in what is project to become a nearly $400 billion market by 2025 (Smart Manufacturing Analysis By Component, By Technology, By End-use, By Region And Segment Forecasts, 2014 – 2025, Grand View Research, Inc., Nov. 2017), digital leaders like Steelcase and LAI International are transforming their operations, by investing in technology, equipment…and their people.

Their success demonstrates that the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies add value for facility managers, helping them move beyond data collection to smart manufacturing.

With nearly half (47%) of manufacturers planning to invest in digital technology solutions in the next 24 months (Smart Manufacturing: 7 Essential Building Blocks, SME’s Smart Manufacturing Industry Report. Vol. 1, No. 2), now is the time to determine needed competencies, ramp up recruiting, and bolster training of both new hires and incumbent workers….

This Smart Manufacturing Report focuses on the importance of learning culture, and how manufacturers are developing a “smart” workforce to drive business results.