Simulation Training

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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So you've taken a good hard look at your manufacturing practices, and identified the processes that should be changed. You've designed a whole new floor plan that allows your employees to get the job done without having to run all over the building. You've even ordered new robots and installed a few conveyor belts. What more do you need to do? Ah, yes--it's time to teach your employees how best to utilize this new game plan. Simulation training can be a great tool to help educate your employees--without the risk of them accidentally stopping the production lines.

Your employees may be wonderful--you hired the best, after all--but to them, your new processes may be unknown territory. With months or possibly years of ingrained habits to break, their first couple days under the new blueprint may be a little shaky. And no matter how carefully you may verbally explain your great ideas, actually seeing their new procedures may make the learning curve a little easier for them to navigate.

With simulation training, you take the same software you used to design your new processes, and let your employees in on the fun. With animation and interactive 3-D models right before their eyes, they can get a good feel for what their future work days will bring. Many of these ideas may be new to them, and they may not trust that these unfamiliar strategies will work. But with process simulation software, they can see the projected results for themselves.

Simulation Training for Real-Life Success

If you give your employees a few days to try out their new "virtual" workspace, chances are the first few days in their real workspace will go a lot more smoothly. After all, your new plan of action is supposed to increase productivity--not create confusion that could bring your lines to a grinding halt. Simulation training can give your employees the confidence and know-how to bring your ideas to fruition.

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