The latest study from the Center for Automotive Research focuses on Automation in the Manufacturing Environment. Consistent with other surveys, finding skilled workers is the most significant challenge facing manufacturing companies. But another key finding is that for all the information that we can gather from Industry 4.0/IIOT/new equipment investment, fewer than 8% of the surveyed companies are fully utilizing the sensor capabilities. One respondent said that their company is using its new equipment in much the same way as it used the old machines.
Which makes me think: Of course we want new employees to be well-versed in the technology we are using. But shouldn’t we expect the same from our current workforce? Shouldn’t we train them the skills needed to best use currently available equipment/ practices/ materials?