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July  19, 2021

The Next Normal: Building Capabilities for Success

The Time Is Now

Too often, when we think of expanding our capabilities, we look at building size, equipment growth or technology improvements.  The largest overlooked capability building should start with our people, and developing talent should be every leader’s #1 job!  One of the most important things an organization should do is understand the role between capability building and business value, according to Liz McNally at McKinsey & Company.

Capability building is a critical step toward corporate sustainability

Capability building through training is a crucial aspect of personal and professional development. It is also a critical step toward corporate growth and sustainability. Training programs provide individuals with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to perform tasks effectively and efficiently. Whether in the workplace or our personal pursuits, training enhances one’s ability to achieve goals and adapt to evolving challenges. Companies such as Kruse Training have deployed all these learning modes for the plastics industry. From digital learning with outstanding animation, this lesson-based training also allows your employees to drill down for microlearning of one concept at a time. In addition, Virtual Reality through VR goggles really drives the concepts home. 

Virtual reality has become mainstream for many industrial applications, allowing users to explore, learn, and prepare for new technologies. Kruse Training has developed the first fully functional molding shop floor VR solution. The goal is to create virtual reality classes for injection molding processing, teach users how to become “VR Molding Experts”, and get ready to work on an actual shop floor. These VR molding classes are being developed to support a molding company’s hands-on process training initiatives. The new technology will allow process engineers to walk and work through individual molding set-ups and processing tasks, giving them the skills and confidence to advance to the next level of molding challenges.

A woman trained by AR, wearing VR goggles.

New learning methodology involves remote learning, micro-learning and technology-based learning

Many believe that event-based capability building is changing.  While the value of getting together in a room to learn still exists, it is changing.  The new emerging model includes remote learning, micro-learning and technology-based learning.

AI and the pressure for rapid learning

AI has transformed the manufacturing industry, bringing benefits such as increased productivity, improved safety, and better product quality. However, it also presents challenges related to workforce displacement and the need for reskilling initiatives to adapt to the changing nature of manufacturing jobs. Striking a balance between automation and human involvement will be crucial to maximizing the potential benefits of AI in manufacturing while ensuring a positive impact on the workforce.

In conclusion, The speed at which AI is advancing requires an urgency to get all of our employees proficient at their current jobs so they are prepared to embrace the rapid learning that we are facing. 

2023 Training Summit

September 26th, 2023 | Irvine, CA

Hosted by Kruse Training, Arburg and Turner Group, we will be bringing together a committed team of industry leaders and education specialists where we will address the needs for technology training for new technologies rapidly emerging in the industry. Striving to keep pace with today’s  technology, we will work together to establish a roadmap for aligning the plastics industry for the future. Featuring presentations, panels and open discussions. 

Technology plays a crucial and integral role in training people to utilize technology effectively.
Join us to see where technology is today and where it is heading