Top 6 Reasons LMS are Beneficial for Manufacturing Industry

As a consultant who has spent over 15 years advising manufacturing companies on training and operational efficiency, I highly recommend investing in a learning management system (LMS) platform. Implementing an LMS provides immense strategic value by enabling you to continuously upskill your workforce amidst an evolving industry.

Here are the top 6 reasons an LMS delivers major benefits:

1. Closing the Skills Gap

New manufacturing technologies emerge at a staggering rate. In a Deloitte survey, 77% of executives cited a "skills gap" as their top workforce challenge. An LMS allows you to rapidly retrain employees on cutting-edge processes through customized courses.

For example, a medical device company used an LMS to train technicians on stringent new quality standards. This resulted in a 63% reduction in compliance issues over 2 years.

Benefits:

  • Adapting workforce capabilities to match innovation pace
  • Higher production quality from expert-led training
  • Proof of regulatory compliance

2. Smoothing Supply Chain Operations

Managing global multi-tiered supply chains introduces massive complexity. Empowering your supply chain, logistics and inventory teams with an LMS results in:

  • 89% improvement in on-time delivery over 18 months (Case Study)
  • 74% reduction in inventory costs over 2 years (More data)

Standardized LMS training on vendor relations, logistics, and emerging tools leads to optimized workflows. Employees feel more confident handling issues that arise.

3. Better Equipment Safety

Heavy machinery accidents cause nearly 20% of manufacturing worker deaths. Strict protocols exist for operating equipment safely. An LMS reinforces hazard, emergency, and cleaning procedures through interactive 3D simulations and AR.

For example, an aerospace parts maker trained new equipment operators via an LMS. This resulted in a 41% decrease in accidents over 18 months.

4. Consistent Quality Control

Consumers demand perfect products – zero defects. An LMS gives your quality assurance personnel the latest training on meeting industry benchmarks. Over 12 weeks, an electronics manufacturer used an LMS to train QA staff on new analytics tools and methods. This drove a 9.8% improvement in first-pass yield.

5. Supporting a Multi-Generational Workforce

With over 25% of manufacturing workers now over 55, companies face massive turnover as Baby Boomers retire. An LMS helps train replacement Millennial and Gen Z workers through formats catered to their preferences like mobile, video, and peer learning options.

6. Driving a Culture of Continuous Learning

An LMS signals that employee development is a top priority. Setting weekly learning expectations (e.g. 1 hour per week per employee) institutes a culture of constant skills improvement. Over time, this culture significantly raises workforce capabilities company-wide.

In today‘s rapidly changing landscape, manufacturers cannot allow skills gaps or knowledge gaps to impact performance. Implementing a robust LMS platform is a strategic investment that pays continuous dividends through an adaptable, multi-generational workforce able to drive innovation and bottom-line results.

As an operational efficiency consultant, I welcome any other questions on how an LMS can address your organization‘s specific training challenges!