Reduced hourly wages. Shrinking labor union membership. Plants moving offshore or outright closing. Today’s business news paints a grim picture of modern manufacturing’s sad decline, at least in north America. Has the well spring of invention that fueled the long history of improved productivity in US manufacturing finally run dry?
Hopefully not. Maybe one of the major problems remaining for automation in manufacturing is right there in plain sight calling for a long-overdue solution. Namely workforce scheduling. How to bring it into line with the urgent need for improved productivity and reduced cost of operations?
We’re not talking about a bigger or faster machine. We’re talking about applying the computer in a new way to solve the critical problem of optimizing the allocation of the entire workforce.
Posted by Terry Schilling, VP Marketing & Sales