We want to say thanks again to Wendy Wloszek and Larry Housel of Industrial Mold & Machine (IMM) for another great webinar! They did a fantastic job of revealing how the manufacturing industry is leveraging collaborative tools in a big way, and the ROIs that are being realized with both executives and workers on the shop floor.
IMM is paving the way for pushing new technologies to make information sharing and communication in an industry that is considered ‘old fashioned’ easier. In a field where the apprentice journeyman relationship is critical for future company success, with use of collaborative integration and mobile access to information, their workplace has been transformed.
Every employee is equipped with an iPad for access to IMM Connect, their name for the Socialtext platform that resides behind their firewall, enabling information to follow material at all times, which expands IT to the shop floor. The extensive use of Socialtext Page Tracker widgets allows IMM to visualize and coordinate workflow. Now experts and apprentices alike have access to plans and schematics anywhere to streamline the process of editing and adapting to changes. According to President Wendy Wloszek:
Collaboration is how you turn an underperforming employee into a companies’ asset, creating a system where everyone can be a winner within. We always try to view the uninformed or unskilled as a challenge to create an environment where they can be successful. Converting the expertise of industry veterans into information that can be redistributed to others in need of it has been area that we have had success since implementing Socialtext.
They have also integrated new technologies in 3D design software, providing employees with a simplified view into what they are building. Being able to watch shared 3D animations of color coded schematics of molds, makes it that much easier for expertise in the field to spread through their organization.
Overall, it’s an encouraging story of how enterprise 2.0 along with other technologies can be used to move the needle for workers outside of office buildings on the manufacturing floor. Watch the webinar, The Real Time Information Revolution – Coming to a Tool Shop Near You, You can see a replay of the Webinar here.
Also, IMM’s Larry Housel, Head of IT has been nominated as a semifinalist in the Constellation SuperNova Awards! Vote for him to win this prestigious award here.