This year’s Virtual Dude University was quite the event! We saw manufacturing professionals across a wide variety of industries, including food and beverage, metal fabrication and many others, come together for a two-day, action-packed conference.
An industry connect event led by our own team, including Lyndsey Nelson, Sales Manager; Melissa Merritt Holland, Senior Product Manager; and Paul Lachance, Senior Manufacturing Advisor, set the stage for our manufacturing track that consisted of seven. sessions.
If you couldn’t join us for this year’s event, not to worry, we are happy to share some of the biggest takeaways across the manufacturing industry.
This year and beyond there will be more demands on your time. More risks. More calls for flexibility to adapt to future changes. To meet these demands, you’ll need to manage your operations differently, more creatively, with a focus on efficiency, risk mitigation and future-proofing.
As you improve your maintenance operations, costs go down/profit improves. Even better, your team’s morale improves, and you’ll start to form a safer work environment and produce better quality products. Creating a preventive maintenance culture, streamlining your work orders, ensuring you have the right spare part at the right time – all these lead to lean & efficient operations.
There are risks all around us – people, assets, poor processes and the like. All these risks can lead to inefficiencies, increased costs and profit-killing downtime and even worse, possible physical harm to our team members.
Making smarter, more informed decisions based on data-driven insights can empower you to operate intelligently today while planning for tomorrow.
During the event, we heard from Jodi McDermott, our Chief Product Officer who shared that we understand your work is complex and a lot of people depend on you. We know the manufacturing industry is growing, changing and evolving every single day. We want to make sure we are understanding the trends and challenges you are facing.
We saw these key themes reflected in the development and support of Asset Essentials™, as well. As Dan Mishra, our Senior Direct of Product Management, mentioned in his session, “it’s a continuous improvement process and The Dude is with you every step of the way.”
Here are some of the specific ways we’re making software improvements to help you own your operations in these areas: