Original Date: 01/23/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Instructional Video
Facing the reality of lower production requirements, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) implemented an instructional video program to capture specific operations and skills in many manufacturing applications. Sandia realized that if the information captured could be included in an on-line manufacturing system, it could maintain a competitive edge. In the past training existed but it involved two people (trainer/trainee) away from work. If bad habits were taught then bad habits were propagated and skilled operators were not always available to train when needed.
Improvement was required to address agile manufacturing, multi-task proficiency (at all levels), maintenance of broad-based skills, and development of expert training tools used in the relocation of manufacturing processes. To accomplish this, changes were implemented using Sandia's professional videographers to shoot the videotape and edit the final product. Several different videos have captured the art of performing specific operations and are available for operators in a video library. The tapes range from three to seven minutes depending on the application involved.
The processes and the time involved in producing include:
Operation Time Total Man Hours
Videotape Manufacturing Two to eight hours
Operation Review of Video One to three hours
Edit, Script, and Narrate Four to 12 hours
Sandia National Laboratories shares benefits from the new training model. Quality is enhanced and inspection reduced as each worker can compare results of their work to the video record. "Real-time" training is now available on demand. Consistent training for all operators reduces process variability. Language barriers are minimized by using instructors fluent in English. The instructional videos provide a permanent, complete visual record for quality assessment. Intricate, complex operations are now easily understood. The instructional video program was instrumental in enhancing worker and environmental safety through improved communications at Sandia National Laboratories.
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