[IMTS Preview] Simonds Launches Web-Based Employee Training, Certification

Sept. 7, 2010
New online training program developed for saw operators and supervisors

Simonds International , a manufacturer of cutting tools and industrial products is introducing a new Web-based training program for bandsaw machine operators and supervisors. The program is one of the new interactive resources offered through Simonds’ Never Yield to Steel micro-site, an online training center. Each training module consists of short, technical training sessions that cover topics such as sawing basics, blade terminology, metallurgy, and problems and solutions. Programs are tailored for apprentice or master level professionals. Additional resources, such as Simonds’ online advanced cut calculator tool and online bandsaw catalog, round out the site’s offerings.

Recent reports confirm that manufacturing remains one of the bright spots in the U.S. economic recovery, but a high unemployment rate confirms that there are still fewer employees doing more jobs, working longer hours and juggling more responsibilities. “The call for increased productivity and accountability in the manufacturing arena will continue to grow,” said David Miles, vice president of sales and marketing, Simonds International. “We recognized an opportunity to provide our customers with the expert tools and training that will help expand job knowledge and proficiency.”

Miles added that the recent shift in the industrial economy has also changed the way employers assess job candidates. “With more sophisticated machining technology coming down the pipeline, on-the-job ability will be more important than ever, and employees who demonstrate increased knowledge, versatility and creativity will be well positioned as employers look to boost productivity and protect capital investments.”

The online certification also benefits supervisors whose primary area of expertise may not be in bandsawing. Simonds’ training can help troubleshoot common sawing problems and build an educational portfolio for employees. “The certification helps to build pride in workmanship that helps supervisors train and develop employees for the long-term,” says Miles.

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