Written by Peter Mate, President of Planit Canada, for Woodworking Canada.
If we can’t find workers to help with our bottlenecks, we should turn to technology. We really don’t have many other options. Both software and machines are available to help with our bottlenecks no matter where they are. Sometimes it’s just a question of added training in order to better optimize what’s being sent to the shop floor.
We can’t eliminate employees in our business, but we can sure use the ones we have as efficiently as possible and minimize the new hires required. Anything that can be streamlined and done by a machine or software should be thoroughly considered.