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William Brum

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One-Point Lesson Plans

An effective learning tool in a manufacturing environment

Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 10:51

Today’s manufacturing equipment can be complicated in nature with many integrated components all controlled by computerized technology. The responsibility of running and monitoring the equipment and process can be an intimidating task to an equipment operator on the production floor. Manufacturers have learned a simplified design combined with operator engagement is the best recipe to deliver a highly reliable process and quality product. One of the leading tools to accomplish this engagement is the use of the one-point lesson plan.

One-point lesson plans are the cornerstone of any good technology transfer and training plan. As the term states, a one-point lesson is intended to transfer knowledge on one specific feature or function of a larger process. The format incorporates pictures to aid in the visualization of the task. As the tool is also used as a training aide, a training date and signature record is included. A Butler Automatic Splicer one-point lesson is shown in figure 1; it provides instructions on how to inspect film role core adaptors. Although simple in nature, a quality core adaptor contributes to the precise application of the film splicer when integrated with the larger production process.


Figure 1: A one-point lesson instructs operators of the Butler Automatic Splicer on how to inspect film role core adaptors

As a one-point lesson is intended to be an operator learning and training tool, many critical process parameters and tasks are communicated via this tool. The one-point lesson typically reside at the machine so operators can refer back to the instruction and reinforce knowledge as required. It is also intended that a trained operator can then utilize the one-point lesson to train new associates. Eventually operators begin to fully understand the equipment and process, and can work to refine the process and improve overall operating efficiency.

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William Brum

William Brum is the manager of aftermarket parts and service at Butler Automatic Inc., manufacturer and seller of zero-speed web splicing equipment located in Middleborough, Massachusetts.