News. 4 Technology training lacking for over half of manufacturers. Over three-in-ten decision makers have doubts about skills in automation and robotics. Over half (55%) of manufacturing decision makers admit that their organisation is failing to invest in training on the use of new technologies. This is according to research findings by Visual Components, polling respondents in the UK, US, Germany and France. To add to this concern, almost a third (32%) don’t believe that the majority of their workforce are skilled in using automation and robotics in the manufacturing environment, reflecting the potential consequences of not prioritising training programmes. However, 71% are at least fairly confident that their business has embraced Industry 4.0 concepts such as automation, artificial intelligence and real-time data, while 72% believe their current solutions allow workers to be at the centre of the production process, suggesting a level of misplaced confidence among business leaders. The need to better utilise technology in the manufacturing environment is highlighted by the mistakes that are currently being made on the factory floor. As many as 24% of decision makers cite low flexibility for different jobs with a robot, poor layout design (20%) and a wrong focus point (16%) as some of the key errors made. Although Industry 5.0 practices are already being adopted in the industry, only 18% of decision makers say they have a very good understanding of the concept, while only 29% have made significant or good progress in their digital transformation roadmaps, which is critical for Industry 5.0 progress. Decision makers do believe however that automation and robotics is the most important to build or redesign the factories of the future (29%), highlighting the importance of eradicating errors and increasing efficiency as new robots are incorporated. “Many manufacturing organisations are failing to invest in the right technology and associated training to support employees. Simulation software can for example reduce the likelihood of mistakes when implementing robotics and/or automation, and will help build understanding of Industry 5.0 concepts as the factories of the future are designed and the Industry 4.0 era comes to an end,” said Mikko Urho, CEO at Visual Components. Although over eight-in-ten (85%) manufacturing organisations currently use simulation software or have plans to do so in the future, less than one-in-five (18%) state that it is easy-to-use for all employees, further highlighting the importance of choosing the right solution and integrating effective training for staff.