Automated solutions are fundamental to Sidel’s commitment to adding value to its customers’ packaging production operations. However, the company also recognizes the vital role that people play in optimizing the performance of a packaging line. Well-trained staff can contribute to faster detection of potential issues, downtime minimization, improved product quality and much more.
Meeting production challenges
Global trends in packaging production bring new challenges to producers. Increasingly flexible production requirements; consistently safe, high-quality products; reliable equipment; greater beverages and brand integrity throughout the supply chain; reduced material and utility consumption; and lower costs are all now expected by the modern producer.
The 2015 Sidel Technical Training Catalogue contains Sidel’s comprehensive range of training programs aimed at helping producers meet today’s production challenges. From courses on Sidel equipment – blowing and coating, filling (including aseptic and sensitive), Combi’s, labelling, wrapping systems, end of line and palletizing – to programs dedicated to packaging processes, diagnostics and technical management, the catalogue features over 350 courses. It also includes details on Sidel’s competence audits, an invaluable means of identifying the current knowledge level and technical competence of a producer’s staff, providing a benchmark from which a customized training plan can be tailored for each individual.
Luigi Armani, Sidel Technical Training Director, commented, “Our training programs are about equipping our customers’ employees with the skills and competence needed to excel. We adopt flexible methods and innovative tools, including real equipment and virtual systems, to ensure that our training has a direct relevance to the work environment. This means that the skills learned are directly transferable to the customer’s own production facilities, providing efficient operation for maximum performance.”
Knowledge transfer backed by practical experience
The objective of Sidel’s training programs is to enable a customer to become an expert on their own Sidel production line. Practical training is therefore a focus of the programs. All of Sidel’s trainers have many years of experience as Sidel Services™ technicians, ensuring that they have in-depth knowledge of real production issues which relate directly to the customer’s business. To assist in this practical approach, the courses are based on active teaching methods, which include basic skills training supported by multi-media tools and practical activities.
Many of the courses are delivered at Sidel’s seven dedicated Technical Training Centers located around the world in the USA, France, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Malaysia and China. The global reach of Sidel’s training programs demonstrates the importance that Sidel attributes to training and the focus the company has on transferring its in-depth knowledge to producers at a local level. All of the centers are equipped with machines, simulators, laboratory equipment, sub-assemblies and assembly benches for practical skills training. At the new training facility in China, a complete PET beverage production line has recently been installed to provide a complete experience of the PET packaging process. Training programs can also be tailored to customers’ specific requirements, including the option to deliver the training at a customer’s own production site if required.
Sidel Technical Training Director Luigi Armani continues, “It is about maximizing the potential of staff and equipment. The modular approach that we have adopted in developing our courses means there is something to fit all functions regardless of skill level, from technical training and line management to product management, safety and environment.”
Solid foundation for future development
Sidel has been conducting training programs for over 40 years and now trains over 5,000 people annually, delivering more than 20,000 training days in multiple languages and using various techniques. The training sessions are adapted to each step in a customer’s equipment life cycle, providing the means to evaluate and innovate through a workforce that really understands the capabilities of the packaging line and who can manage it safely and efficiently. As a result, 96% of trainees give Sidel a ‘very good’ score for training delivery.
Training is part of the Sidel Services™ portfolio, which also includes Maintenance, Line Improvement, Spare Parts & Logistics, Line Conversions & Molds, and Packaging. A copy of the 2015 Sidel Technical Training Catalogue is available at sidel.com/training.