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Tovuti

Designed as a people-centric LMS, Tovuti makes learning fun and management simple – boosting productivity for users and admins alike. Generate courses in seconds with AI. Increase learner engagement with interactive videos, memory...Read more about Tovuti

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Trakstar Learn

Skip the classroom, train anywhere. Trakstar Learn's cloud-based e-learning platform provides a simple, training solution for employees working from home, in the office, or in the field. We make it easier for business leaders to e...Read more about Trakstar Learn

4.2 (105 reviews)

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Absorb LMS

Absorb Software is an AI-powered learning management system (LMS) provider for all learners inside and outside an enterprise, across industries globally. Purpose-built for an engaging, personalized learner experience and efficient...Read more about Absorb LMS

4.5 (282 reviews)

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eloomi

Our learning and development platform is the simplest way to see success with people development. In one unified platform, you can now eliminate complexity and fuel productivity. From onboarding to compliance, from skill-buildin...Read more about eloomi

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SkyPrep

SkyPrep LMS is a cloud-based learning management solution that offers a platform to training administrators for creating, managing and selling training courses. Key features include custom branding, automated learner enrollment an...Read more about SkyPrep

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Thinkific

Thinkific is a versatile and comprehensive online course platform designed for entrepreneurs and educators. It excels in offering an array of features for course creation, marketing, and sales. Users can build personalized, brande...Read more about Thinkific

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LearnWorlds

LearnWorlds is a cloud-based, all-in-one LMS designed to help businesses create, sell and market online courses. It is suitable for entrepreneurs, eLearning companies, corporate trainers, educational organizations, SMEs and large ...Read more about LearnWorlds

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ExpertusONE

ExpertusONE is transforming how today’s companies train their employees and how learning resources are found, shared, tracked, collaborated on, and retained. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, ExpertusONE is a leading global enterpr...Read more about ExpertusONE

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Learning Pool Platform

Learning Pool Platform delivers personalized and purposeful workplace learning at scale through the use of intelligent data. The platform applies insights into who a learner is, what they know, and what they need to do in real t...Read more about Learning Pool Platform

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Prosperity LMS

Ziiva's suite of Prosperity software systems is designed to help businesses manage their employee training programs. It is suitable for businesses of all size and kind to deliver an end-to-end learning management solution. Pr...Read more about Prosperity LMS

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LearnUpon

At LearnUpon LMS we’re on a mission to help you unlock the power of learning. Combining our award winning LMS and our industry-leading Customer Experience team, we pride ourselves on being a trusted partner to over 1,300 businesse...Read more about LearnUpon

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TalentLMS

TalentLMS is the LMS built for training success. Designed to get a yes from everyone, its where great teams, and companies, go to grow. With an experience thats fully customizable and easy to manage, teams embrace training while f...Read more about TalentLMS

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Docebo

The Docebo Learning Platform is designed to be intuitive for admins, engaging for learners, and transformative for businesses. With Docebo, organizations can deliver personalized learning experiences to multiple audiences, includ...Read more about Docebo

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iTacit

iTacit is a workforce app designed to simplify communication and improve engagement between employers and teams. This solution is suitable for organizations in various industries including healthcare, government, banking, manufact...Read more about iTacit

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SmarterU LMS

Do you need to deliver compliance training with certifications, deploy an eLearning course library, or author courses – for employees, customers, partners, or volunteers? SmarterU LMS can help you! Specializing in online learning...Read more about SmarterU LMS

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360Learning

360Learning is a Collaborative LMS tool. The platform helps users to author and conduct interactive learning experiences so learners can practice, demonstrate, and repeat until they master the skill. 360Learning helps teams auto...Read more about 360Learning

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Cornerstone LMS

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Thought Industries

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OpenSesame

OpenSesame is an elearning course provider that offers more than 20,000 courses covering business skills, safety, compliance, technology, industry-specific and certifications, and it is suitable for the training needs of organizat...Read more about OpenSesame

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Kallidus Learn

Kallidus Learn is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) featuring certification and compliance management, a built-in course library and SCORM compliance. The system is suitable for large and midsize organizations in a va...Read more about Kallidus Learn

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

A top challenge in the manufacturing industry is the shortage of skilled labor, which impedes productivity and increases risks as well as overall operational costs.

Despite this, small business manufacturers need skilled labor that can work under heavily regulated compliance rules such as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Failing to comply with these regulations can lead to lawsuits, heavy fines and other penalties.

To meet the sheer volume of state and federal regulations, manufacturers need a learning management system (LMS) that automates employee training. The right LMS tool can help you create e-learning courses, videos, or custom content that employees can access at any time, from any location.

However, finding the right tool isn't always easy. Knowing which features you need and fully realizing the benefits of these features will help you purchase the right software for your small manufacturing business. To help you out, we have created this guide on the features, types and benefits of LMS software for manufacturing businesses.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Learning Management System for Manufacturing?

Common Features of Learning Management System for Manufacturing

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Benefits of Learning Management System for Manufacturing

Key Considerations

What Is Learning Management System for Manufacturing?

For manufacturing businesses, the LMS can automate the process of training employees on the factory floor as well as those employees who interact with customers every day. The software lets you create and assign e-learning materials as well as track and report the status of courses.

LMS for manufacturing businesses helps you do the following:

  • Create customized training modules for each employee. You can also assign training programs to an employee, team or for a role.

  • Add or update training programs on safety, compliance regulations etc.

  • Use analytics to measure the success of your training programs.

  • Access e-learning courses on any kind of device—desktop, mobile, tablet etc.

  • Reduce the cost of creating courses and managing employee training programs.

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The proficiency testing feature in Industrial & Manufacturing LMS (Source)

Common Features of Learning Management System for Manufacturing

In this section, we cover the key software features that a buyer should be aware of before they purchase a solution. Most small manufacturing companies will need some (or all) of these features in their LMS:

eLearning management

Helps businesses organize e-learning programs and simplify the process of administering learning such as course scheduling, content distribution and course enrollment.

Course tracking

Allows businesses to track a learner's progress in the administered courses or training programs.

Certification and compliance management

Provides learners the relevant certifications and compliance training programs for industries that require state or federal licenses.

Course catalog (or course library)

Offers a prebuilt library of training courses such as workplace operation procedures, safety training and employee behavior.

Proficiency testing/Reporting

Helps trainers test a learner's knowledge or skills using quizzes or assessments. The reporting feature helps trainers identify a learner's proficiency and skill gaps.

Course authoring (or content authoring)

Provides users the ability to create or customize courses using multimedia content (text, audio, videos etc.).

Extended enterprise

Allows businesses to add an e-commerce functionality, which lets customers or partners purchase training courses online.

Social learning

Helps users interact (share, comment or discuss) with other learners and subject matter experts (SMEs) on course forums.

Mobile learning

Allows users to access training materials on mobile devices. The course materials are available in bite-size sessions to efficiently deliver learning in short periods of time.

Gamification

Increases learner engagement with gaming elements, such as scoreboards, badges and rewards, in the course material.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

As you begin shortlisting your options for an LMS tool, you need to understand the type of buyer you are. This will help you better analyze your requirements and prioritizing software features into "must-have" and "optional."

This section breaks down the most common buyer types. We've identified the following two main types of buyers for this software:

Small manufacturers: These buyers often have low budgets and few IT resources. They need cost-effective LMS tools that are easy to implement and offer basic features such as course authoring, progress tracking and compliance/certification management. Alternatively, you can also check out some of the free and open source LMS tools.

Multi-location manufacturers: These buyers have to train employees spread across various international locations, which adds to the complex requirements from the LMS. These manufacturers need a tool with multi-language support, tracking feature for multiple facilities and customization option based on the location.

Managing multiple learners on a single LMS requires constant and frequent upgrades. Therefore, the LMS provider you choose should be able to update the tool without hindering the learning of existing users.

Benefits of Learning Management System for Manufacturing

As most LMS tools are flexible and available on a variety of platforms/media, they offer several benefits. Below, we've listed the top benefits for small manufacturing businesses:

Lower training costs: An LMS eliminates the need for expensive training events and any travel time to training venues. Also, trainers are able to simultaneously teach employees in multiple locations and reuse training materials, saving money and avoiding material wastage.

Personalized training: Most LMS tools allow you to tweak the programs as per employee needs based on the role and tasks. For instance, branching scenario allow learners to use critical thinking and respond in realistic situations. This helps them test their skills using different approaches in a virtual risk environment.

Customized learning: Trainers can modify the course material to make it more effective and engaging. For instance, you can add multimedia content (images, videos etc.) to the text in an e-learning course. Learners can also choose the type of content material (text or video) to suit their learning style.

Key Considerations

The software selection process requires you to consider many factors so that you make the right choice. For instance, the solution you chose may have all the relevant features, but it might lack the option to integrate with your HR system.

Here are a few key factors that should influence your purchase decision:

  • Ensure that the LMS software you choose offers all the “must-have" features you need now, and may need in the future, based on the demands of, and trends in, the industry.

  • Opt for free trials and demos to understand how an LMS works. Based on your experience and feedback, shortlist a few tools that best suit your requirements. Most LMS tools offer free trial periods of 14 to 30 days.

  • Choose an LMS tool that fits your budget and is scalable as your business grows. This will help you prepare for future growth and ensure that the software lets you add new users, when needed. Check for hidden costs or fees before you purchase a solution.