Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice helps hundreds of manufacturing businesses choose the right learning management system to manage their training programs.

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Tovuti

Tovuti is an all-in-one, cloud-based solution designed to activate the potential of organizations through creating, delivering and tracking online training and education. The end-to-end solution gives users everything they need to... Read more

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SAP Litmos

SAP Litmos is a cloud-based continuous learning platform that unifies learning management, the extended enterprise, prepackaged content and a content management system to meet organizations’ training needs. SAP Litmos is SSAE 16... Read more

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Bridge

Bridge is an employee development platform built specifically for employees and managers. It provides peer-to-peer practice, live in-person training, external learning, online courses, mentorship, manager 1:1s, goal tracking and peer... Read more

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Docebo LMS

Docebo is a cloud-based LMS solution to provide training programs for employees, partners and customers.  Docebo serves various industries including IT, technology, retail, consulting, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, oil and gas. Docebo... Read more

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PiiQ by Cornerstone

PiiQ by Cornerstone, formerly Cornerstone Growth Edition, is a cloud-based employee performance and learning management system that helps businesses to streamline their employee performance review process and prioritize learning for... Read more

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Saba Cloud

Saba Cloud provides companies across the globe with a cloud-based learning and talent management application designed to drive employee engagement, elevate skills and improve business productivity. Saba Cloud provides traditional... Read more

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Thought Industries

Thought Industries offers a cloud-based customer training platform designed to suit the needs of business across multiple industries including software, manufacturing, professional training, continued education, continued medical education,... Read more

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Moodle

Moodle is a cloud-based learning management solution that provides businesses and educational institutions with tools to design customizable training courses. It comes with a centralized dashboard, which enables users to track course... Read more

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BizLibrary

BizLibrary is a leading provider of online learning for growing organizations. Their award-winning microlearning video library engages employees of all levels, and their learning management system is a progressive catalyst for achievement.... Read more

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Coassemble

Coassemble is a cloud based learning management solution (LMS) that allows training administrators to create, manage and deliver online education. The solution is compatible with Android and iOS devices and enables users to access... Read more

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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 and... Read more

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Auzmor Learn

Auzmor Learn is a cloud-based learning management (LMS) system that helps businesses and organizations manage, track and deliver training to employees or affiliates. Auzmor Learn offers course-authoring capabilities and centralized... Read more

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Mindflash

Skip the classroom, train anywhere. Mindflash'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 enable... Read more

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eLearning Cloud

eLearning Cloud is a cloud-based learning management solution (LMS) from VAIRKKO that enables organizations to provide training to their employees. The solution allows users to distribute learning content to company employees, create... Read more

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Intertek Alchemy

Intertek Alchemy is a cloud-based and on-premise solution designed for food manufacturers, packagers and distributors of all sizes. It helps companies engage with their frontline employees to drive safety, quality and productivity... Read more

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Centralpoint - Learning Management System

Centralpoint by Oxcyon is a content management solution that can be installed on-premise or accessed on the cloud from any mobile device with an internet connection.The modular applications can be deployed in a configuration that suits... Read more

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CD2 Learning

CD2 Learning is a web-based learning management system ideal for enterprise-level companies. CD2 Learning serves businesses ranging from pharmaceutical companies, auto dealerships, food and beverage, among others. CD2 Learning offers... Read more

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KMI LMS

The KMI LMS is a cloud-based learning management solution used in a wide range of industries including health care, distribution, oil & gas and finance. While adaptable to many workflows and business models, the KMI LMS is best suited... Read more

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Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand is a cloud-based performance management solution. It enables users to recruit talent, customize learning initiatives, generate compliance reports, prepare high performers for succession and more. Cornerstone can... Read more

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Brainier LMS

Brainier LMS is a learning management system developed for companies of all sizes. Businesses in hospitality, insurance, banking, consulting, training, property management, real estate, telecommunications and various other industries... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: April 8, 2020

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.

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.
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  • Add or update training programs on safety, compliance regulations etc.
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  • Use analytics to measure the success of your training programs.
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  • Access e-learning courses on any kind of device—desktop, mobile, tablet etc.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.