Box Plant Training Library in Development

We’re excited to announce that we’ll soon release our Corrugated Box Basics computer-based training module. What’s even more exciting is that Corrugated Box Basics is the first of an 8-module CBT library called Box Plant Basics that we’ve currently got in production; additional titles will be released shortly.

The Box Plant Basics course offerings will serve as a comprehensive introduction to the process of making corrugated boxes. Box plants can use it to:

  • Quickly get new hires up to speed on basic production issues
  • Ensure that all workers share a common understanding and working vocabulary
  • Give salespeople a working knowledge of the box-making process
  • Save expensive instructor-led training hours for more effective, hands-on training

The Box Plant Basics library will include eight modules covering the process from A to Z. The modules are:

  • Corrugated Box Basics: Introduces common industry terms and standard box styles. Includes a brief history of corrugated board- and box-making equipment.
  • Box Plant Equipment Basics: Introduces some common box plant machines and processes, and discusses equipment layout and storage considerations.
  • Box Plant – Raw Materials: Describes fiber sources, pulping and papermaking processes, glues, inks, and coatings used in the production of corrugated board and corrugated boxes.
  • Single- and Multi-Wall Corrugators: Details the equipment and processes involved in the production of single-face, single-wall, double-wall, and triple-wall corrugated board.
  • Flexo Folder-Gluers: Describes the design and operation of flexo folder-gluers.
  • Die Cutters: Describes the design and operation of rotary and flat (platen) die cutters.
  • Other Box Plant Equipment: Describes the design and operation of other common box plant equipment, including labelers, laminators, presses, and palletizers.
  • Box Plant Tests: Describes the end-use requirements for corrugated board and corrugated boxes, and details some common tests that are used to predict the performance of linerboard, corrugating medium, corrugated board, and corrugated boxes.

Of course, these new computer-based training courses have all the features you’ve come to expect from your friends at Convergence Training. These include:

  • Reliable information from experts in the field
  • Effective instructional design to maximize learning
  • Crisp, simple writing to increase comprehension
  • Engaging animated videos featuring 3D, 2D, and more
  • Fully narrated audio track
  • Unscored practice questions for self-assessment
  • Scored test for assessment
  • SCORM 1.2-compliant for use with learning management systems (LMS)

We’ll make an announcement when the Corrugated Box Basics course is finished—that should be very soon. And we’ll make additional announcements when the other courses in this library become available. Keep your eyes on your inbox, the Convergence Training blog, and the full list of training courses we offer on our website to keep up to date.

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Putting Adult Learning Principles to Work

putting-adult-learning-principles-to-workIf you’ve studied different ways to make the training at your work place better, you’ve probably noticed a few things. The first is that a lot of the ideas are presented in difficult, specialized language that you wouldn’t hear at the water cooler. And the second is that it’s not always clear how to put these different ideas to work.

Let’s see if we can help you with those two problems so you can make your job-training programs better. Specifically, we’ll list and define six adult learning principles and give you some tips on how to put them to work in your training.

Understanding adult learning principles will help you create training materials and a training program that helps adults learn. Without this understanding, your training program won’t be as effective.

Once you’ve got these adult learning principles down and know how to use them while designing, developing, and delivering training, there’s more to learn and do. But this is certainly a great place to start. 

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Hazard Communication 2012 (HazCom 2012) and GHS – Everything You Always Wanted to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask)

By now, you’ve probably heard that the new HazCom 2012 standard has been revised to align with the Globally Harmonized System, or GHS. If we just caught you 100% unaware, you are now excused to go read the information on OSHA’s website about the GHS alignment.

However, we suspect most of you know about this, but that you have been wondering just exactly what it means. Or maybe you’ve wondered about a few of the details. If so, the following is for you. (more…)

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Free Vector HazCom 2012 GHS Pictogram Symbols

We’ve been updating our Online Hazard Communication training to include the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) label standards. The official GHS pictograms are out there on the internet in a few places, but we weren’t able to find all nine of the major symbols in a single file. Not for free, anyway. So, we cobbled all the symbols together in vector format to make it easier on us as we make our updates, and we thought it’d be nice to make it available for others to use for their GHS-labelling needs.

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Convergence Mobile Training Coming Soon

We’re preparing for the upcoming release of Convergence Mobile, our tablet-based mobile training solution. Designed to integrate seamlessly with our Convergence Learning Management System (LMS), Convergence Mobile is an essential on-the-job training tool.

Convergence Mobile puts information in the hands of workers in the field, leading to decreased downtime and production expenses, and makes it easier to train workers in their work environment, which cuts the cost of training while at the same time making it more effective.

If you’re Convergence LMS user, you’ll soon be able to add this fully-integrated mobile component to your training program. And if you’re not yet a Convergence customer, the addition of Convergence Mobile to the powerful features in Convergence LMS should open your eyes to a whole new world of training opportunities.

Key Features

Work Performance Support Delivery: Use the tablet’s built-in barcode scanner to view a list of any training activity or reference material related to a machine or work area and then view that material instantly. Get access to the information you need when you need it most—on the job.

On-the-Job Training (OJT) Skill Demonstrations and Approvals: With Convergence Mobile’s Instructor Tools, a supervisor can give credit to an employee for properly demonstrating skills, procedures, or knowledge in the field. The supervisor can check the employee after each item is completed, and both the employee and supervisor can sign a digital document to confirm the training is complete. Training data is automatically synched with other employee training records in Convergence LMS.

Fully Automated Training Verification: Create training activities that ask employees to identify machines, machine components, or work areas. Then let the employee take the Convergence Mobile tablet in the field and use the built-in barcode scanner to complete the identifications. Let Mobile save your money by freeing up supervisors for more important jobs.

Full PC Functionality: Convergence Mobile isn’t just a learning device; it provides you with a modern, wi-fi-enabled, touch-screen PC running Windows 7. If you can do it on a laptop, you can do it on a tablet. Send emails, write notes, update spreadsheets, and surf the internet.

Flexible Hardware Options: Convergence Mobile can run on any Windows-based tablet. From rugged, shock-proof workhorses, to slim, lightweight portables, run Mobile on the hardware most appropriate for the job.

Convergence Mobile will begin to be available to current Convergence LMS users beginning in December 2012, with a full release date planned for early 2013. Stay tuned for updates.

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16 New Workforce Essentials Courses Planned

We’re making the final preparations for the release of our Violence in the Workplace course. This will be the second title from our new Workforce Essentials library of DVD and CBT training courses, adding to our Sexual Harassment Awareness course, currently available from BuyBetterTraining.com.

Perfect for management and human resources departments, our Workforce Essentials library contains courses relevant to establishing fundamental guidelines for safe, healthy, and respectful employee conduct. We’re planning to add 16 new courses to the library over the coming year.

Workforce Essentials Courses – Coming Soon:

  • Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Meeting Customer Expectations
  • 5S Methodology
  • Understanding Facility Costs
  • Centerlining
  • Process Control Chart Basics
  • Equipment Maintenance and Reliability
  • Conflict Management
  • Workers with Disabilities
  • Discrimination Awareness
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
  • Intellectual Property Rights Basics
  • Legal Agreement Basics
  • Workplace Stress

Of course, these new courses will be loaded with all the features you’ve come to expect from Convergence training, such as:

  • Straight, clear, and to-the-point content
  • Audio narration and full written text
  • Multimedia visuals featuring animated 3D
  • Interactive practice questions and scored assessment
  • Effective and engaging instructional design
  • SCORM 1.2 compliance

Be sure to check back to see when the courses in this exciting and highly useful new training library are available. On our end, we’ll be sure to make an announcement as each of these courses becomes available for sale.

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Contractor Orientation Training Challenges & Solutions

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Many workplaces struggle to find an effective, efficient way to provide site-specific orientations to contractors who will work on their site. Confirming that contractors who arrive on site are properly trained, and maintaining accurate, up-to-date records of training, are equally challenging.

Fortunately, you can work with a training provider to create your orientation materials for you, and they can set you up with an online system that allows you to administer the whole thing online, including deliver the orientation to your contractors online and run reports to see who’s done and not done online.

Let’s look at some of the challenges in trying to provide contractor orientation (or visitor orientation) on your own, and then list some things you should look for in a contractor orientation provider.

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Getting Better at Work (A Review of Atul Gawande’s Book “Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance”)

When I’m not at work, I read a lot of stuff directly related to my work. This includes lots of books on instructional design, training, and information design. And it includes books on safety, engineering, and regulations.

Sometimes, though, I like to kick back and read something different. I even retreat into the pure escapism of a novel sometime. No, I haven’t read 50 Shades of Gray (although I did see a copy in the back seat of a car owned by someone on our sales team!). But ignoring the occasional novel, even if a book I’m reading isn’t directly related to my work, it’s often indirectly related. And that’s the case with a book I just finished: Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, by Atul Gawande.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We make off-the-shelf e-learning courses, several different learning management systems (LMSs), and even custom training solutions. Contact us for a demo, to view full-length course previews, or just to ask some questions.

Also, since you’re here, why now download some of our free guides?

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Convergence Forklift Safety Course in the NEWS!

As the economy rebuilds and hiring rates increase, employers everywhere are looking toward e-learning resources to satisfy compliance requirements and other corporate training needs. One such e-learning resource is Open Sesame, an online marketplace which sells Convergence computer-based safety training courses among thousands of other valuable HR and business-related titles.

In their Business News segment titled, “Portland Tech Startup Hosts Business Classes,” KGW News Channel 8 in Portland OR reports how companies like Convergence Training offer courses through Open Sesame’s e-learning marketplace. You’ll see a sample of Convergence Training’s Forklift Safety course at 01:21 in the broadcast.

Out of over 16,000 courses, Open Sesame chose to show a sample of our advanced, computer-animated training. That’s a genuine endorsement of our talented animators and instructional designers. Way to go, TEAM!

As always, you can see samples of all our courses HERE or visit OpenSesame.com and search for “Convergence Training” to see how we compare with other providers.

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Higher Temperatures Increase Heat Illness Hazards

2011 was one of the top 15 hottest years on record. In the contiguous United States, for the period from June 2011 to June 2012, temperatures have been the hottest on record. Higher global temperatures increase the chances of extreme weather, like the severe drought that was seen in Texas this year, and the unusually high heat in England.

An increase in global temperature will lead to a higher likelihood of heat exhaustion and heat stress, so it’s important to recognize these hazards if you’re supervising outdoor workers, or if you are an outdoor worker yourself. High heat can cause body temperatures to rise to dangerous levels if precautions aren’t taken. Heat illnesses can range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can result in death.

As OSHA points out on their website post about these increased heat dangers to workers:

“During heat waves we worry about the elderly, people who live alone, the homeless, and others. It’s time to make outdoor workers a part of that group.”

Convergence Training has a 13 minute video course meant to raise awareness of heat illnesses. Click here for a full description of our Heat Stress Causes course.

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Make Learning a Two-Way Interaction With Convergence LMS

Think back to the worst and best learning experiences in your life. If you’re like most of us, your worst learning experiences probably include listening to a boring teacher or lecturer going on and on while you slump in your seat and fight the urge to fall asleep. And your best learning experiences probably include a great teacher who helped create interesting communications that you took an active part in.

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OSHA Revises Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) to Conform with Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Chemical Labeling

Maybe you know this already, maybe you’ve heard some whispers but don’t know the full story, or maybe you’re sitting in your chair right now, reading your computer screen and asking yourself “What the heck is this all about?”

Whether you know about this already or not, the fact is that labeling requirements in the United States for hazardous chemicals are about to change.

OSHA has updated their Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) so that it will comply with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. In catchier terms, this is known as the Globally Harmonized System or simply the GHS.

The purpose of the change is to standardize chemical labeling requirements not just within the United States, but throughout the entire world.

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