The drilling industry is a competitive place. From the excellent new technology that’s being used to create sophisticated new machines and equipment to the intelligent people on the front lines pushing our industry forward with simple-yet-clever solutions, 2016 is going to be an exciting time.
We love working with clients, customers and colleagues all over the world because it gives us insight into the best and brightest methods being put to work each and every day.
It inspires us so much that we’ve compiled a list of our favourite traits and methods being used in the manufacturing industry as a guide to anyone working who wants to get a leg up on the competition in 2016.
And yes, we’re aware the competition might read this, but that’s ok! If it makes us all stronger, then we’re all for it!
1. Grow Your Message
At Viking West it’s our goal to be recognized as one of the planet’s leaders in attachment solutions. This is the mission that drives us every single day – to find innovative new solutions and solve problems both common and uncommon. What’s your message? Find your niche and work on growing your message every day.
2. Prioritize Handsfree Operation
As our industry automates more and more in the office and in the field, handsfree operation will grow in importance. We all want to go home safe every night to our families, and promoting the handsfree operation of equipment is a big step in the right direction. Handsfree operation all but guarantees safety by eliminating human error. Mistakes will still happen, but a mistake involving a loss of time is much more preferable than a mistake involving injury or worse.
3. Take Your Time
It would be irresponsible to write an optimistic New Year’s post without mentioning the harsh reality that is the price of oil. Fortunately there’s a silver lining to reduced production all over North America: we’re being forced to take the time to get things right. Slowed production means it’s the perfect time to research, communicate and test prototypes before mass production or customer delivery. The oil and gas industry has been guilty in the past of rushing to deliver equipment, only to have it fail due to a problem that could have been prevented. No longer!
4. Hire Excellent People
We all want to go home safe each night, but there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your time while at work, right? If you’re in charge of bringing new people into the mix at your company, establish clear metrics for the hiring process and make sure they add up to excellence. Skills, experience and dedication all count, but so do things like communication skills and personality. Surround yourself with excellence and the time will go by faster and be more lucrative in the long run.
5. Team Up With Quality Manufacturers
This one might be a little self-serving, but the point remains: find companies and people who help make your job a little easier. The future of the manufacturing sector will hinge on saving time and money wherever possible, so it will be crucial to join forces with people with whom you can team up to create new contacts, new ideas and ultimately, new business.
If 2016 is anything like 2015, then there are going to be plenty of ups and downs, but there’s no question that there will be opportunities for those of us willing to do the work to seize them. It’s a challenge that we’re definitely looking forward to.
From the entire team here at Viking West, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas nothing but the best in 2016!
Happy New Year’s everybody!