Dozuki, a San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based software company, announces it has collaborated with 3M, through an investment by 3M Ventures, to bring its standard work and work instruction training software to manufacturers of all sizes to help them achieve digital transformation goals. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“This collaboration with 3M Ventures is a vote of confidence in our process standardization and training platform,” said Eric Doster, CEO, and co-founder of Dozuki. “The ability to leverage the organizational and manufacturing expertise of an industry leader like 3M is a major milestone for our team. We are already building world-class software to help manufacturers tackle challenges such as sharing knowledge across teams, speeding up job training and engaging a younger workforce. This collaboration allows us to ramp up our product development and market outreach efforts.”

3M Ventures identifies and invests in highly innovative companies and disruptive new technologies with strategic relevance for 3M.

Standardized processes and guides in Dozuki enable teams to execute work properly the first time and provide feedback for future improvements quickly. By creating a collection of standard operating procedures (SOPs), training materials, and digital forms, Dozuki enables factory operations to:

  • Perform work consistently to the company quality standards
  • Improve training with on-demand resources including videos and guided process walkthroughs
  • Communicate in real-time across teams, shifts, and factories

As part of the collaboration, Dozuki will continue to develop its standard work software to provide manufacturers with the ability to implement a continuous improvement culture and empower its workforce. These challenges are particularly timely as millions of domestic manufacturing jobs are expected to experience employee turnover in the coming years and the rise of automation is creating a demand for a higher-skilled factory worker.