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Hands free, touchless, and material flow are the themes of manufacturing and distribution both now during the height of COVID-19 and forever thereafter. The efficacy and urgency for automation has changed. Solutions which empower material flow, throughput, and productivity have been popular for the past decade. That said, pre-pandemic, the seminal question was an ROI (return on investment) calculation. Now material HANDLING is anachronistic; new linguistics are needed to describe the value proposition of products which support the back-to-work safely paradigm for many generations to come. Until COVID-19 few Americans knew the acronym PPE (Personal Protection Equipment.) Now that vernacular is repeated thousands of times a month. Ultimately material movement includes any process that involves the movement between vehicles, conveyors, storerooms, and other forms of logistics support where employees are involved to some extent. The extent of employee involvement will vary by operation and may include manual, automated, and semi-automated material handling events. The safety required to reopen manufacturing operations means the amount and frequency of manual contact must be significantly reduced if not eliminated. Before COVID-19, the foundation for a safe workplace started with policies and procedures as a requirement of EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) or OHS (Occupation Health and Safety) senior management team


Manufacturing Outlook / June 2020

Profile for Manufacturing Outlook

Manufacturing Outlook for June 2020  

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