COVID-19 has impacted and disrupted every aspect of society on a global scale. Companies and individuals have had to find ways to adapt in order to survive during a very difficult and absolutely unprecedented time. But as the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” While the pandemic is causing an incredible amount of pain and suffering for many, it is also creating environments that foster innovation by necessity, and the manufacturing industry is no different.
What follows is a selection of recent articles published documenting some of the innovations already surfacing in manufacturing due to COVID-19.
Due To COVID-19, Manufacturing Will Experience Five Years Of Innovation In The Next 18 Months
The environment in which electronics manufacturers are building has changed rapidly in the last couple of months. As under-resourced teams face the challenge of solving COVID-19 problems, they’ll need technology that gets to the very root of these issues: solving for distance. Between solutions that leverage the power of the cloud for visibility and automation that optimizes work, necessity will drive invention: manufacturers will do five years of innovation in the next 18 months. Read more
What Will Manufacturing’s New Normal Be After COVID-19?
History teaches us that short-term measures taken in response to global crises lead to changes that last for decades.
Most of us hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will end within months, and things will go back to normal. In fact, many aspects of our society may never return to normal.
In an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus, governments have taken extreme measures reserved for global wartime situations and the use of military-grade surveillance technology to enforce social distancing. With millions of people in complete or partial lockdown, the pandemic has forced societies to quickly and dramatically change how we work, communicate, socialize and consume products and services.
History teaches us that short-term measures taken in response to global crises lead to changes that last for decades. What most of us consider normal has already fundamentally shifted. Manufacturers who understand and act on this new normal will have ample opportunities for growth. Read more
Tale of COVID-19: Crisis Inspiring Innovations
Manufacturers have proven over the years that when faced with challenges, ingenuity can yield innovative results. The current crisis is no exception.
The unfolding crisis has already hampered many organizations with executive orders forcing some manufacturers to at least temporarily shutter operations. However, as history has shown, manufacturers are a seasoned group of highly skilled professionals capable of finding interesting ways to reinvent themselves — often bouncing back even stronger when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. How manufacturers respond to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak will ultimately demonstrate their resiliency.
While it’s difficult to predict what this current situation will mean long term, it will undoubtedly force most manufacturers to seriously rethink their operations. According to ABI Research, this includes radically embracing technological investments. In its new white paper, Taking Stock of COVID-19: The Short- and Long-Term Ramifications on Technology and End Markets, ABI Research looks at the current and future ramifications of COVID-19 across technologies and verticals. Analysts also offer recommendations to weather the storm and strategies to help companies rebound and prosper after the pandemic has slowed. Read more
Although we don’t know for certain what will happen over the next 12 to 24 months, let alone the next 10 years, what we do know is that COVID-19 is now, and will continue to be, a catalyst for the transformation, and even the birth, of a huge number of industries, products, policies, services and procedures.
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