Some manufacturing businesses are making the decision to produce COVID-related items such as PPE.
This is a great move for companies that are able to make the switch, but it all comes down to the transition.
If you are thinking about this change here are a few things you should know.
1. Adaptability is key
Obviously a major change like this involves adaptability in a lot of capacities, starting with the people.
From the top down, everyone has to buy in and be willing to be flexible!
Machine adaptability is also vital. This is where Industry 4.0 and machine monitoring can come in. Being connected and knowing your floor/machines inside out increases your company's adaptability.
2. Make a switch that makes sense
Are there any PPE or COVID-19 related products that are similar to what you already make?
For example, a clothing manufacturer might be able to create suits or masks.
The option with the least amount of change will most likely be the best choice for your transition.
3. Maintain your machines
As Machine Design said, "Running any equipment outside its normal operating parameters results in greater wear-and-tear, requiring careful attention to maintenance and, preferably, the adoption of machine health and predictive maintenance methods. These use the latest technology to ensure the ongoing health of production machinery."
We can help you adapt, take care of your machines, and help you succeed during this time! Check out our COVID-19 response page here to read more about what we can do for you.
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