This is a digest of news items focusing on how manufacturers are aiding the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 vividly underscores the vulnerability of global manufacturing operations and supply chains. The disruption in our supply chains will hamper manufacturing for months and perhaps years. As we reopen and rebuild our economy, we must focus on sustainable manufacturing operations that are pandemic adaptive, resilient, and secure.
Mark Kirby, Registered Professional Engineer and Additive Manufacturing Business Manager for Renishaw Canada and Bruce Morey, Senior Technical Editor for Manufacturing Engineering Magazine discuss the pluses and minuses of the still-emerging 3D printing technology that is sweeping the business press. We will take a look at common misconceptions and what, in our opinion, could be things to watch out for if any of our listeners are thinking about adopting 3D printing for their applications.
The North American auto industry slammed on the brakes in March because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The sector already had been forecast to slow down in 2020, with lower light-vehicle demand. That turned into a sudden stop as the coronavirus spread.
Top financial executives participating in a survey by consulting firm PwC expressed concerns about the impact, including a recession, from the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Machine tool orders gained in September as manufacturing recovered from a severe recession.
Detroit-based LIFT said it has received $1 milion to retrain civilian manufacturing workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crafts Technology, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, said it is rush-producing CraftAlloy tungsten carbide pin tooling to be used in injection molding machines that make vials for COVID-19 testing.
Design engineer Glen Dobbs has talent, curiosity, resourcefulness, and perhaps the most important attribute of all—a big heart. Dobbs is the President and CEO of LoganTech, a manufacturer of several lines of communications devices for nonverbal and visually impaired individuals.
The Manufacturing Leadership Council, a division of the National Association of Manufacturers, released a new collection of emerging strategies and operational practices that manufacturers of all sizes are implementing to keep their employees safe and facilities operating.