COVID-19: harnessing IoT technology to navigate the crisis

Manufacturing Global | June 02, 2020

When it comes to the impact of COVID-19, industrial organisations have one core challenge - maintaining operations, securing business continuity.

“IIoT, implemented in a plug-and-play mode, can be instrumental in ensuring business continuity and minimising economic damage by ensuring employee safety and security, improving liquidity, and lowering short-term costs,” comments McKinsey.

When it comes to the challenges present by the virus to maintain employee safety and security, IoT can help organisations smoothly transition shop floor operations in a number of aways: Remote employee collaboration, Workforce tracking, Vision based control systems, Remote asset control.

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Additive manufacturing (AM) technology has progressed to the point where functional parts can-and are-being built for end use. Aerospace and medical device are a few industries leading the way. Although the technology has evolved, design methods and guidelines for AM have not.

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Additive manufacturing (AM) technology has progressed to the point where functional parts can-and are-being built for end use. Aerospace and medical device are a few industries leading the way. Although the technology has evolved, design methods and guidelines for AM have not.

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