Over the past few months, the stories of economic, social, and human carnage wrought by the coronavirus have been shocking, heartbreaking, and seemingly endless. As of this writing, the U.S. death toll from the virus stands at more than 104,000, the unemployment numbers have topped 40 million, and many industries have been severely affected and continue to suffer….

COVID-19’s impact has been wide and deep across society and the economy, forcing a reconsideration of many manufacturing, technology, economic, and policy trends as recovery gets underway.
Manufacturing 4.0,
The Economy, Tax and R&D, Policy,
The Workforce,
Supply Chains, Cloud,
The Recovery

 

Manufacturers from nearly every sector of the industry stepped up to the front lines of the crisis, adapting and pivoting production to meet the health and safety needs of Americans. Including: General Motors, Hitachi, ATS, Maxion Wheels, Hershey, Cooley Group, Linde/Praxair, 3M, MxD, Grace Engineering, Protolabs, Lexmark, Hologic

The ‘New Normal’: Perspectives on Technology, the Recovery, Leadership

  S  U R V  E  Y
THE OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on much of the industry so far this year, but manufacturers see a host of operational, supply chain…
By David R, Brousell

LEARNING FOR THE FUTURE
The global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will drive manufacturing companies to adopt more flexible approaches to production, rethink supply chains, develop new ways of…
By Paul Tate

LEADERSHIP IN TIMES OF CRISIS
The COVID-19 crisis has illuminated the need for and the
value of leadership and manufacturing in our country.
By Shaunna Black

PROVING GROUNDS FOR M4.0
Forced to reconsider operations, manufacturers have discovered they are as resilient as their technology.
By Tom Leeson

WINNING RECOVERY: Balancing Health, Safety, and Productivity
Companies that demonstrate safety readiness, innovation, and adaptability will not only survive but thrive in a post-crisis economy.
By Bill Duffy and Olivia Grev

AR AND HOW WE WORK:
THE NEW NORMAL
Augmented reality technology has the power to boost front-line worker productivity by as much as 50% and reduce human errors by up to a whopping 90%. But……
By Michael E. Porter and
James E. Hepplemann

SUCCEEDING IN THE NEXT NORMAL
Uncertainty abounds in a time of crisis, but workforce technology can help manufacturers thrive. 
By Danny Smith

MANAGING IN THE ‘NEW NORMAL’
Manufacturers need a set of strategies to deal with the significant changes in supply chains, customer demand...
By Eskander Yavar and Jeffrey Pratt

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