New regular exhibits negatives of the outdated

New normal shows negatives of the old

The pandemic's limitations have led to innovative ways of thinking, with previously accepted manufacturing concepts being rejected as old-fashioned.

By positive director Rene Rose.

Much has been said about the new normal. We were all at a meeting (of no more than 10… maybe 20) and were in the uncomfortable position of not knowing whether to rub elbows, touch feet, wave or shake hands.

The new normal takes time to get used to, but there are many positive aspects. We have changed the old way of thinking and received a new reset on many fronts.

For the manufacturers, the new normal has brought an innovative way of thinking. The crowd "We always do it this way" has moved into the background or had a change of heart. The new normal means that much of what we know about manufacturing is old-fashioned.

One of the big changes was the number of workers in the factory. Suddenly you wonder why you had so many people there at the same time.

Many companies have now taken on more than one shift, each with fewer employees. The result is extended business hours and more hours a day for customers to place orders and take deliveries.

Some companies have invested more in improving their business and now have products that can connect remotely. This doesn't have to be an expensive exercise. You may already have smart products in your factory that are not being used to their full extent, or you can easily upgrade or upgrade the product to something that gives you remote access. Now is the time to explore the options available for remote access to your operations to make your business future-proof.

Virtual support is offered by one of my customers, so his engineering team is available for direct contact. The team can support customers in real time by remotely accessing their systems to install, update, or troubleshoot their operations.

This is a first for the company to use this valuable resource free of charge for the customer as a super-smart field team. As an international company, it has a good infrastructure, systems and support and has made its resources available to its customers so that they can return to production faster and more productively.

So how do you plan to change your setup to the new normal? There are lessons to be learned on every front.

I suppose it's the 20/20 vision of looking back: you don't know why you've never thought about it.

For the most part, many of us seem to be a bit calmer and wiser (if maybe a little rounder) after the locks.

One thing is certain: we have some catching up to do. My advice is to speak to your service providers and suppliers to find out what they can offer. Many of them have developed smart new business methods, and these new initiatives can benefit your production.

Restart. Rethink.

About Rene Rose and Positiv

With a handful of experience in the advertising and marketing industry, Rene got a job as a marketing manager at a multinational company for gear solutions. It didn't seem like the dream job, but it became the love of her life. She worked her way up and in 2015 founded her own company Positiv, which specialized in marketing for the manufacturing sector. Positively cares for large multinational companies and local manufacturers.

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