Health & High Tech Manufacturing Trends for 2021

(There is a lot more manufacturing done in our community than many realize. The manufacturing industry has been affected by the pandemic and recently has been undergoing a significant increase in overall demand.  While this article looks at manufacturing generally, our local companies are part of the overall trends.)
(NewsUSA) - The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic will continue to impact the manufacturing industry in both the short and long term, but smart businesses will continue to adapt by understanding current trends and their impacts.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) supports North America's 
manufacturers of construction and agricultural equipment to promote success and growth in the 
global marketplace.

The organization has identified five top trends to follow in 2021 that can help 
businesses succeed and ultimately thrive:

- Safety first. Workplace safety and compliance with the latest guidelines from the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 
remain a top priority in all areas of manufacturing in 2021 and beyond.

Although the ongoing distribution of vaccines is encouraging, the impact of 
vaccination will not be apparent in the short term, and organizations will need to continue with 
the workplace strategies of practicing social distancing, restricting visitors, encouraging good 
hygiene, and ensuring employees' health before allowing them on the job.

- Together remotely. Technology has allowed many industries to connect and collaborate 
from a distance in ways never before available.

"The desire to equip workers with technology to stay connected and collaborate 
from a distance has been a trend within our industry," says Dennis Slater, President of AEM. 
As the rise of big data in manufacturing takes shape, creating and finding technologies to 
make an increasingly spread-out workforce as productive as possible is a top priority for 
companies, and especially our equipment manufacturing members."

Manufacturers who continue to provide training and resources to help employees 
maximize productivity remotely will retain a competitive advantage.

As a recent McKinsey & Company article states, "by digitizing processes to 
improve equipment management and optimize physical assets, digital collaboration tools give 
manufacturers ways to boost productivity while enhancing quality" according to AEM.

- Expanded Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is an ongoing trend to watch in 
manufacturing, More organizations recognize and incorporate smart devices and embedded intelligence 
in multiple areas of the production process as a way to maintain efficiency and productivity with 
greater remote monitoring.

- Shop local. Manufacturers who are willing and able to embrace a localized 
economy can benefit from smaller, more flexible factories located near current and prospective 
customers. Not only can certain costs be saved, and potential disruptions to supply chains reduced, 
but many consumers report that they value authenticity and local sourcing.

- Maintenance made easier. Technology also allows manufacturers to have more 
detailed information about their equipment, which helps them more accurately predict potential 
equipment failure and plan accordingly to prevent downtime.


Working from Home with Kids


For those of us who are working parents, the office closures that have forced us to work from home since March have had an added wrinkle: Our children’s schools and daycares closed their doors as well. We’ve been thrown into a crazy mix where we are expected to be good employees, good caregivers, and good substitute teachers every day…during the same hours of the day.


Have you been late to your 9 am stand-up meeting every day because you’re logging your kindergartener into their 9 am Zoom with their class? Is your toddler video-bombing your one-on-one meetings with your boss? Have you been able to get even half your normal workload done while working far more hours in the day?


You’re not alone. And you’re not just working from home. You’re at home, during a crisis, trying to work and parent your kids at the same time. So if you’ve gotten this far, you deserve all the socially-distanced pats on the back we can give you. Here are a few tips and techniques that we hope will restore a little sanity to your life (and help you get a bit of work done, too).


Keeping You & Your Family Safe

We usually talk about technology in our newsletters. In these unprecented times, keeping yourself and family safe is incredibly important. There is a ton of information from the CDC, WHO, CMC, and other "alphabets" on the practical side of what to do.

We and others have come across the following video for your consideration:

The video was shot at home - it's Facetime or equivalent. It's not professionally done, but the presenter, David Price, is a Weill- Cornell ICU physician who has been in their ICU daily in New York City since this all began and knows precisely how to keep himself safe. He is speaking with his family and friends.  I think he now has over 2Milion friends. The video is 57 minutes long and well worth your time.



Kick Start the New Year by setting SMART Goals

Many people are not able to articulate what they really want in life in clear and concise language. Oddly enough, people are generally pretty good at articulating what they don’t want. So it’s no wonder that a large percentage of the population go through life getting what they don’t want and don’t fully realize their goals and desires. You get what you focus on!

A good place to start when setting 'SMART Goals' is to sit down and make a list of all the things you DON’T want or are really unhappy about. For example, I don’t want a mortgage, I don’t want to work until I’m 65, I don’t want to be overweight, I don’t want to be a smoker.


Tips for Happy Holiday Shopping

 It's that time of year and more and more of us are shopping online as well as brick and mortar shops.

Keep your holiday shopping merry and bright with an early gift from the Federal Trade Commission: tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information.


  • Make a list and a budget. Those impulse purchases (looking at you, cozy sweater) are less tempting when you have a game plan. Consider how much you’re willing to put on your credit card, and how long it might take to pay it off. If money’s tight, paying for a gift over time through layaway might help.
  • Do your research. Read reviews and recommendations about the product, seller, and warranties from sources you trust. If you’re shopping online, check for reports that items were never delivered or not as advertised. Spreading holiday cheer by donating to charity or a crowdfunding cause? Look into it first to make sure it’s legitimate.


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