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Many businesses are already planning for the transition back to “business-as-usual,” but this isn’t the case for most manufacturing sectors. Many factories have closed, while others have reopened on a much smaller scale than before.

Businesses in general have mostly shifted to what may become the “new normal” – remote workers using technology applications to collaborate, solve problems, and create more automation-driven processes. But manufacturing companies were initially slow to incorporate these tools into the mix for their administrative employees. Now that they are catching on, business leaders will need to continue investing in new technologies to keep pace with the competition. The alternative is risking falling behind.

In the future, total factory personnel needed on-site will decrease – perhaps by as much as 50%. But for now, required administrative functions are holding steady from remote locations, and that will likely continue. Ongoing IT support will be needed for remote network access and security demands, file storage, backup and recovery solutions, and more.

Communication, Collaboration, and Data Infrastructure

In just a few short months, businesses have nixed most face-to-face meetings. They are now conducting business and communicating via remote technology applications, such as video conferencing tools, emails, SMS, IM, chat, and more. The incorporation of these tools and applications will also likely continue, even into the new normal as collaboration initiatives evolve.

Data has already replaced oil as the world’s most valuable resource, and the COVID-19 crisis has made it imperative for businesses to have access to real-time data. This will require additional investments in data connectivity and 5G networks.

For the manufacturing sector, the emphasis on data connectivity will require investments for industrial IoT, sensing technology, data visualization, and AI-based insights. Don’t be surprised if remote dashboard control over the entire manufacturing operation becomes the rule rather than the exception in the not-too-distant future.

Looking Ahead

Manufacturers will continue to face challenges – especially those that are tasked with producing critical infrastructure components like transportation, power, food, and agriculture. Safeguarding employees is their first responsibility, but right behind are shifting demand, changes in production, and net revenue gains/losses.

Companies that are able to survive will likely need to make surgical cuts while choosing the right technology investments to help them thrive against the competition and manage supply chain interruptions, production bottlenecks, economic slowdowns, and uncertain market conditions.

We’re Here to Help

Networking Technologies works with many manufacturing companies to ensure their factories have the technology they need for their remote employees to keep taking care of business during the pandemic.

We have the specific experience that enables us to make recommendations tailored to the unique needs of manufacturers for their factories and employees.

If you have a network absent of the necessary tools and applications needed to thrive in today’s remote environment, contact us today

We can answer any questions you may have and can help fortify your factories with the latest technology applications to give you a leg up on the competition.