The New Normal: Leveraging COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies to Build Future Innovation

As companies begin to recover from COVID-19, Automation Alley, Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center, is leading the conversation on what’s in store for manufacturing post-pandemic with the introduction of this new livestream series.

New Normal Episode 4: Embracing Augmented Reality for a Safe & Efficient Restart Starts at 9 a.m. on June 4

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the need for technology solutions that will enable businesses to restart their operations in the safest and most efficient way possible. One of those solutions-augmented reality-will not only be essential to our recovery from COVID-19, but also our future production. Join Automation Alley as we welcome OPS Solutions for a look at how their Light Guide Systems visual work instruction software is playing a key role in our new normal work environments. Learn how this AR technology is empowering workers from the factory floor and operating room to the remote workplace.

Topics will include how augmented reality can assist in: 

  • Retraining for the Restart
  • Low-Density Operations
  • New Disinfection & PPE Requirements
  • Home-based Manufacturing 
  • Distributed Manufacturing 

Upcoming Episodes

Episode 4: Embracing Augmented Reality for a Safe & Efficient Restart
June 4 | 9-9:30 a.m. 

Episode 5: How COVID-19 Will Accelerate Industry 4.0 & Real-time Intelligence
June 11 | 11-11:30 a.m. 

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Episode 3: A Q-and-A with Congresswoman Haley Stevens: Digital Transformation in a Post-COVID World 

Industry 4.0 technologies are more relevant than ever before, as manufacturers around the globe work their way through the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has proved that the companies best prepared for survival were those that had invested in digital technologies. In a post-COVID-19 future, Industry 4.0 technologies will play a crucial role in making companies more resilient, agile and prepared for future disruptions.

Automation Alley welcomes Congresswoman Haley Stevens for a discussion on how manufacturers can overlay emerging technologies into their existing operations to come out stronger during times of uncertainty.

Episode 2: How to Safely Re-Open Plants with Industry 4.0 

From 3D-printed personal protective equipment to artificial intelligence and machine learning tools that track and monitor the spread of COVID-19, Industry 4.0 technologies have been vital to the coronavirus pandemic global response. Now, the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are continuing to play a pivotal role in the safe re-opening of the manufacturing sector.

You're invited to Episode 2 of Automation Alley's new livestream series on COVID-19 mitigation strategies as we welcome member company SICK for a discussion about the advanced technologies manufacturers can implement today to have better outcomes for workers and their businesses in a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world. What happens when your supply chain breaks down? How can manufacturers overcome the current high demand and low supply of product? Topics will include:

  • Sensor solutions and analytics software
  • Safety and logistics solutions
  • Tracking, tracing and monitoring
  • And more

Episode 1: The Post Pandemic Workplace: Monitoring & Tracking Employee Health Using Industry 4.0 Technologies 

As companies recover from COVID-19 facilities shutdowns, most are unprepared for the monitoring and tracking of employee health required in the post-pandemic workplace. Adding to the challenge is the significant financial impact facing companies caused by the lengthy shutdowns.

Watch this virtual conversation featuring Cynthia Hutchison, Automation Alley's vice president, and Michael King, LHP's president of data analytics & IoT solutions, as they discuss LHP's latest technology solution to help companies get back to work safely. Combining health care data analytics with industry-leading Industrial IoT digital twin capabilities, LHP has created the Connected Workplace tool to help companies thrive in this critical recovery period.

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