How Machine Shops in Texas Use Innovation to Adapt Operations in the Time of COVID-19

It’s no secret that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been widespread, affecting everything: manufacturing production and machining orders, lead times and sales, even the very process of doing business.

How Machine Shops in Texas Use Innovation to Adapt Operations in the Time of COVID-19

It’s no secret that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been widespread, affecting everything: manufacturing production and machining orders, lead times and sales, even the very process of doing business.

Today, the availability of increased virus and antibody testing is moving many states to kickstart their phased reopening plans. As the world of manufacturing begins the difficult task of getting back to “normal,” smaller machine shops in Texas are employing safeguards like social distancing to help curtail risk and mitigate further disruptions to operations.

Businesses are implementing health and safety practices that include:

  • Restriction of interactions between employees
  • Alternating shifts, with some companies placing a minimum of one hour between shifts to prevent overlap
  • Performing temperature checks
  • Providing hand sanitizer and antibacterial soaps
  • Implementing regular cleaning and sanitizing procedures on high touch surfaces
  • Installing high-efficiency air filters
  • Recommending stringent personal hygiene
  • Continuing to allow non-essential personnel the opportunity to work from home
  • Providing personal protective equipment
  • Offering zero contact ordering and delivery options

Related: COVID-19 Preparedness Tips: Does your facility pass the test?

These measures are allowing some businesses to operate in the short term while maintaining compliance with strict government guidelines. However, forward-thinking shops are considering innovations spurred by recent events for longer-term solutions.

If you would like assistance on ways to get your machine shop running at peak performance, reach out to your local M&M Sales & Equipment rep or call 800-592-4516.

COVID-19: Innovation in Times of Crisis

The world of manufacturing is no stranger to innovating creative ways to solve problems. So, it should be no surprise that the challenges of the coronavirus paired with manufacturing ingenuity have led to advanced technologies and solutions for combating the virus.

These innovations have emerged to help industries of all kinds operate safely and in accordance with regulatory guidelines. Not only have many organizations switched gears to produce much needed equipment like respirators and face shields, but they are also using them to get back to business.

Here’s how machines shops can adapt to the many challenges of operating within the “new normal”:

Protective Shields have been designed to protect employees and guests from the spread of germs, especially in companies that conduct customer-facing activity. Meant to reduce the transmission of the virus, these shields can be used in a variety of ways and include freestanding and countertop options.

Temperature Check-In Stations have been developed that solve the need for regular temperature checks, as well as the required documentation of testing. Temperature stations can be configured to track employee check-ins and sound alarms when those who are above the temperature threshold or unauthorized personnel attempt to enter the facility.

No Contact Payment is a relatively new technology that combines computer vision and artificial intelligence. This enables retailers to bill customers as they leave the store. Additionally, many companies are employing curbside delivery options to reduce risk of exposure to both customers and staff.

In the midst of this crisis, company leaders have an opportunity to shape and mold their company’s culture. How employers react to a crisis can have a serious impact on not only your employees’ health and safety, but also their trust in the company.

Unfortunately, there is no roadmap on how to thrive during a pandemic, but we can offer a few examples on how businesses can build a stronger and more resilient team.

3 Ways to Help Employees Manage Coronavirus Stress

Mental health is as important as physical health for employees today. Here’s how managers are helping their teams:

  1. Maintain clear and honest communication
    Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, uncertainty has been the only constant — leaving many employees unsure about their future. Be sure to communicate company plans and encourage open discussions to help minimize miscommunication or rumors. Provide frontline supervisors with the information and data they need to answer commonly asked questions, both accurately and honestly.

  2. Focus on the needs of your staff
    It’s important to remember that everyone is struggling with various degrees of stress due to the coronavirus. Not only will employees need access to PPE, safety equipment and cleaning supplies, they may require additional flexibility in their schedules due to closed schools, limited childcare or other family responsibilities. Look into support programs that can alleviate the personal stressors faced by your team and offer leave packages, if possible.

  3. Boost morale and build goodwill
    What services could your company offer your local community? Talk to employees to uncover the most pressing needs of their communities and then work to get involved. Not only will local towns benefit from this action, but helping others builds morale and puts things into perspective, reminding us that tough times will not last forever.

M&M Sales & Equipment is here to help your business succeed with advice and suggestions on how you can improve operations, enhance worker satisfaction and increase your profitability. From cutting tools, abrasives and cutting fluid to safety and MRO supplies, we are your full-line distributor. If you have questions on how M&M Sales & Equipment can help you, please call one of our four Texas locations.

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