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Coronavirus, product design and the supply chain – prepare to think differently

The impact of the pandemic, caused by the coronavirus, on the engineering community has been extreme and contradictory.

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The impact of the pandemic, caused by the coronavirus, on the engineering community has been extreme and contradictory.

At one end, many projects have been put on hold and engineers are now on furlough with little to keep them occupied, while, at the other end, teams of engineers and manufacturers are working around the clock to bring new and innovative products to market in incredibly short timescales.

Moreover, we have all experienced how constraints in the supply chain can impact our daily lives, whether it be shortage of products on supermarket shelves or production lines at a standstill because of lack of supply from countries like China.

Much of the focus has been on how manufacturers and their supply chains have reacted to the crisis - often in quite tactical ways. However, in the longer term, the more interesting outcomes may well be the implications on how and where products are manufactured, and critically how they are designed.

In this webinar, we consider what engineers, particularly those involved in bringing new products to market, can learn from the impact of the current pandemic on their ways of working and how they can prepare themselves for what will, almost inevitably, be a different place when the crisis is over compared to before it began.

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Who should attend?

  • Engineers involved in bringing new products to market and considering how to prepare for changes to products and process triggered by the impact of the pandemic.
  • Those looking to broaden their knowledge and skills to improve their “attractiveness” in the marketplace when things start to pick up.

How will I benefit?

Engineers will be more aware of the requirements of supply chain and recognise the influence their decisions have on the end-to-end supply chain. They will be better equipped to think more strategically and take a leading role in bringing new products to market.

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Key topics

1. Issues raised by experience of Covid-19 responses

2. What challenges do these pose for engineers involved in bringing products to market

  • Product and supply chain design to allow for greater flexibility and adaptability
  • Impact of Industry 4.0 - manufacturing methods, internet of things (IoT), etc

3. Need for product design to take a broader consideration of their influence on the operation of supply chain

  • Rapid product and process development through collaborative working
  • Impact of product design on supply chain architecture (and vice versa)
  • Design for manufacture and assembly

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