Organisations across the globe are adapting under difficult circumstances, finding new ways to provide support across industrial boundaries. From Pharmaceuticals and MedTech to Aerospace and Automotive – the current global crisis is hastening the development and application of digitalised processes.

Remote Collaboration

Business transformation put into rapid action

Remote collaboration is more important to economic sustainability than ever before. And even though the trend of remote working has grown 159% since 2005, there are many employees currently adapting to a work-from-home environment for the first time. Thankfully, many organisations already had the IT infrastructure in place to continue day-to-day operations.

But, if you’re in the throes of remote working deployment there are plenty of resources to help you out. Our Sustainable Remote Services page provides guidance and support on how to put best practises into action. You can also check out our top tips for health, productivity and wellbeing while working from home. And this article from the World Economic Forum gives sound advice on how to navigate the transition.

Collaborative Diversification

Leaders emerge during trying times

Mercedes Formula One is teaming up with University College of London engineers to produce Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines with an impressive turnaround of up to 1,000 devices per week. The devices are already in use at three major London hospitals, and similar machines are being used to treat COVID-19 patients in China and Italy.

Meanwhile, Airbus, BAE Systems, Ford and other UK manufacturers are joining the cause to produce a government order of over 10,000 ventilators.

Necessity and Invention

Life Sciences Remote Collaboration

One of the largest areas of concern during this period of social distancing is the strain placed on our hospitals and supply chains due to increased demand and limited staffing.

Some organisations are now looking more closely at automation and AI to solve some issues such as hospital sterilisation. Youibot, a Chinese robotics manufacturer, recently designed and manufactured one such device in just two weeks. These devices are now operating in hospitals, luggage halls, factories and offices scanning body temperatures by day and sterilising their patrol using UV beams by night. But robotic automation is not the only engineering discipline at the frontier of the fight against COVID-19.

Accelerating Manufacture

From 3D-printed ventilators to simulation in construction

Italian manufacturer, Intersurgical, sprung into action to provide intensive care patients in the Brescia area with 3D-printed ventilator valves after the hospital’s original supplier could not meet demand. And a Czech company, Prusa, is printing over 800 face shields per day in one of the world’s largest 3D-printing factories – donating 10,00 to the Czech Ministry of Health.

And a collaboration between Central-South Architectural Design Institute (CSADI) and Dassault Systèmes formed an integrated analysis team to aid the design and construction of nearly 40 emergency hospitals to meet the dramatic rise in demand.

It’s encouraging to see that engineers of all disciplines are banding together to provide the vital supplies, structures and advancements needed to see us through these uncertain times.

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