Manufacturing Journalist Redefines Material Handling Due to COVID-19

Manufacturing Journalist Redefines Material Handling Due to COVID-19

The efficacy and urgency for automation has changed, according to manufacturing journalist TR Cutler. In the recent issue of Manufacturing Outlook, Cutler proposes new linguistics are needed to describe the value proposition of products which support the back-to-work safely paradigm for generations to come. People are dying in plants and without a flair for dramatics, material “handling” must be called material flow or material movement. 

Safety measures required to reopen manufacturing operations means the amount and frequency of manual contact must be significantly reduced if not eliminated. The extent of employee involvement will vary by operation and may include manual, automated, and semi-automated material handling events. 

As new OSHA requirements are updated, there is a need to effectively communicate these new policies informing the entire workplace team about the shared responsibilities of each employee in keeping the workplace safe. 

Since COVID-19 daily safety training, new protocol processes, and mitigation strategies are the norm. The fast-changing frequently modified procedures start with awareness of the specific risks involved and the proper safety equipment for the situation. Procedures would cover the types of material, and the conditions of the work area including social distancing, PPE, and temperature checks. 

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About TR Cutler, Inc. 

Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 21-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium. Cutler is featuring African American manufacturers in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Learn more here

During COVID-19 Cutler is advising manufacturers, industrial leaders, supply chain professionals, and C-level executives how to best navigate Q3 2020 and beyond. 

Cutler has authored more than 8,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4400 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler.

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