From clocking in to cleaning the factory floor, tech could help manufacturers prevent the spread of viruses and avoid further delays or shutdowns.
As workers return to the factory floor, managers are looking for ways to protect employees from infectious viruses, like Covid-19.
Manufacturing and processing facilities pose as high-risk areas if proper precautions aren’t taken — Smithfield Foods’ meat processing plant in South Dakota notoriously emerged as a virus hotspot earlier this year.
Manufacturers are under pressure to provide a safe workplace as they reopen facilities. So far, companies such as Ford and 3M are requiring wearing PPE, continuous cleaning, and social distancing.
Technologies like facial recognition, autonomous robots, and spatial sensors can help protect employees further by reducing touch points and automating continuous cleaning processes.
Below, we dive into how the updated factory floor could look, from touch-free employee identification to disinfecting robots to voice-activated machinery.