The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the quality manufacturing industry, causing supply chain disruptions, posing health risks for workers, and forcing manufacturers to adapt to new realities. Despite these challenges, the industry has shown resilience and adaptability, implementing innovative solutions to maintain production, protect workers, and meet customer needs. The pandemic has also accelerated trends like digital adoption and data analytics, which are likely to continue in the post-pandemic era.
While COVID dampened demand early on, the skills gap and labor shortage that has plagued the industry for more than a decade is still in full swing. As new NDT methods advance, quality professionals require new training, and technicians transitioning from film techniques to non-film techniques need hands-on experience.
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Before we address today’s testing trends, let’s look at the impact of the pandemic. The pandemic also created conditions that stressed manufacturers and caused major shifts in the way consumers purchase products, experts say.
A lot has changed since March 2020. That’s when the last Quality State of the Profession survey was conducted. The survey was fielded March 9-10, 2020. The next day, WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and it was declared a national emergency in the U.S. a few days after that.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented surge in demand for healthcare and consumer products. This crisis has demanded stockpiles of supplies and has shifted the supply chain to local production.
The National Association of Manufacturers released the results of the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey for the second quarter of 2020 showing that despite a historic drop in optimism, to nearly 34%, and challenging business conditions, the vast majority of manufacturers (98.7%) have continued or only temporarily halted operations.
It’s hard to know what’s next. This remains true in business and in life, and it feels especially true right now. The news seems to change on a daily and hourly basis. Predictions about the pandemic can seem out of date within a few days.