Flexible Manufacturing to support the fight against COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak poses unprecedented challenges to businesses, companies and governments around the world. Companies are reacting in different ways to ensure business continuity and support in the fight against Corona.
A key challenge in the current crisis is the demand peak in daily demand for basic medical consumables such as test tubes, respirator masks, disposable syringes and swabs.
Companies are repurposing their production lines to join the fight against COVID-19. Different levels of complexity involved must be overcome to make these shifts. One measure that can be observed across industries and countries is companies repurposing their production and R&D capabilities to support the fight against COVID-19.
Several companies in the medical industry have started to analyze both the expected capacity projection for their current business as well as the suitability of manufacturing elements to repurpose.
One question that always comes up when talking about repurposing is how easy or difficult it is for companies to actually repurpose – especially in production of these disposables. With the smart and flexible manufacturing systems of AAE, this question becomes a little easier to answer and implement.
AAE Integrator of Smart & flexible manufacturing systems
AAE is joining the fight against COVID-19 by integrating groundbreaking high tech Smart & Flexible Manufacturing Systems. Throughout many years of experience, AAE has perfected the integration of Flexible and Smart Manufacturing Systems. By providing our customers with highly flexible production systems that can be repurposed in case of changing production demands, AAE has enabled them to push technical boundaries and to be the most competitive and agile player in their market.
Fast forward to today, where the production is accommodated to support the production (unique identification) of Corona test tubes. The tubes are transported quickly and flexibly from processing station to processing station on independently controlled shuttles including a unique inkjet coding process. With this unique approach we support high speed handling, assembly and printing solutions including rapid change over time for wide variety of markets including the medical market. Especially in these trying times we are proud to be part of something great. Proud to contribute to products and solutions that make our society more sustainable, more safe and most importantly help the fight against COVID-19.
At AAE we’re always looking for groundbreaking technology solutions to provide our customers with the needs and requirements to ensure they can produce in smarter, faster, more stable and cost effective ways. Especially in these trying times we are proud to be part of something great. Proud to contribute to solutions that make our society more sustainable, more safe and most importantly help the global fight against COVID-19.
‘Flexible Manufacturing to support the fight against COVID-19’
by Ivo Brouwer – Business Developer Production Automation at AAE b.v.