The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we work and live, having an impact on all aspects of society and all different sectors. This is especially true of electronics manufacturing and the electronics supply chain because it relies on a global network which is currently being challenged. In this blog, we take a look at some of the areas in which coronavirus has impacted electronics manufacturing.
The coronavirus crisis has had a massive impact on the way factories are operating. Firstly, there have been many labour shortages due to workers contracting the virus and needing to self-isolate. Even where factories are open, restrictions on movement around the world are limiting how people can move to and from work.
Maintaining a safe working environment
Plus, a global emphasis on social distancing measures to prevent further spread of the virus has meant that workers need to be spaced at wider intervals to ensure a safe environment. They will also need to be equipped with PPE which could reduce easy movement when assembling intricate parts.
Supply chains are global, which means that they cannot avoid being impacted by COVID-19. The electronics supply chains were already dealing with component shortages, and these will become even more extreme now as travel is restricted and certain regions are shut down completely. This crisis might require a complete rethink by manufacturers of who their suppliers are. Transportation of components is also an issue as freight capacity has decreased.
Assessment and lines of communication
Another area in which coronavirus has impacted electronics manufacturing relates to the assessment of manufacturing processes and each stage of products and communication between different parts of the supply chain. For example, it is harder for engineers to track each stage of the process when social distancing is in place and travel is restricted between different locations. This could potentially lead to an increase in errors and a harder job for those manufacturing electronics.
Plus, although communication via video calls and phone calls has replaced face-to-face meetings and checks, many are finding that clear communication between different elements of the supply chain is harder when people must physically be kept apart.
What should electronics manufacturers do?
There are a whole range of challenges facing electronics manufacturers in this current climate and it can be hard to know about to navigate through them. It is especially important to maintain strong lines of communication where possible, be flexible and adaptable, and be prepared to plan for the future (as much as this is possible).
At times like these, it is useful to have a dedicated supply chain partner to proactively manage your situation. Responding to the ever-changing requirements of the market is a challenge that Delta understands well. We work with our customers to ensure that they are well-placed to respond to these changes.