|Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes. This has certainly proven to be true for manufacturers large and small who have needed not only to adapt to new ways of working but also, at times, to rethink their strategies and re-examine their operations after watching the pandemic impact their businesses.
The health crisis has highlighted the need for more innovation, automation, and agility in order for companies to weather this difficult period, so many are finding that this is an ideal time to accelerate their digital transformation.
A case in point
In the little village of Dannemarie-sur-Crète in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France, a company called Pressequip specializes in turnkey pressing and cutting machines – from design to maintenance – that are used in the aeronautics, watchmaking, eyewear, automotive, and general industry sectors. Though small in size – with a workforce of just 30 – Pressequip supplies machines to some very large customers, including Fauracia, Doerfer, Velux, and Swatch. When the pandemic hit, however, its contracts were put on hold seemingly overnight. With both its business and its people to protect, the company needed to pivot – and quickly.
Leveraging its staff’s deep experience and expertise in automation, robotization and electrical wiring, Pressequip explored the possibility of designing and building machines to manufacture 3-ply face masks onsite that could support the efforts to protect the public during the health crisis. It had been working closely with Schneider Electric for over 15 years so Pressequip turned to its long-time partner to help it digitize its new production lines using the latest technologies.
Read more about Pressequip’s pivot in this blog.