Post-Covid Challenges Between Labor and Automation Manufacturing


With today’s ever-changing manufacturing landscape, what impact did the COVID-19 pandemic have, and what changes came from the pandemic? The initial impact was staggering, with shutdowns and limitations on manufacturing while keeping members safe at work and home. These complications pushed the manufacturing sector to change how it manages, works, and sustains its business while adapting to an ever-changing workforce without impacting customers and consumers. This paper reviewed academic sources relating to COVID-19, workforce complications, and automation solutions post-COVID-19 with a background on outside influences that have changed our manufacturing landscape. During this research, the influences of the changing workforce had a direct impact on how companies adjusted to COVID-19, not only from the perspective of workers' expectations changing the company but also from how the company will develop systems in controls adjusting to lean manufacturing and automation.

Keywords: COVID-19, Manufacturing, automation, essential worker, remote work, Lean manufacturing.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2024

Senior Project Advisor

Tricia Jordan, Ph.D.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Applied Sciences

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