A timely and relevant article from The Fabricator reminds us that while the economic impact of COVID-19 is very real and very “right now” for many Americans, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for manufacturing.

As the article explains, with ongoing investments in automation and technology and increased customer diversification more the norm than the exception (and not just for fabricators), the manufacturing operation of today should be far better equipped to navigate a downturn than in 2009.

That being said, a proactive approach to optimizing your operations can not only further insulate the bottom line from the growing uncertainty we face — it can put your company in the right position to capitalize on opportunities that the otherwise unprepared might not see.

We say it often: Production is the heart of any manufacturing company.

Your customers need a reliable supplier now more than ever. Investing in the health of that heart is not only a means to improving on-time delivery for your customers, it is also a path to improved operational and financial performance for you and your company.

Protected Flow Manufacturing™ (PFM) can help put your organization on this path during these uncertain times. Here’s how:

  • If you and your team are currently working remotely, PFM can help you monitor the health of your production by delivering real time, actionable intelligence to any device, including your smartphone.
  • Even with fewer orders, PFM can help you increase the flow of information and materials as well as speed up the execution in your shop to maximize the return on every order you have.
  • You can’t afford to miss a deadline, and now is the worst time to DIY scheduling using Excel or other manual workarounds. PFM gives you critical visibility into the entire shop floor picture, moment-by-moment, to ensure you identify potential problems before they derail production.

We would love to learn more about your current on-time delivery challenges and help you establish a path forward. You can request a consultation below, or contact me directly at mark.lilly@lillyworks.com or 972-372-9964.

We’re also conducting a 30-minute webinar on Managing Production Remotely next Tuesday 3/31 and Thursday 4/2 at 11:00 a.m. CST/12:00 p.m. EST. If you’ve been managing production manually and want to learn a better way to increase production visibility for your team on the floor and at home, this is a can’t-miss event.


Mark Lilly

President and CEO