For the past 18 months, COVID-19 has had a drastic effect on industry worldwide. A recent blog entry by Norpak Handling Ltd. discusses the changes that the pandemic has wrought on the conveyor sector. The manufacturing industry has had to ramp up production in a limited amount of time, as an essential service, and the continued availability of creative conveyor systems has been a strong asset.
Peace of mind for consumers
According to Norpak, the pandemic has reinforced the importance of reliable material-handling systems, to meet a higher demand for goods and to give consumers peace of mind, assured that products are handled in clean automated environments. The beginning of the pandemic triggered rapid stocking up on personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, visors, gloves, and barriers. Some manufacturers had to change their priorities to produce these items. Conveyors became important in this transition, helping these companies upgrade their systems or install new ones.
Another consequence of the pandemic is a steady rise in e-commerce, as people have been buying products online. This has resulted in a global need for reinforced, upgraded shipping and delivery infrastructures. Businesses needed extra conveyors to assist with higher product orders and with shipping and delivery. Warehouses needed better solutions to optimize product flow, as the previous material-handling systems proved to be insufficient. This e-commerce boom is likely to continue as a “new normal”, so manufacturers, warehouses, and distributors will need appropriate conveyor solutions to adapt.
In Canada, businesses have felt these trends strongly; some have had to overhaul their entire manufacturing processes and are looking for reliable conveyor suppliers like Norpak. With more than 30 years of experience in the material-handling sector, the Norpak team has witnessed many changing trends and adapted their solutions to fit customer requirements. Norpak has the know-how and the equipment needed to help manufacturers and distributors with higher shipping volumes, and it can outfit custom capabilities into conveyor systems to optimize any process fully.
Norpak has been a boon to Canadian manufacturing in these unusual times and is prepared for the future as well.
To learn more, contact Norpak.