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COVID-19 Resources for Manufacturers

Big Data, Manufacturing Intelligence
March 20, 2020


The above video shows a snapshot of the Plex Systems manufacturing community represented over a typical 24-hour period. Each dot that emerges represents a transaction. Red dots represent production added, blue dots represent checksheets added, bright green dots represent containers moved, and olive dots represent shipments sent. 


Given the pace of change with coronavirus (COVID-19) – both the spread of the virus, and the responses from local and federal governments – we are sharing resources and information that may be helpful to you as you determine your own company’s business continuity response and strategy in real time.

First, we’ve compiled resources from leading associations and organizations specifically geared towards supporting manufacturers. These are available at the national, regional, and vertical industry-specific levels.

Second, you’ll see a compilation of industry analyst-provided resources and articles which look at the short- and long-term impacts to the manufacturing community, and what this could mean for the future of the industry from a business transformation and workforce perspective.

Finally, we invite you to access unique data sets Plex Systems is opening up to the public, accessible through our resource center here. Because our solutions are cloud-based, we have access to 20 years of anonymized, compiled operational data from the approximately 700 manufacturers we serve. This group collectively runs 1,200 active production facilities in 29 countries, representing the aerospace, automotive, fabricated metals, food and beverage, industrial machinery, and plastics and rubber industries.

Manufacturers play a key role when the world faces a global pandemic. We hope that the resources and articles linked below help arm you with the information you need to make your own difficult decisions, but also help you keep running while ensuring our collective priority: The health and safety of the communities we all live and work in.

Resources from Manufacturing Associations and Organizations

Analyst Resources and Coverage

Note some of these resources are only limited to subscribers or may require registration.

Plex Manufacturing Data Updates:

Plex Systems releases unique data set, contextualizing the COVID-19 impact on manufacturing.

About the Author

Jerry Foster Chief Technology Officer, Plex Systems

Jerry Foster is CTO and leads our technology strategy, along with research and design initiatives focused on next-generation cloud solutions for the manufacturing enterprise. A founding member of the Plex team, Jerry has been instrumental in the entire evolution of Plex, overseeing the technical transitions in each phase of our growth. Jerry earned his degree in Computer Science at Liberty University.