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Coping with
the Pandemic:
Transitioning from
Aerospace to Medical
hen the COVID-19 pandemic
grounded much of
the U.S. aerospace business
in 2020, Web Industries, a
Massachusetts-based contract manufacturer,
was forced to improvise.
The business shifted its attention
and resources from aerospace, the
company's largest profit center, to its
medical sector, which had experienced
a surge of demand.
W
The transition proved a daunting
challenge. It meant transforming virtually
every aspect of the company's
operations, from infrastructure to
technology, logistics to staffing - all
while establishing strict guidelines to
prevent infection and keep employees
safe. Web reinvented itself and
Once completed, the kits are fed horizontally
into a flow wrapper and securely packaged in
foil pouches, with each pouch identified by
product information labels. A camera system
[not pictured] scans each printed label and
verifies that the information is
correct and meets
FDA requirements.
(Credit: Web
Industries)
scaled up to produce vast quantities
of lateral flow immunoassay
(LFI) antigen tests and personal
protective equipment
(PPE) in a matter of months. Its story
offers pointers for other companies
considering a similar transition.
Adapting to Changing Market Forces
The story begins with the pandemic's
bringing air travel to a halt and
devastating the aircraft manufacturing
industry. As a result, the
company suffered a slump in its
aerospace unit, which fashions
materials for parts in aircraft
interiors, engines, wings, fuselages,
and other structural elements.
The slump triggered
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