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Sustainable and Resilient Manufacturing for the Post–COVID-19 Era

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smart manufacturing, sustainability, immunization, supply chains, nanomanufacturing, rapid testing technologies



Society has confronted many challenges in recent decades, ranging from devastating wildfires and hurricanes to, most recently, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Our manufacturing sector plays a critical role in confronting these challenges and in the recovery process, as it lies at the helm of the comfort, well-being, and safety of our communities. Manufacturers help bring to fruition innovative technologies that can maintain our way of life during times of stability (e.g., smartphones and fuel-efficient vehicles) and that can enable a quick recovery during emergencies or natural disasters (e.g., rapid testing technologies, ventilators, and photovoltaic panels). This article suggests ways to enhance the efficiency, sustainability, and resilience of the manufacturing sector in the post–COVID-19 era. Considerations for the supply chain, manufacturing systems, and manufacturing processes at the nanoscale are discussed.

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Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems, v. 4, no. 3, p. 264-268