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April 2020 Metrology News Magazine

Editors Message:
Following the shut-down of most of the world last month April will turn out to be a historical month with a large percentage of the global workforce either furloughed or working from home. With the metrology industry facing a conundrum on how to try and keep business continuing, while being unable to have normal relationships with customers and prospects, it is encouraging to see the ingenuity and investment many are making in creating on-line exhibitions, webinars, free customer training and educational programs. This may not be the best time for selling but it should be a great time to provide education and ‘sow’ future seeds. It has also be heartening to read the stories where metrology equipment, and metrologists, are assisting in many of the project efforts to get medical equipment rapidly to the front-line of the Coronavirus battle; we have featured many of these stories in Metrology News in April.

The current crisis has highlighted many of the inadequacies of the global manufacturing footprint followed by so many industries over past years. Localization appears to be the new ‘buzz’ word as both governments and corporations will reassess supply chains, and their risks, after the pandemic is over and industry and businesses gets back to work. Metrology did much to allow manufacturing globalization to occur whether it was the equipment and software that checked the quality of manufactured products in overseas plants, the standardization of quality processes and procedures – through accreditation to international quality standards – or the adherence to strict quality standards previously developed at domestic ‘digital twin’ manufacturing operations. Metrology will play an equally important role as manufacturing localization takes hold in the coming future.

As individual countries start announcing their respective plans to ease the lock-down let us all hope that economies can bounce back relatively quickly and we get used to the new normal – whatever that may be.

Not surprisingly April set another readership record for Metrology News page views as the daily source for up-to-date sector news. Over 80 articles were published in April – a new monthly high. This month our newsletter focus is customer application stories. The full list of published April articles can be reviewed by clicking here

Let us all hope that economies bounce back relatively quickly from the current situation and we can get 2020 back on track.

Enjoy the read – stay safe!

Keith Mills – Publishing Editor

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