The Ventilator Challenge UK - a collaboration of over 30 companies which made over 13,000 ventilators to meet urgent medical demand - is a magnificent example, providing new processes to support innovative new products.
But, to be able to continue at the forefront of driving change, we also need to anticipate, so that we can prepare.
Hence this survey. We have taken as a focus, the global trend towards the urbanisation of populations and the expected growth of mega-cities and chosen FIVE challenge areas which we think will help us align some of our thinking.
These challenge areas are:
How will we move people and goods effectively and efficiently within and between cities of the future?
How will we safely and economically meet the local and distributed energy demands of concentrated populations and industries?
How do we produce, process and distribute healthy, nutritious and enjoyable food, whilst at the same time minimising food miles and other environmental impacts?
How do we address health and well-being needs, from diagnosis to treatment, in a densely populated environment where traditional healthcare structure may no longer be practical?
How do we ensure that we use, re-use and recycle our resources in the most efficient and sustainable ways?
We want to hear your thoughts on how the manufacturing engineer of the future will impact on these challenges, and others we may not have identified herein.
The survey consists of 12 questions and will take approximately 8 minutes to complete.