Innovative Automation: Coping with COVID-19
In early April 2020, COVID-19 began impacting trade, commerce, and industry globally. The founder and president of Innovative Automation Inc., a custom machine builder in the small and medium enterprise sector in Ontario, Canada, was facing two main dilemmas. First, how should he ensure that the internal channels of communication at the company remain open as its employees-like everyone in the rest of the province and indeed the rest of the world-dealt with a largely unknown virus? Second, how should the company enforce social distancing-made mandatory by the provincial government in its bid to contain the spread of the virus-at its manufacturing facility?