Time has arrived for SMART Materials and SMART Techniques

Corona pandemic has shock braked the entire human activities. It has put human at risk for the every step he/she is placing forward. For the time being freedom of work and action is lost and we have to carefully move for our every single tiny job. ‘Touch’ is the word which itself has become isolated and we are all being afraid of this touch from early morning to late evening. Touch is required for mobility. It may be a human or a manmade thing, touch is required to actuate it, shift it, monitor it or automate it.

So, if we consider the scenario for next few months or a year at least, we have to be practiced with the ‘LESS-TOUCH or may be a TOUCH-LESS’ life. It starts from the button of a lift and reaches up to manufacturing and installing of a complete kitchen furniture. Life is not going to stop and we have to move with this risk in front of us. We hope for the things to be the best like before very soon but till that time we have to learn practicing ‘Less-Touch’ life as much as possible. Touch-less may not be possible at a larger scale for day to day human operations. We have to learn living with the new things and methods in our life now.

Time has arrived for the use of Smart materials, Smart products and Smart techniques. Countries will be forced to manage things in DIY (Do-it-yourself) ways and this may be for everything where we can reduce the human touch. We have to practice our life with newer ways of living with relatively less human-touch intensive operations. It directly means that we have to accept and use products those need less human labour. We have to adopt manufacturing those need less humans. We have to shift to the products those can be produced with limited number of operators and people. Apart we have to accept such products those need less time in installations and fixations. We have to adopt up to zero down time processes even at domestic and retail level as well.

It’s a time to adopt industrial processes those need smart raw materials, those can be handled professionally from the mother facility up to the converting facility. Its storage and handling also should be smarter that require less human touch. We have to adopt processes those generate almost zero wastage. We need processes those have too less scrap and that also can be recycled. This way we have to reduce human-touch operations. This is the time when whole world should be switched to recycled products. We have to use products and processes those are relatively ‘Dry’ in operations. We have to accept the products those do not require much mechanical operations, functionally.

If we take an example of WPC against natural wood and allied panel industry, it can be easily understood. Lot of operations of timber processing starting from de-barking of wood, peeling, Veneer making, Resin impregnation, drying, pressing, heating with boilers and finally wastage handling. At the same time wood panel processes incorporates de-barking, chipping, flaking, fiber making, pressing with boilers (need lot of waste wood for burning) and again waste handling. If you want to make furniture out of this, you need to pass through the process of surface lamination on both the sides as compulsory. Typical carpentry needs lot of human intensive operations.

WPC can give you ready to fix/join materials like Doors, Door frames, Floors, Planks etc. You can make all the products from machine in custom sizes, with zero wastage. WPC reduces human touch operations at a greater level in case of furniture manufacturing. WPC Door frames are an ideal example of above all characteristics of a SMART material. Manufacturing process of WPC has all smart raw materials, those create no process wastage to vanish. Basic materials are recyclable and can be reused again. Finished products like carcass boxes and shoe racks doesn’t need tapping and screwing but needs a few drops of glue! It allows plug and play assembling with very few workers. Fixed size floor planks, fencing planks and door frames doesn’t allow any additional human operations.

Corona has taught us to manage with less resources for doing faster operations. Now we have to take decision for adopting the correct fit products and methods those need less human-touch. After all it is a matter of survival and history says ‘fittest survives.’