Posted by Paula Hynes | 11 / 01 / 12 0 Comments

No one can underestimate the horror of hurricane force winds, driving rain and the devastation this storm had on property and human life.  However, we are Americans.  And, true to our nature, we will rebuild what has been lost and it will be better than ever.

How do I know?  Because we have done this before.

In this country, adversity breeds innovation.

When the Space Shuttle disaster occurred, the exterior tiles on the ship were re-engineered to insure they could take the heat.  Cameras were installed to insure the tiles remained in place.  And, robotic tools were sent into space to make repairs if needed.

After Katrina hit New Orleans, it was clear major changes needed to be made to the infrastructure built to withstand a hurricane.  The new solution is called the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex.   This system consists of a navigable floodgate, a pumping station, floodwalls, sluice gates, foreshore protection, and an earthen levee.

When children’s toys imported from China started showing up with high levels of lead paint, companies established independent testing protocols to oversee the quality of the materials and the processing.  The U.S. Government stopped shipments at our ports before they entered the consumer market.  And, many manufacturers began moving their production back to our shores.

Better than ever is within reach.

The disastrous damage of Hurricane Sandy has gotten the attention of the state officials hard hit by this storm’s fury.  The rebuilding process will bring a new era of engineering and planning coastline preservation and water management.  With rising sea levels, new storm barriers will be built to protect future generations.  Old technologies will be replaced by improved alternatives that will work smarter and faster in response to these extreme weather conditions.

We tend to follow the leader.

Our global economy allows us to search out industry leaders throughout the world, companies who offer the best in advanced technologies and services.  In New Orleans, local resources combined with those from Amsterdam to create a comprehensive water management plan.  As explained in The Dutch Dialogues Project, “The Netherlands possesses 800 years of water management experience and Dutch experts will work side-by-side with Waggonner & Ball and New Orleans stakeholders to create a water strategy to guide the Crescent City’s future. Dutch input comes from officials from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Technical University of Delft along with principals from landscape and design firms and engineers.”

Hurricanes leave lasting legacies.

Just as New Orleans has improved their infrastructure since Katrina, so will the east coast.  The combination of America’s tenacious nature, new technology innovations and a willingness to look beyond our borders for expert advice will help rebuild the communities impacted by Sandy for generations to come.  

How has new technology impacted your business?  Have you seen recent innovations improve product quality or processes?



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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America, Automation and Robotics