4 Industrial Manufacturing Trends for 2017 and Beyond
An industrial manufacturing firm that will overcome challenges in energy consumption, innovation, talent, and infrastructure will succeed in their endeavors. In essence, if your company can attract and retain top talent, innovate to lead the pack, and use clean and affordable energy, it will always be on top. However, such aspects are not easy to achieve due to the complexity of the industry and the numerous internal and external factors that affect it. Here are the top 4 industrial manufacturing trends to expect in the future.
Robotics have become very popular in the industrial manufacturing scene, making very important in the sector. They are set to replace a large number of unskilled workers in many factory floors a few years to come since automation is set to decrease the cost of doing business. For close to 70 years, robotics have been in existence in controlled manufacturing environments where they performed repetitive tasks. The varieties available today are highly versatile and intelligent. In a couple of years from today, they will work without human intervention and eventually take over the manufacturing processes that workers carry out.
One aspect that has been evident in the manufacturing/ industrial scene is that of connectivity, also known as the internet of things (IoT). The concept relies on the internet to provide connectivity to computers, machines, sensors, and humans. As a result, companies can get enhanced capabilities when it comes to information gathering, analysis, processing, and monitoring. For instance, you can now tell the exact voltage required to produce a single unit of a product. As a higher number of manufacturers find use for the technology, the internet of things is set to find more users in the future.
Manufacturers have now fully embraced 3D printing technology. A simple definition of the technology is the use of digital designs in the creation of products. Even though 3D printing is still not fully developed, its use will increase in the future because of the numerous developments expected. Interestingly, a number of companies are using the technology to produce components that were costly, time-consuming, and cumbersome to make through traditional methods.
Manufacturers have now embraced augmented reality in their processes. This is the use of computer imaging technology to pass information to users in real time. The recipients of the information use the graphics and other virtual enhancements for their work. For accuracy, the instructions are also relayed in the form of audio. Its current use is in training, inventory tracking, safety enhancement, and other tasks. The technology will see an increase in the number of its users due to the improvements that are expected.