The Future of Industrial Manufacturing
If a company can overcome challenges in infrastructure, talent, innovation, and energy consumption, it can enjoy tremendous success in its operations. 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. Attaining such objectives is not going to be easy since the industrial manufacturing environment is a complex one, which is in addition to the fact that there are various factors in each factory environment and beyond that will introduce challenges. Here are the top 4 industrial manufacturing trends to expect in the future.
The role of robotics in manufacturing is increasingly becoming evident; and therefore, cannot be ignored. The next few years are set to see an increase in the rate at which factory workers get replaced by automation as companies look for ways to cut costs. Controlled manufacturing environments have benefited from the repetitive tasks that robotics have performed in the past 70 or so years. However, most of the robotic systems in use at the moment are highly intelligent and versatile. 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). Here, the internet is used to link humans, sensors, computers, and machines for the performance of tasks in an efficient manner. Top among the benefits that a company has to reap include the ability to gather, analyze, process, and monitor information with increased efficiency. It is now easy to determine the precise energy costs utilized in the production of a certain component in your company. The future use of IoT is set to increase as more manufacturers find use for the technology in their environments.
3D printing is making tremendous waves in the manufacturing arena. Here solid products are created from digital designs. Though this technology is still in its infant stages, there are high hopes that it will make a huge impact in the industrial manufacturing field in the next couple of years. As such improvements are awaited, some companies are making full use of the technology in the creation of components that are costly, time-consuming, and cumbersome to manufacture in normal manufacturing environments.
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. Users, on the other hand, use the information and guidance received in the form of graphics and other virtual enhancements to carry out their duties. For accuracy, the instructions are also relayed in the form of audio. Some of the tasks that the technology is currently helping with include inventory tracking, training, and safety enhancement. The technology will see an increase in the number of its users due to the improvements that are expected.