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4 Industrial Manufacturing Trends to Expect in the Future
If a company can overcome challenges in infrastructure, talent, innovation, and energy consumption, it can enjoy tremendous success in its operations. Therefore, a firm has to attract and retain top talent, use green and affordable energy, and innovate better than competitors to guarantee its survival. 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. Let’s explore the future of industrial manufacturing this year and in the future.
Over the past couple of years, robotics have become top trends in the industrial manufacturing scene due to their increased importance. 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. Robotics have been around for close to 70 years where they performed repetitive tasks in controlled environments. The versatility and intelligence of modern systems is, however, superb. It is believed that they will take over virtually all the tasks in manufacturing in a few years to come.
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. For instance, you can now tell the exact voltage required to produce a single unit of a product. In the future, the internet of things is set to find more use and get implemented by a higher number of firms.
Manufacturers have now fully embraced 3D printing technology. Here solid products are created from digital designs. Even though 3D printing is still not fully developed, its use will increase in the future because of the numerous developments expected. Some companies are, however, benefiting from its use in the creation of specialized components that are costly, cumbersome, and time-consuming to manufacture in normal manufacturing settings.
Manufacturers have now embraced augmented reality in their processes. Augmented reality is a form of computer imaging technology that allows manufacturers convey real-time information to users during production. 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. Audio instructions are also used to enhance accuracy of the communication. 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.