Manufacturing is about to undergo some significant changes. We have researched multiple reports and set out a couple of key drivers that we believe will accelerate and impact this industrial transformation.
1. Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence will soon transform the relationship between people and technology as the questions spark around how much control machines will have in the future. Artificial intelligence offers the potential for companies to fulfil their customers’ requirements more accurately and within a shorter time frame. It will be better at integrating production processes but could fall short with customer service.
2. 3D Printing
3D Printing has, up until now, had limited applications in the manufacturing industry. However, further developments in technology have changed this. Recent studies have shown that future 3D printing technologies could be up to 100 times faster than current 3D printing techniques. An increase in this type of printing will offer better product quality and quantity whilst reducing lead times but could lead to problems for bespoke products.
Automation provides benefits to virtually all of the industry as it crosses all functions within this from installation and maintenance to design and management. Automation engineering professionals are responsible for solving complex problems and ultimately enhancing our quality of life. It can be a great way to save time and money but without proper inspection of products produced, faulty products could be continuously made.
All new technologies come with its advantages and disadvantages. Whilst all three are heavy investments they would also reduce costs by saving time and reducing any faults. So, are you ready for the manufacturing revolution?