The manufacturing industry is still undergoing major changes. Rapid advances in technology and automation solutions have led to the emergence of “smart factories” driven by intelligent machines and software. These advanced factories allow manufacturers all over the world to produce more quality stock, faster, and cheaper. Here are four manufacturing trends for 2022 and beyond.
1 – Data will become the most important resource for future manufacturing processes
Intelligence, both the physical technology and the software that drives it, is what the factory of the future will depend heavily on. As data becomes the main driver of many aspects of operations, machine learning will become an important component of future manufacturing efforts. Both machine learning and data will convey invaluable insights that manufacturers can use to evaluate product designs, improve operations, forecast demand, and drive operational and financial gains.
2 – Industrial Internet of Things will play a crucial role in the development of industrialization
The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, uses intelligent robots to improve production and reduce human involvement in the manufacturing process. IIoT will help drive efficiency across all areas of manufacturing operations by connecting devices and adding intelligence gathering where this was not possible before. When intelligent manufacturing machines communicate with and learn from each other, manufacturers will have the ability to automate processes and create actionable insights based on real-time processes.
3 – Flexible and mobile facilities will become the norm
The plant of the future will be highly flexible and scalable to meet changing demand. Rather than being limited to one dedicated production line or physical location, the factory of the future will be more about diverse capabilities and innovative construction. With data being the biggest influencer in decision making, speed, agility and a more integrated supply chain will become the main drivers during facility and operations planning.
4 – The factory of the future is closer than you realize
The future of manufacturing isn’t 50 or even five years away, it’s happening now. In fact, according to CapGemini, 76 percent of manufacturers have either already implemented the Smart Factory initiative or are developing a plan. For example, many manufacturers are already using analytics to increase customer satisfaction, reform processes and reconfigure or customize their products. Others have invested heavily in robotics and manufacturing automation solutions to improve workflow and improve operational efficiency.
Those who have joined the smart manufacturing initiatives have already reported improved efficiency, fewer product defects, and a significant increase in customer satisfaction. Manufacturers who have not yet taken steps towards implementing these improvements may find themselves behind the eight ball as development accelerates.
HSO can help you equip your manufacturing operations in the future
Although these physical technology and other manufacturing trends will influence the factory of the future, the software that links the technology will play a crucial role. Let HSO help you develop and implement your digital transformation strategy
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