5 manufacturing trends that to look forward to in 2022
The past year has highlighted the need for sweeping and immediate changes across the manufacturing industry as it has been facing several evolving challenges accelerated by the pandemic. To face these obstacles, trends like Smart Factory, IoT or VR will continue to be pushed further in 2022.
To improve efficiency and productivity, here are five manufacturing trends you should look forward to in 2021:
Implementing Smarter Manufacturing Floors
The development of tech that supports the automation of various production processes is being used to mitigate the pressures put on manufacturers by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been proven that the adoption of such measures helps resolve the challenges put forth by the pandemic. The trend of Smart Factory will help businesses manage and operate, while digitalizing every production activities. Apart from ultilizing IoT, the use of big data or artificial intelligence in a smart factory will help automate machines and systems, thus more effective and flexible operations.
Continued Focus On the Development of IoT
IoT (the internet of things) remains a buzzword in manufacturing owing to its adaptability and disruptive nature. As companies and their equipment continue to be digitized, IoT can help companies in multiple ways.
Some of the benefits include the collection, management, and analysis of digital data for overall time and cost-efficiency. Such tech enables workers to study and analyze the working of the machinery and its problems digitally, making it possible to identify and implement solutions before setting foot on site.
It is a known fact that even the most minor of issues in terms of repair, downtime, or any form of loss of productivity comes with a huge price tag.
From improved monitoring of machinery to alert generation, manufacturers will continue to adopt better and more reliable preventive maintenance strategies to optimize workforce productivity, reduce costs and improve revenue.
VR & AR Support Touchless Service Model
COVID-19 has proven to be a major obstacle to the field service arms of manufacturing companies, preventing technicians from going to job sites to install equipment or administer repairs. Fortunately, assistive technology such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) has made it possible for technicians to provide remote assistance by sending customers AR- and VR-enabled devices and walking them through basic troubleshooting and repairs.
For many manufacturers, this presents an exciting opportunity. In the past, customers were often reluctant to explore touchless service options and instead preferred the convenience of having a technician come onsite to complete a repair. Now, due to COVID-19, more customers are open to this idea, enabling manufacturers to evaluate new processes and procedures with the long-term goal of making them permanent fixtures. In the end, customers and field service technicians benefit from the reduced risk of exposure, and manufacturers benefit from exploring new lines of business.
A Renewed Emphasis On Employee Safety
Despite being a key aspect of the industry for years, in the light of the pandemic, the topic of employee safety has been discussed in a whole new light. As industries open up again, there exists a need to embrace several new solutions and measures to protect employees.
On top of pre-existing health measures, social distancing, effective vaccine rollout, contact tracing, and restricting visitors throughout the plant are some more steps that can be implemented to ensure the health and well-being of all employees.
Given the ever-changing nature of the manufacturing industry, companies need to keep up with the latest trends to navigate the complex landscape to improve revenues and ultimately lead to sustained growth.
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