Smart manufacturing =
Intelligent manufacturing IT systems and sensors combined with flexible workforce training and rapid design changes to boost productivity and adaptability.
→Let's dive deeper into the top 5 manufacturing trends you should be talking about at the moment.
1. Training and skills.
Skilled workers are in high demand as the workforce changes. Phenomenons like "the great resignation" and technology reducing the need for manual labor fuel this change.
Employers recognize the value of skills-based frontline training and recruitment, seeking candidates with the necessary experience and upskilling existing workforces.
Soft skills, such as communication and problem-solving, are also becoming more important.
2. Process automation and optimization.
Digital technologies that aim to automate and optimize processes are also in high demand in smart factories. Think about solutions around AI, automation, digital twins, and IIoT technology.
Manufacturing data analysis and collection, decision-making, and production are optimized with these technologies to enhance operations and improve outcomes.
By connecting machines and equipment and using analytics and sensors, industries can achieve optimum efficiency, reduce waste and emissions, and monitor quality control. Digital twinning provides a cost-effective way to experiment and analyze systems in the virtual world.
3. Supply chain disruption.
Global supply chain disruptions persist due to various ongoing and emerging issues such as the pandemic, geopolitical tensions, inflation, cybercrime, and climate change.
However, this situation presents an opportunity for innovative leaders to leverage smart manufacturing solutions such as automation and IoT to drive efficiency and reduce waste.
Successful companies will be those that remain agile and use technology to gain end-to-end visibility and control over their supply chains.
4. Long-term sustainability.
Manufacturing is joining the global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and become more sustainable.
End-to-end supply chain traceability is becoming important as manufacturers aim to prove the ethical and sustainable sourcing of materials and clean energy usage.
Today, sustainability is not only a matter of moral principles but also a business priority, as consumers are increasingly basing their buying decisions on it.
5. Decentralized manufacturing.
Decentralized manufacturing aims to produce products close to where they will be used, as opposed to centralizing production in hubs and transporting goods to consumers.
This smart manufacturing trend helps to reduce waste, warehousing costs, and transportation emissions, while also allowing for customization and personalization-at-scale.
- Examples: fablabs, maker spaces, and pop-up factories that use 3D printing and other additive manufacturing techniques.
These innovative approaches to manufacturing offer opportunities to reduce environmental impact and create more efficient and sustainable supply chains.
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