A Rundown On 2015’s Manufacturing Equipment Innovations
2015 has been a landmark year for manufacturing, with the entire supply chain ecosystem undergoing a significant business overhaul. Shifting consumer expectations and intense global competition dictated by the rise of e-commerce and mobile economies has caused businesses in the manufacturing sphere to rethink their approach – to great results.
Here’s how 2015 changed the manufacturing scene for good:
The ‘Internet of Things’
2015 was the year the Internet of Things started to be taken more seriously as a solution in the workplace. Highly technical systems with increased automation capabilities are now more accessible, even for smaller businesses, and this has freed up employees to use their talents elsewhere. The Internet of Things is driving higher efficiencies in smaller businesses, as well as saving on labour and repair costs.
We’re now living in a world where consumers expect almost instant gratification when it comes to products and their specifications. Luckily, 2015 saw the rise of smart factories, which enables manufacturers to create adaptable, flexible products that appease this more demanding breed of consumer. Waste is reduced, downtime is decreased and customer satisfaction is up.
SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and the cloud) is becoming an essential resource for enterprises, driving higher engagement with customers and generating new growth opportunities. Manufacturing historically has a ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ approach, but the need to modernise is driving innovation and culture change within the industry – and it’s largely down to the rise of SMAC.
Nanotechnology Is Developing
The game-changing innovation of nanotechnology took great strides in 2015. Nanotech (a term used to describe micro-scale technology) has already changed the world, and it’s set to be one of the most important developments of 2016. Atomically precise manufacturing (APM) is the next phase of nanotechnology’s development – and one which could ignite change, not just in manufacturing, but across various other industries.
3D printing is growing ever more viable, with everything from robotic hands to space houses being created by the printing experts. 3D printing, as an invention, will be the single biggest influencing factor on the future of manufacturing – and with 2015 already under its belt as a successful year, the future looks bright for 2016.
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