With technology and innovation on the rise it should not be surprising that 2016 has brought new developments to the shop floor. Here are 6 of the most popular trends you should be aware of for your shop:
Web savvy consumers are now more willing than ever to purchase products online. The internet has changed the basic communication channel between buyers and sellers into a faster end to end relationship. Bringing e-commerce into your job shop will give your customers convenience and drive to submit an order.
- Advanced Analytics
Digital manufacturing trends like digitizing your assets will help the work place become more efficient. Databases and data storage will also help improve inventory tracking. Forecasting should help shops predict changes in demand and help readjust according to past sales.
- The Use of Robots
The demand for industrial robots has increased since 2010 due to the ongoing trend toward automation and the continued innovative technical improvements of industrial robots. While complete robot optimization is not in the picture yet, you should expect to start seeing human-robot collaboration for the rest of 2016.
- Improved Factory Image
Factories are trying to alter a negative image of their work environment by using advanced technology in the form of application development, internet of things, increased use of robotics, and 3D printing to name a few. Manufacturing companies will be using these advancements as a recruiting tool to help attract great talent.
With increasing online use and automation manufacturers will be looking to increase their investment in security for their machines and networks in order to protect trade secrets and intellectual property.
- Logistics Efficiency
Manufacturers will be looking to improve warehouse efficiency by investing in web based tools like transportation management systems in order to improve and monitor shipments and returns.
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