Automation Trends in Manufacturing

This article will look at some of the most common trends in smart manufacturing and industrial automation and how they can be applied to improve efficiency and get the finished products to your clients and meet customer demands amit supply chain issues and workforce shortages.

There is no doubt that the future of manufacturing depends at least partly on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The use of AI and Machine Learning in manufacturing especially on the factory floor has increased exponentially in the past few years. These “Intelligent Factories” can make informed decisions based on models predicted by the intelligent software such as analysing current trends in orders to best utilise machines and production facilities. 

 RPAs or  Robotic Process Automation are a fairly new concept but hold the power of unbridled automation that industry has been craving for the past number of years. These software robots turn traditional manufacturing on its head by incorporating digital technologies into a traditionally manual field. RPAs are key enablers in the automation of repetitive tasks  This technology has the ability to digitalise and automate your entire manufacturing operation.  

The use of mobile robots as well as collaborative robots can improve production processes by tenfold. Thanks to the technological advancements in sensors over the last number of years, robotics technologies have become very popular over the past number of years. Smart sensors play a huge role in these robotic systems as they allow the robot work to a greater precision using real-time data. Coupled with ML and Robotic Process Automation, this power team leads the future to smart factories using advanced technologies to revolutionise the manufacturing sector. The Post-Pandemic Era has only accelerated the uptake of robotics systems even further as labor shortages and skill gaps in the human workforce have become more apparent.

In conclusion, automation has been around for a long time, but it is only now being used to its full potential. As the use of artificial intelligence becomes more widespread, we expect to see even greater improvements in productivity.

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