Manufacturing has seen some changes over the last decade, and things seem to continue to evolve, thanks to today’s constant technological development. Factories of the future will function completely different than they used to back in the day, as claimed by specialists, and among the numerous technologies that have influenced certain fields of the manufacturing industry, the following remain the ones that are most frequently discussed, said by experts to revolutionize various processes.
Search engine optimization
Search engine optimization has become a necessity for most manufacturing companies. This is due to the recent increase in industry players but also the recent technological advancements and marketing investments that others have been pouring into SEO, backlink building and link building companies.
Nowadays, it’s practically not possible for any company (including of course manufacturing companies) to appear in a vast sea of SERPs without investing in search engine optimization.
While not so long ago, 3D printing was somehow limited in its application, revolving mainly around small plastic manufactures, experts are currently working on upgrading traditional 3D printing techniques, in order for the production of plastic to reach a mass level. High speed sintering, as well as the already-used injection molding technique may be perfected in order to become much more effective, as well as timelier. Through the usage of high speed sintering, the mass printing of items can also become far more convenient from a financial point of view, which of course is an appealing detail for factories.
Quality control is something that the majority of factories need to focus on, but the processes revolving around it are not cheap nor time-effective. Embedded metrology can however change that. This solution involves an easy parts measurement during the actual manufacturing process. The complete automation of quality control processes is not fully accessible yet, workers being still required to manually move measurement technological tools. However, if things continue to evolve at the same pace, a total automation of monitorization and measurements can be reached.
Next level robotics
Some factories are already replacing humans with robotic arms (one example being China’s Dongguag). Next Level robotics allow companies to reduce manpower, and thus achieve higher profits. While full automation raises some concerns, from an innovation point of view, more factories will certainly start replacing humans with robotic arms for some of their manufacturing processes.
While the exact impact of these technologies is still being debated, their powerful role cannot be neglected. Will manpower be reduced even further in the future? Will technology conquer completely the manufacturing industry? Things have yet to unfold, but one can clearly state that through technology a revolution of manufacturing has in fact occurred.