MH&L recently published an article on the Top 10 advanced technologies that will shape manufacturing’s future. The research was done by Deloitte and the US Council on Competitiveness.
Here is the list:
- Predictive analytics
- Smart, connected products (Internet-of-Things)
- Advanced materials
- Smart factories (Internet-of-Things)
- Digital design, simulation and integration
- High performance computing
- Advanced robotics
- 3D printing and scanning
- Open-source design / direct customer input
- Augmented reality
It is interesting that the top items on the have to do with using data better. We recently wrote about using sensors and machine learning (also known as predictive analytics) to make better potato chips.
Besides quality, predictive analytics can help determine when a part in a machine will fail, when workers won’t show up, when a safety violation is likely, or when a new order might show up.
Smart and connected products allow the manufacturer to monitor those products and show up before there is a problem and fix the product. (And, it allows the manufacturer to show up with the right repair product.)
The smart factories will allow better monitoring of the plant floor and will provide better data to feed into the predictive analytics models.
It should be interesting to see how this all unfolds over the next several years.