Inside a digital factory: factories of the future

The manufacturing sector continues to go through changes since the 1920s. The machinery used in this sector keep being improved even though the industry is known to move at a slower pace and has not quite caught up. However, very recently companies are starting to increase their use of technological advances.

 

They have established that to consistently build customer loyalty and satisfaction, they will have to invest in more agile tools and new technology processes. Customer loyalty is based on many factors and it’s easy for them to simply switch suppliers when others are more capable of delivering within their preferred timeframes.

 

The next generation of inventions is already upon us- augmented reality tools are becoming popular and such innovations are bound to become standard in the next generation of factories.

 

Reshaping traditional industries

There are different areas where we see how technology is helping manufacturers to transform how factories operate.

 

Customization

Customers enjoy products that are of great quality and bespoke parts. Using technological advances, we can develop a product to the exact description of the customer. We are able to fully exploit machine data and control factory assets to the fullest. The open up the freedom to set specific targets and easily meet them, while maintaining quality and efficiency. In the future, we will be able to do unimaginable things we previously did not see possible. Human beings and machines’ capabilities will be combined a factory that is able to keep up production for much longer hours with better results. We’ll be able to further techniques that are already having a huge impact on how things are being made.

 

The Internet of Things

As mentioned earlier customer demand is accelerating the use of connected devices and the internet of things. Manufacturers are using connected devices into the end-product to track its progress through the manufacturing cycle and its performance thereafter. By using the internet of things manufacturers are moving towards a seamless work process whereby the devices are able to communicate as to when they need servicing. This can help to ensure that maintenance can be perform on schedule without any interruptions. The internet of things can provide you with real-time feedback and alerts companies of defects or damaged goods. For instance, a manufacturer that creates cars work on a certain plant structure that need not be interrupted at every turn. The managers are continuously tasked with running a seamless production where every detail about the production is easily accessible and machinery that can be easily configured.

 

Robotics, Machine Learning and Augmented Reality

We are seeing the potential of robotics they and without a doubt are able to perform more complex tasks, dangerous or unsuitable situations than human beings. Robots not only decrease delays in the production process, they increase efficiency and adjust according to changing demands. Augmented reality is one of the greatest inventions thus far in the manufacturing sector. Thanks to this advancement, employees are able to see an overlay of the production process and identify what needs to be done without physically being on the factory floor.

 

Ultimately the factory of the future is moving towards sustainability and ecological production. With the issues of globalization manufacturers will be the first to feel the heat when it comes to finding better ways to be more efficient and maintain production without harming the planet.

 

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