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Top 5 Manufacturing Trends in 2019

Dr Daryn Taylor
17 December 2019

Car manufacturing
  1. Industry 4.0 - Reference Factory

Industry 4.0 generally refers to the increasing trend of automation and digital exchange of data in manufacturing. A presentation given at Autodesk University in 2018 discusses how companies are beginning to make use of smart human-robot collaboration, 3D printing and additive technologies, AR, simulation, decentralisation to enable continued growth and viable scalability throughout manufacturing.

  1. Robots & Drones are increasing worldwide

According to industry analysts money spent on robots & drones will total $115.7 billion next year, which is a rise of 17.6 % from 2018. Better 3D mapping and navigation methods along with increasing improvements in the performance of batteries are growing, especially in areas such as discovering raw materials and equipment safety inspections.

  1. Faster IoT is helping AI & Machine Learning

5G began its rollout in 2019 growing the expanding IoT sector. Manufacturing will also improve efficiency using machine learning and AI. A recent report shows how machines using AI and ML could ultimately provide instantaneous solutions in response to problems, this progression is leading to the point where defective products wouldn’t be produced in the first place.

See Also: The Promise of Manufacturing Automation for All Starts With Generative Design

  1. Blockchain comes to Manufacturing

Blockchain tech is starting to have direct impacts on the speed, security, and cost-effectiveness across manufacturing, this magazine  article refers. Also, blockchain systems will begin to affect many areas, including supply chain management, tracking & transaction reporting. Manufacturers will be able to see view the whole supply chain in real time, giving them the ability to identify and solve problems before they become widespread.

  1. 3D Printing & its Effect on Manufacturing 

Rapid prototyping is on its way to becoming fully established, the possibilities of 3D printing will ultimately make manufacturing cheaper, better, stronger, and faster. A new book by Professor Richard D’Aveni discusses this ongoing transformation:- The Pan-Industrial Revolution: How New Manufacturing Titans Will Transform the World, a podcast is also available with further discussion.