Digital transformation and Industry 5.0 seem to be the terms of 2021 – but what manufacturing technology insights make these long-lasting business models rather than buzz words?
The manufacturing technology insights and trends taking over in Texas seem to combine advancements within the industry and how technology fits into a human-centric workplace. (Think cobots and IoT).
Here are the trends dominating the conversation in Texas.
Digital transformation doesn’t just include IoT and paperless data, rather, it is the process of adding digital technology into all areas of business. While the term may seem vague, it’s overarching purpose is to get people thinking about technology solutions. To properly integrate technology into every aspect of your business it is essential to rethink how your company uses technology. Leaders should experiment with your organizations ability to evolve.
Some examples of lesser thought of ways to incorporate technology into your workplace include chatbots, blockchains, and also simplifying the systems already in place.
Manufacturing technology insights focuses on growing trends such as collaborative robots . There are many perks to adding cobots to your workforce. Cobots are smaller than traditional industrial robots making them easier to place on the assembly floor. Cobots have a wide range of safety features which also creates a seamless human/robot workflow. (No need for a safety fence saving space).
These collaborative robots also handle repetitive tasks and heavy lifting. By taking these less than desirable assignments away from humans and placing them on cobots not only do you reduce strain on employees but ensure the quality is always consistent.
Also known as 3D printing – this industry is growing quickly. The automotive and aerospace communities have successfully been adopting additive manufacturing. New uses for 3D printing are popping up almost daily. Durable tooling through the use of 3D printers has made for quicker and cheaper molds, 3D printed metamaterials could lead to lighter and safer cars, and new materials are being created often which changes the way manufacturing is done.
Skills Gap and IoT
With technology consistently trending, professionals are expecting IoT to drive market growth in upcoming years. Careers in this field are becoming extremely sought after. With manufacturing technology insights in mind, statewide efforts are being made to upskill the younger generations and bridge this gap. Recently the state allocated millions of dollars to job training to ensure the upcoming workforce is skilled within cloud based solutions and newer technology. Schools and trade programs are focusing on new types of manufacturing and training. Data engineers, cloud computing, and network architects are all in demand. Upskilling the workforce will greatly help the future of the industry.
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