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Top 5 Manufacturing Trends in 2016

Mike Jeffries | August 9, 2016

3DPrinting2016.jpegIn the year 2016, we have seen a variety of trends take the manufacturing industry by storm. Some of those trends have become an important part of the manufacturing technology scene. Here are five manufacturing trends of 2016 which have had the biggest impact:   

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Augmented Reality is Here to Stay 

Virtual reality is no longer the private domain of computer engineering. Significant advances in cyber integration with the manufacturing process means a revolution is underway in the process of designing and assembling manufactured goods. Augmented reality means the manufacturer can make use of real time guidance and information supply at the moment of use. Instructions and advice are only a click of a button away, thanks to the addition of virtual enhancements such as a live feed of text and audio assistance for the engineer.

Make Way for the Internet of Things 

The virtual world is now an integral part of the manufacturing process. This mean different parts of the machines such as sensors, controllers and computers are linked through the internet to enable a new level of data collection and monitoring to greatly improve the efficiency of the entire system.

3D Printing Makes an Impact 

Not just a passing fad for tech enthusiasts anymore, 3D printing has proven to be an invaluable asset to the manufacturing industry. Aside from significantly reducing the cost of manufacturing for prototype development, the technology is a boon for small scale industries which can hire the machine to manufacture the parts they need at greatly lowered costs.

Predictive Analytics for Data Control 

The software available for collection and management of data keeps getting better and more comprehensive. Predictive analytics has applications not only in data management, but also customer service and technology implementation. There benefits can be seen in everything from increased productivity, scalability to improved product quality.

Attack of the Automatons 

With China leading the way for fully automated manufacturing, the rest of the manufacturing world is also quickly waking up to the possibilities of robot workers in the industry. In the more economically developed nations, robot workers are being seen as a useful addition to the manufacturing stage, rather than as a replacement for human workers. The trend of robot workers is particularly visible in the automotive and aerospace industries.

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