In the world of manufacturing, change is the only constant.
Everything in the industry evolves as time passes, from the working environment to technological equipment to the strategies and philosophies employed in the workplace.
Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s important to consider some of the latest manufacturing trends for 2015 and how they may impact your organisation, both this year and in the more long-term future.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things, sometimes abbreviated as IoT, is what allows objects and living things to transmit data across a network in the same way that a computer connected to the Internet would. Some examples of the IoT in a manufacturing context might include a machine that can report back to its owners when a certain part malfunctions, or a heating system that can detect when an area is at an improper temperature and automatically report the data and make adjustments to cool it down.
The IoT is also a big driver behind automation in manufacturing and warehousing, similar to the kind that you might see on products like Remax Movidor High Speed Flexible Roll Doors and Movidor Integrated Traffic Light System.
Just how big of an impact will the IoT have? According to the McKinsey Global Institute, by the year 2025 the Internet of Things will contribute in excess of $6 trillion USD to the global economy on a yearly basis.
3D printing is sometimes known as additive manufacturing. In the simplest terms, 3D printing refers to creating a three-dimensional object from a printer that uses an existing diagram or schematic of that particular object. Need to automatically build a perfectly constructed machine component? Soon, you may be able to simply print it out using a 3D printer that can recreate all types of objects.
Many thought leaders in the manufacturing field are excited to make 3D printing a part of 2015 manufacturing trends. John Barnes, a leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), says that additive printing can help manufacturers use less material than traditional manufacturing methods, and will also help reduce design development time by over 95%.
Folks have been experimenting with 3D printing for a little while now and it will become more and more advanced, and more widely utilised in the coming years. Consider back in 2011, University of Southern California Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis said new technology will soon allow massive 3D printers to build entire multi-level houses in under a day...
And it didnt take long for a group of 3D printed houses, 200 m2 each to appear in Shanghai, China. These building were created entirely out of concrete using a gigantic 3D printer, and each costs only 30,000 RMB ($4,800).
And recently, Slovenian construction pioneers from BetAbram were building up towards taking orders for their 3D house printers – the cheapest one going for €12,000. They have now apparently reached a stage where you can order a 3D house printer and not just one, but a selection of three separate machines. These machines have no problem with printing out walls, staircases, foundations, you name it.
The Rise of Social Media
At first, you might wonder how social media will become one of the 2015 manufacturing trends that companies in the field need to be concerned with. The key thing to remember about social media is that it allows buyers to instantly connect with one another and talk about their experiences with a particular organisation. For this reason, social media is going to play a huge role in exposing businesses with shoddy quality management practices.
The days of making a mistake and hoping that no one would find out are over: in 2015, people will know about issues that your customers face, sometimes even before you know about them yourself!
On a more positive note, social media will also give manufacturing and warehousing companies the opportunity to interact with their customers to build relationships. Even though many people might think of social media as primarily a B2C endeavour, B2B buyers also use social networks to connect with their suppliers. An organisation that is nimble on social media has a great chance of strengthening their business by forming closer relationships with their clients.
Data Management Will Grow More Sophisticated
Big data is one of the most prominent new trends in IT and business computing, but it will also be one of the more significant 2015 manufacturing trends. The reason for this is the sheer amount of data that can be gathered and analysed from the equipment operating in a warehouse or industrial facility. Administrators in these kinds of facilities will be able to use data tracking and management software to keep an eye on KPIs like cycle time, uptime, mean time to repair, and so on.
Software like business dashboards and enterprise management platforms are helping to pave the way for manufacturing and warehousing companies to find new ways to analyse and interpret the things happening in their facilities. In 2015, it is expected that these tools will grow more sophisticated and become even easier for companies to utilise in the manufacturing sector.
Final Words on 2015 Manufacturing Trends
The year to come is poised to bring about tremendous change for businesses in all fields, and manufacturing is no different. These four trends will be some of the most important for you to remember in 2015.
If you want to get a jump on the future by equiping your facility with the most modern tools needed to get the job done, Remax’s bespoke service might be the perfect option for you. Helping you to ensure that you get exactly what you need and install it the way that you need it, which will allow you to complete your objectives in a much more efficient manner.
For more information, check out the Buyer’s Guide to Warehouse Roller Doors, or learn more about how technology helped towards providing cutting-edge high speed doors in a new state of the art facility for the Clipsal company in Gepps Cross, SA.
Remax is committed to helping clients successfully capitalise on these modern manufacturing trends to meet and exceed their goals in 2015 and beyond.