Like other industries, the manufacturing industry is also embracing modern technologies to leverage the sector; here are some trends that will rule the sector soon.
FREMONT, CA: Modern technology is making an impact on every step of the manufacturing process in the form of advanced robotics, computer vision, or other types of equipment. Here are some trends that will rule the industry in the coming years:
Global Virtual Workforce: Combining Extended Reality with the Internet
To staff the technologically advanced workplaces of U.S, manufacturers have struggled to find STEM-educated employees. But on the horizon lay a solution that will benefit businesses worldwide: the merging of extended reality—from virtual reality and augmented reality to mixed reality and augmented reality with global interconnectivity. The computer-generated environment is already benefiting the manufacturers in various ways. In coming years a firm will be able to tap skilled workers to design products, and operate and maintain U.S.-based equipment and machines virtually through XR.
Linking the Human Brain to Machines
Once Elon Musk said that the advancement in AI means humans must ultimately merge with computers or become irrelevant. Not one to make predictions, he founded a company (Neuralink) to develop implantable brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), with the short-term goal of treating severe brain disease and brain damage caused by a stroke. A mind-machine interface (MMI) will enable humans and machines to complement each other in what they do best, in real-time.
Internet of Goods: Local Distribution and Local Production
In 2018, Dr. Michael Mandel provided a new vision for how the Internet of Things will affect manufacturing. The rise of ecommerce fulfillment centers and the digitization of distribution are pioneered by Amazon. Now it is opening up new ways for manufacturers to shift from a warehouse model to a more flexible distribution process.
Along with more customization made possible with robots and 3D printing, and the use of cloud computing enabling even small factories to tap into new technologies, this “Internet of Goods” will allow the creation of new business models capable of expanding the market and changing the process of production.