Jessica Tabinor Manufacturing
Manufacturing output has achieved a record high in the most recent quarter and it is still growing. It is estimated that manufacturing workers are producing 47% more goods than 20 years ago.
The rise of new digital technologies within the manufacturing industry has introduced a new transformation called Industry 4.0. Essentially, it is a process which makes it possible to gather and analyse data across a number of machines which, therefore, enables a faster and more efficient process, producing high-quality goods at a reduced cost.
Many companies have moved from the traditional assembly line manufacturing process which involves humans doing a large amount of the work to robots taking on those tasks instead.
But what does this mean for the manufacturing recruitment industry? Well, it’s not as dissolving as you may think. In fact, through the use of robots and other new technologies many new job roles within the manufacturing industry are being created to help maintain the smart machines.
The complex manufacturing process is underpinned by innovation and technology as seen by the release of items such as driverless cars, self-ordering kiosks and robots. Industry 4.0, otherwise known as the ‘smart factory’ or dubbed the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, will bring computing and automation much closer together as cyber systems monitor the physical processes of the factory and make decentralised decisions based on what it learns.
The system doesn’t come without its fair share of disadvantages, it requires heavy investment and experienced manpower to deliver them which could be a barrier for many organisations. However, the benefits could certainly outweigh any disadvantages as health and safety would be improved along with productivity, reliability, costs and the ability to easily control supply chains. The result – increased revenues, market share and profits.
MANUFACTURING MOVING FORWARD
It is clear that companies must invest in technology as much as possible and use data analytics as a guide to progress their processes. Embracing new and emerging tools such as 3-D printing and smart appliances will enable brands to cut out their competition and beat them to the top spot.