Manufacture This! The Big Industry Trends Of 2017

Yes, it’s true – some businesses still manufacture their products. Thanks to the rise of the internet and outsourcing, these businesses are fewer and farther between than before. But, there is a few that still dedicate time and money to the process, and make a hefty return, too. Any business that is looking to manufacture their products needs to know it isn’t easy, and outsourcing to Asia is often a better plan. However, for a better quality and standard, in-house is the way to go. For any company that doesn’t know where to start, why not start with these trends of 2017?




Bigger Use Of 3D


3D refers to 3D printing, a form of printing that turns ideas on the page into real life products. The novelty alone is enough for business to invest in the technique, but there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Sure, it looks and feels good when an idea goes into production, and it probably saves money. However, this method is all about the customer. In the future, they will be able to buy bespoke, tailor made products without leaving the house. All a company needs is a partnership with a plastic parts manufacturer and a printer to make a killing. It might seem like a significant expense, yet it will pay off in the long-term.


Importance Of Analytics


A manufacturer is only as good as their materials and their machines. Without them, the process falls flat and nothing gets created. It makes sense, then, that a firm should try and spot any problems in this area before they arise. That is what predictive analytics is all about, and it works like a charm. A sensor or alarm on a closed-loop circuit is enough to figure out when a problem will interrupt the normal pattern. Then, the team works hard to come up with a solution. Or, another facet of analytics is to have a replacement ready. The cost of equipment is on the decline, so sometimes it’s easier to replace than repair.




Forgetting Real Life


Most manufacturers wish there were a way to build a product beforehand without wasting time and materials on a prototype. Well, there is thanks to virtual reality. VR isn’t only for video games – manufacturers are embracing it too. The reason is it allows a company to make a life-like sample and address the concerns. If there aren’t any, it can go into production. If there are, the bugs need fixing. In basic terms, the world of virtual reality streamlines a system that wasn’t very smooth in the past which cuts costs.


Smart Machines


Smart machines are machines that relay information to one another to improve the production process. They do this through the Internet of Things, or IoT. Sadly, the IoT has become a bit of a cliché in the last couple of years, but businesses disrespect it at their peril. Among other things, it is responsible for the self-driving car. If it can create a groundbreaking product like this, just imagine what it can do for the average firm.




Trends don’t need to be followed, but they should be monitored. One trend can make all the difference to a business in this industry.



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