Manufacturing in 2022: Trends That Will Modernize It

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The manufacturing industry continues to experience major changes. Rapid advancements in technology and automation solutions have led to the rise of “smart factories” driven by intelligent machines and software. These advanced factories enable manufacturers around the globe to produce more higher quality inventory, quicker and cheaper. Here are four manufacturing trends for 2022 and beyond.

1 - Data will become the most valuable resource future manufacturing operations

Intelligence, both physical technology and the software driving it will be what the factory of the future will rely heavily on. As data becomes the key driver for many facets of operations, machine learning will become a critical component of future manufacturing efforts. Both machine learning and data will impart invaluable insights that manufacturers can utilize to evaluate product designs, improve processes, predict demand, and drive operational and financial gain

2 - The Industrial Internet of Things will play a critical role in the evolution of manufacturing

The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, uses intelligent robotics to improve production and limit human involvement in the manufacturing process. The IIoT will help drive efficiency across all areas of manufacturing operations by connecting devices and adding intelligence gathering where before it wasn’t possible.  When smart manufacturing machines communicate with and learn from each other, manufacturers will have the ability to automate processes and generate actionable insights based on real-time operations.

3 - Flexible, mobile facilities will become the norm

The factory of the future will be highly flexible and scalable to meet changing demand. Instead of being limited to a single dedicated production line or physical location, the factory of the future will be more about diverse capabilities and innovative construction. With data being the biggest decision-making process influencer, speed, agility and a refined, more integrated supply chain will become the main drivers during facilities and operations planning.

4 - The factory of the future is closer than you realize

The future of manufacturing is not 50 or even five years away, it is happening right now. In fact, according to CapGemini, 76 percent of manufacturers have either already implemented a smart factory initiative or are devising a plan. For instance,, many manufacturers are already using analytics to increase customer satisfaction, overhaul processes and remodel or customize their products. Others have  invested significantly into robotics and manufacturing automation solutions to improve workflows and improve operational efficiency.

Those that have already gotten on board with smart manufacturing initiatives have already reported improved efficiency, fewer product defects and significant increases in customer satisfaction. Manufacturers who have not yet taken steps towards implementing these improvements may find themselves behind the 8-ball as the pace of evolution accelerates.

HSO can help you equip your manufacturing operations for the future

Although physical technology and these other manufacturing trends will impact the factory of the future, the software connecting the technology will play just as crucial a role. Let HSO help you develop and implement a digital transformation strategy to move your operations into the future. We are a top Microsoft partner, and can help you attend to all aspects of your operation, including ERP, supply chain management, smart maintenance, and cloud application development, just to name a few.

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Watch this on-demand webcast to learn about the benefits of the Microsoft Cloud and how it’s enabling factories of the future from industry experts at Microsoft and HSO. 

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