Intelligent production is the future

Manufacturing companies around the world are increasingly becoming more technologically advanced, in an effort to keep up with the new challenges coming their way. 

These companies are facing a number of problems on different fronts, and coming up with the right response is the key to success for all of them. Recognizing what technologies to implement can make production a much easier endeavour:

Improving manufacturing

The effort to make the manufacturing processes faster, smarter and cheaper, has to be continuous in order for products to meet ever-growing demands. One of the areas that draw more interest is bottleneck management, and the ability to identify, control and rapidly fix it. Companies are looking for technology that can give them real-time data on where to focus resources, insight on what to improve and keep production departments informed on all aspects of product making.

Big Data

The already huge industry built around data collection or analysis will continue to be fundamental to business in the future. The amount of insight to be gained with the information compiled on users is a complete game-changer. Companies can spot niches to be explored, gaps in their production, and much more. Having an understanding of the data around products, whether it is for production or sale, can mean a whole lot on the road to success.

Time management

Time tables on when customers expect to receive quality products have changed dramatically in the last decade, with technology bringing people closer to what they want, faster than ever before. The click and go economy, made it so that demand has to be met at a quicker pace, making timely delivery almost as important as the product. So companies have to create a manageable process, with data from both internal and external sources. Keeping track of product demand, having a safety net to supply, and a force ready to respond when in need.

Integrating AI

AI is part of everyday life for most, whether its smart home assistants or bigger. The issue for production companies is where, and to what degree to integrate AI into their systems. For some it may just be enough to introduce artificial intelligence for data management, or production, while some may need to revamp their whole production process, replacing traditional roles for technology. Introducing AI can reduce employee hours spent on work that can be done quicker by tech, or improving certain parts of manufacturing. A study of the company is needed to spot which department would benefit most from AI.

Cyber Protection

Even companies that stick to manual production can become victims of cyberattacks. Creating a reasonable shield between the business and cyber crimes is not only sensible but mandatory. Depending on the size of the company, needs will increase; some require a whole internal department dedicated to this goal, while others can outsource protection, in this last case it is fundamental to do so with trusted brands and professionals. Any money that they think they are saving by underestimating attacks, will be much more costly later.

These are just a few of the aspects of intelligent products that are set to keep influencing modern business and the success of products.

 

 

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper'