How Advanced Technology Is Changing in the Manufacturing Industry
Advanced technology is changing the face of manufacturing and how it’s handled. Setting aside the pandemic implications, US manufacturing since 2017 is growing at a rapid pace since the previous 13 years. This isn’t the same type of manufacturing of even a few decades ago though.
So, what’s driving the growth in manufacturing, and how does manufacturing technology impact those changes?
Let’s take a closer look at advanced manufacturing technology and its impact on the industry.
Automation and Robotics
You don’t have to look far, stop into your local fast food location, and you’ll see automation in place. Now, instead of a worker grabbing a cup, filling it with ice, and pushing the button to fill it with your favorite soft drink, a machine does it for you.
Manufacturers appreciate the consistency and effectiveness that robots and automation provide.
Of course, manufacturers still need that skilled labor force to manage and even create automation.
Changes in Products Means Changes in Manufacturing Too
Technology like autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, and big data technology are driving manufacturing of the future.
If manufacturers work to create highly advanced products, like self-driving cars, for example, they need to advance along with the technology. Their workforce needs to understand and grow alongside the technology.
As companies demand more technology to do their business, manufacturers will continue to work to create and build what’s needed to meet their demand.
For example, so many more companies are offering delivery services. In fact, there’s a whole category of delivery services called “last mile” delivery. How does the product get delivered that “last mile” to the customer? It’s different from how it might travel from the factory to the warehouse to the distribution center.
Manufacturers are working on autonomous options to get products to consumers for that “last mile”.
High-Performance Plastics and Polymers
Polypropylene for automotive manufacturing has become a cornerstone for automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. As demand and restrictions are in place for lower car emissions and better fuel economy, car manufacturers must respond.
They are looking for ways to reduce the weight in vehicles to create better fuel efficiency.
Polypropylene also offers car manufacturers a product that can handle rugged use and has high-volume strength. At the same time, manufacturers appreciate the malleability of the product. Once melted down the liquid easily shapes fulfilling part orders for automakers.
It’s one thing for manufacturers to build products, they also need to ship them and get them to suppliers. Hand-packed manufactured goods will ship out.
Automated packaging has had a huge impact on the manufacturing industry. Now, instead of slow process hand packaging, many manufacturing facilities have automated packing processes. Therefore allowing sorted products, weighing, packaging, and shipped with much more efficiency and speed.
How Advanced Technology Continues to Impact Manufacturing
There’s no doubt that advanced technology is impacting the way manufacturers do business. The demands of automakers and beyond help to encourage those changes.
At Mayco International, we are fully on board with the use of advanced manufacturing both for our customers and to make our facility as efficient as possible. To learn more about our manufacturing services, be sure to visit our page often.