Manufacturing industries have emerged as one of the high growth sectors in India, projecting India as a manufacturing hub on the world map and giving a global recognition to the Indian economy. The digital transformation of manufacturing industries is ongoing convergence and changing the face of the manufacturing world.
At present, this sector is on the edge of transformation with denting efforts to keep the pace as a global player in true sense. There are many opportunities that lie ahead for the manufacturing industry. To give new impulse, one must see around 360° including disruptive processes, energy efficiency and newly-created materials that bring substantial benefits to end users.
Advancement in allied technology and tools allowing to create and test situations in the virtual world, to simulate the design process and the assembly line before an actual product needs to be created. It helps cut down on manufacturing time and ensure the manufacturing process delivers what companies intended to create remote assistance, allowing people in distinct locations around the world to connect in a live view and trouble-shoot together.
Industry 4.0, linking the real-life factory with virtual reality, will play an increasingly significant role in global manufacturing. Another fundamental change in the trend is Additive manufacturing (AM) making a mark in the manufacturing world, which allows for the seamless creation of tangible products using a single machine with built in reduced waste and recycling concerns. Such advancement will take away the old perception that manufacturing is a dirty place to work where only boring, routine and tedious jobs are available.
‘Machines on Autopilot’ is another vital aspect of the industry’s future through automation, which enables a level of accuracy and productivity beyond human ability and for human safety with capabilities like voice and image recognition to re-create complex human tasks. Human-robot collaboration will have a breakthrough impact in manufacturing world. In addition to robotics and virtual reality, factory environments are also driving advancements in cloud computing and smart sensors are helping in building intelligent factories.
IoT allows to get the right information at the right time to make the right decisions and updating to show how fast you’re driving in the moment versus your speed from past. Cloud computing enables industries to extract and analyse information that affects the production and, thereby, make it feasible for strategic decisions.
Also, automation and other technologies are transforming manufacturing processes, inbound marketing is continuing to change how manufacturers are finding and nurturing new business to help them grow. We will still need people who can manage new operations & robotics, programme and maintain them. Almost every sector will need new kinds of workers — those who can build hardware, software and firmware; those who can design automation and robotics and those who can adapt and maintain new equipment.
Manufacturing industries need to look forward to efficient logistics. This is another factor to stay competitive. This requires a more efficient factory floor space and time to ensure that manufacturers can expedite the delivery of their products.
This is a guest editorial feature by Parakramsinh Jadeja, CMD, Jyoti CNC Automation