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How Is Technology Changing The Manufacturing Industry?

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How Is Technology Changing The Manufacturing Industry?

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Technology is changing everything, and the manufacturing industry is no exception. The latest gadgets and devices are now leading the sector, redefining and rejuvenating engineering and distribution at the same time. More countries are innovating in this way, and now only few are left behind.

For example, Nigeria recently introduced the idea of digital cargo delivery, which is accessed with something as simple and straightforward as an Uber inspired app. The perks of technology are now globally recognised in the manufacturing industry, and it won’t be long before all are submissive to it.

But how else is technology changing the manufacturing industry? Read on to find out more.

Automation practices

Automation is playing a big role in many businesses today, manufacturing or otherwise. Machines are making machines and dispensers are dispensing without a single ounce of human intervention. They’re literally running everything, and factories and warehouses are working overtime, all the time. Productivity and efficiency have never been higher.

Of course, with this wave of automation comes concern around employment. The prospect of job losses occurring due to technology isn’t a new idea of course, but it’s one that’s being continually revisited as the presence of automation becomes bolder and bolder.

There’re no unions, pay disputes, training schemes, or sick days – once the machinery is fired up and ready to go, everything runs smoothly from then on. Ultimately, this is one of the biggest changes of all, and the full consequences of it are yet to come to fruition.

3D Printing

Some machines aren’t fully automated and do require instruction and programming to perform their roles. This is true in the case of 3D printing, whereby designers and illustrators will draw the products they want the machine to produce. Before long, an assembled product is printed out of plastic, resin or a plethora of other materials.

Obviously, this is another time saving practice that boosts the efficiency in manufacturing. Once the product is designed to its full potential, the 3D printer can be left alone to produce the results in a matter of minutes or hours, depending on what’s been illustrated. This frees up workers to carry out other tasks, instead of being entirely devoted to a single project.

Modern repair services

As impressive as the latest technology is, it obviously can’t run entirely independently from now until the end of time. Maintenance crews will occasionally need to be brought in when equipment becomes faulty and in need of repair. Because of highly responsive companies like SSG Insight, production schedules are unaffected when breakages or breakdowns occur in the machinery.

This is a notable progression, because ultimately not all job roles will be lost in the manufacturing industry – instead, many of them will be redefined.

Those responsible for manufacturing products can become responsible for repairing and testing the machinery that manufactures the products instead. There’s less room for human error, and things like mass production and smooth production lines become more easily achieved.

Technology has caused the manufacturing industry to reorder itself from top to bottom. This has straightened out all the processes involved in production, and allowed products to be manufactured in a faster, smarter and more reliable way. It’s a seismic shift that many will certainly need to adjust to, but in time, the intervention of technology will perhaps be more universally acknowledged.

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