Finishing certain complex processes in factories is becoming simple and can be done without human interference. These processes such as assembling are monotonous to have humans work on it. Hence industrial automation services were involved in several assembling manufacturing processes. Every now and then we see certain trends emerging in this segment. Day after day, it is getting dynamic and more optimized to improve efficiency. There are some recent upgradations in the industrial automation space which could soon become a trending practice in all the manufacturing facilities. Here are some of the trends that are happening in this space.
Digital Twin Technologies
If you understand cloning, then grasping digital twin will not at all be difficult for you. For example, you have one machine which does a particular process and replicating the same process with one machine will not be possible. In that case, you can create virtual equipment like the original one and assign the same to perform operations in tandem. This way, your production increases and so does your efficiency. Several reports were surfacing saying how digital twin is disrupting Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Moreover, this has been widely used in healthcare and automotive industry as well quite widely.
Converging IT and OT
Integration is the new word in the tech world. For years, IT and OT has been two different domains. But there is a need to bridge both together. Under OT, one does monitoring and controlling equipment. On the other hand, under IT a lot of support management activities take place. But efficiency and productivity is said to increase only when both the operations are interconnected. A lot of research has been going on to converge both of these. By the end of 2019, we can possibly get to see manufacturing facilities with the convergence of both these operations.
Cobot or Collaborative Robots as they’re called is now emerging. In 2018, its worth stood at US$710 million and same is said to surge to a whopping market worth of US$12.3 billion. These collaborative robots are said to increase production lines, increase productivity and improve employee safety. It is considered to be more affordable that even SMEs can afford having one and keep improving their efficiency from time to time. Europe, APAC and North American regions are heavily investing in this technology and soon we can see a lot of upsurge in investments and usage.
Augmented reality is not an alien term, but the advancements it offers for your manufacturing facility is something new. In the manufacturing space, augmented Reality is considered to have impacted product lifecycle management. Right from monitoring process improvements to inventory management and new product introduction, AR does everything to make your manufacturing process simple and efficient. Experts even say AR could allow one to look into the product pointing to the problem area. This is said to actually improve your efficiency and let you go ahead. Also, AR is widely used in different industries for different processes.
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