No matter what type of products you may be manufacturing, the trends in the manufacturing world are subject of frequent changes. Nevertheless, some subjects highly discussed in 2018 will probably be the next trends. Indeed, in 2018, the hottest issues in manufacturing focus on things such as finding ways to reduce manufacturing time while also increasing the quality of products. Are you looking for some useful trends you can use to for your manufacturing business? The following is an overview of some of the top trends to expect in the world of manufacturing for next year:
One of the top trends in manufacturing involves finding ways to speed up the production process. Finding ways to combat the “Amazon Effect”, or the fact that customers are now able to purchase a vast array of products online and have them shipped (often for free) within only 2-days, many manufacturers are trying to find as many ways to speed up production as possible. In keeping with that, they are also finding ways to offer reduced accelerated shipping as well. This is so their clients do not have to worry about not being able to keep up with massive e-commerce giants such as Amazon and Wal-Mart, among many others.
Use of Robotics
Another popular trend in manufacturing is the use of robotics to handle tasks that are competitive and especially tedious for most humans. In doing so, they are not only able to save money over time, but this also allows these companies to use this manpower in other areas of the company, namely, innovation. Therefore, despite the fact that many people believe the use of robotics causes a company to lose jobs, in all actuality, this allows these workers the ability to focus on things such as quality control and driving innovation.
Lastly, finding ways to make processes greener and more sustainable is a trend that has begun to permeate virtually every industry. Manufacturers across the globe have been ‘going green’ by finding ways to reduce and reuse waste, to finding ways to build stronger, planning for the life-cycle of the impact of products, and creating more durable products, manufacturers are focusing in on ways to reduce their carbon footprints.
Overall, there are various trends in manufacturing to watch in 2018. These trends are designed to focus on matters such as sustainability, reducing production times, innovation, and finding ways to employ robotics in order to refocus this manpower on helping the company progress and evolve. Need more help making progressive changes to your manufacturing business? Contact ProdSmart today!