With the rapidly developing technology and Industry 4.0, which entered our lives in 2011, the manufacturing industry has undergone a change more rapidly than ever before. Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, 3D printing technologies are becoming more and more mature and present great opportunities for manufacturers. So what will be the production trends in 2019?
1-Industry 4.0 Will Continue To Be A Key Technology
Industry 4.0 will continue to be the most important trend for the factories of the future. While automation, data management, cloud technologies, additive manufacturing are the most important applications, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) will start to become more effective in applications. The total trade volume of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and IoT applications is 500 in 2019. will reach billions of dollars.
2-The Rise of Drones and Robots
Investment in robotic systems will increase 17.6% to exceed $115 billion, according to IDC. Robot and drone systems are becoming more and more important for factories with fully autonomous navigation capabilities and 3D mapping. With rapid developments in battery performance and air traffic management systems, drone systems will become commonplace to manage raw material resources and ensure equipment safety.
3-5G Technology Will Start Entering The Industry
Increasingly featured sensors and the launch of 5G technology starting in 2019 will fuel the continued expansion of IoT. 5G won’t just offer high-speed connectivity. Along with it, some exciting technologies such as inter-vehicle communication, more realistic VR (virtual reality) experience, fog computing will come into our lives. For example, when you add a new machine to a production line, you had to reconfigure the communication settings. Thanks to the future-proof feature with 5G, you will only need to set it once.
4-Blockchain Will Continue To Shape The Supply Chain
According to Manufacturing Global magazine, in 2019, blockchain technology will directly affect the speed, security and cost-effectiveness of financial transactions in production and those transactions. In a distributed financial and logistics system, different areas of management, monitoring and transaction reporting in supply chains are easily tracked thanks to blockchain technology. With a more transparent view of activity records, manufacturers will be able to see every part of their supply chain in real time and prevent problems before they become widespread.
5-3D Printers Will Speed Up Mass Production
The 3D printer market, which was 4 billion dollars in 2014, will develop very rapidly and will exceed 44 billion dollars in 2025. The success of 3D printers in rapid prototyping is obvious. The potential of 3D printers to make manufacturing cheaper, more sustainable, more powerful and faster will accelerate in 2019. On the other hand, 3D printing also includes a very sensitive production process. Whatever it is designed, it is 3D printed using raw materials, no cutting, no leftover material, no need to reprocess the materials. As an additive process, 3D manufacturing reduces material waste, as well as processing time and required equipment.