As the world begins to recover from the past few years, many industries have had to learn to adapt and reimagine past trends to fit with recovering industries. With innovation, adaption, and reliance on automation coming to the forefront, especially during our current climate, the core element of industrial development continues to be how we work. Fortunately, with past trends leading the way, we can predict five trends that will come into play in 2022, as well as how they will play an integral part in the manufacturing industry:
With IIoT becoming a considerable part of 2020 and 2021, it is natural that this trend will continue in 2022. Additionally, it’s predicted that IIoT-enabled resource planning systems will be beneficial as companies prolong their reliance on apps that can be integrated into existing systems.
We have been shown that a tough and agile management system is vital to ensure that companies work efficiently, especially when person-to-person interaction may not be possible. Companies may become more reliant on AI to adapt to these constantly changing circumstances, particularly when it comes to future planning and strategies.
Predictive maintenance will become a huge support for the manufacturing industry, especially if workers are not around to complete maintenance tasks. This could potentially result in substantial financial loss due to unplanned downtime. Therefore, it is expected that companies will integrate predictive maintenance into their model to compensate for this.
While this isn’t a new development, modern industrial companies like kerfdevelopments.com have equipment that provides real-time diagnostics allowing for conditions to be constantly monitored. Thus, predictive maintenance would be the next logical step for the manufacturing industry in 2022.
A new ally to the manufacturing landscape, additive manufacturing has become an essential part of the manufacturing network for many companies. This makes it possible to print replacement parts on-site when needed, even accounting for design modifications. As a result, manufacturers can produce and update what is required as quickly as possible, reducing downtime. This, in turn, leads to increased productivity and high-performing products. So, it is easy to see why this has continued to be a trend in 2022.
Health and Safety
With the past two years in mind, few things will highlight the need for greater health and safety within the manufacturing industry than a global pandemic. Employee safety is of the utmost importance to many companies since they are the backbone of their workforce.
Health and safety have always been at the forefront, however, we predict a greater emphasis on safety and an increase in incorporating safety measures into the workplace. We also predict a turn to advanced technology to improve health, safety, and working conditions.
Onshore, not Offshore
The final trend that will change the manufacturing industry is an increasing reliance on onshore support rather than offshore manufacturing. At the same time, there may still be a market for overseas resources and labor, especially in countries like China and India. With the increasing concerns over supply chain issues and changes within trade due to ever-evolving political landscapes, we predict that industrial nations will begin to look to themselves for support needed to continue their development.
While we are nowhere near the conclusion on issues that will pop up within the manufacturing industry, there are still many ways to adapt, innovate and change how our industry works to continue to grow.