Martin Walder believes that 2019 will be the year of a smarter, more digital manufacturing world

Manufacturers ought to take the plunge and invest in the latest smart technologies. This is vital if they want to keep pace with the competition and improve their long-term prospects in the market.

As with most industries, technological advances are having a profound effect on production. Manufacturers who modernise will benefit from better output, higher quality products and less wastage on the factory floor – cutting costs in the long run.

Industry 4.0 and IIoT are set to provide the manufacturing industry with universal benefits in 2019. Although not new phenomenon, they will continue to allow businesses to develop more responsive frameworks to grow their productivity, as well as profitability.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions are particularly vital to thrive in the manufacturing industry. Not only will it improve communication between devices, but it will also improve the communication between systems and personnel, inside and outside of the company.

IIoT allows experts and expert systems to optimise and speed up processes whilst reducing downtime with predictive maintenance. Ultimately, smart technologies are able to increase the proficiency of businesses.

As we move into 2019, the increased adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) tools will improve operational efficiency. These tools allow end users to project current data onto any system with a tablet, helping improve efficiencies.

We’re going to witness increasing benefits of automation through robotics, machine learning and AI. Over the last few years they have provided genuine value for a vast number of businesses. 2019 will be no different. The manufacturing industry will continuously realise the benefits of a robotic workforce. Robots ability to work 24-hours a day, whilst producing consistent outputs is a no brainer for businesses.

With the adoption of the latest technologies in 2019, the manufacturing industry is set to transform into smarter, more ‘connected’ manufacturing.

Martin Walder
Martin Walder is VP of Industry at Schneider Electric, the leading the digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes, buildings, data centres, infrastructure and industries. With a global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in power management – medium voltage, low voltage and secure power, and in automation systems. It provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.