Evolving technologies continue to find their way into the workplace to make business more efficient and profitable. While some fear the increased usage of automation, a more realistic view is that these advancements take over the routine tasks and enable employees to perform more people-driven work. While all fields are benefiting from the latest technology, here are some of the latest tech trends improving light industrial work.
Connections through IoT
IoT, or the Internet of Things, is said to be the greatest contributor for manufacturing. It plays on the widely available access to the internet and advancements in sensors and cloud-based technology. At its most basic level, that all machines can talk to each other for better reporting, safety, compliance and more.
More than half of all manufacturers view this technology as a way to increase profitability through better and more strategic decisions based on the generated information.
Going directly to customers
Historically, B2B has been the driving force of light industrial work, but trends are showing the benefits of going right to the customer, or B2B2C. Prime examples of this change in the business model are ads you may have seen for companies selling products such as watches and razors directly to the consumer.
Without the middle company, you can increase revenue, decrease product delivery time, better control the price and message, and learn more about who is actually making the purchases. To operate efficiently it is recommended setting up an e-commerce system that is both user-friendly and secure.
More coexistence between humans and technology
Both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are proving beneficial across a wide range of the technology spectrum, especially when it comes to manufacturers. By getting a first-person and interactive look into products through these realities, you can cut down on demo and inspection time by more readily identifying issues and creating solutions.
Continued adoption of predictive maintenance
Predictive maintenance ties back into IoT and how the data received from machines can reduce downtime through its real-time reporting. Instead of waiting until something needs to be repaired, predictive maintenance lets you know when a company can anticipate a machine should be serviced so as to mitigate time spent offline. All light industrial companies understand the high costs associated with downtime during upkeep, making continued predictive maintenance a key to increased profitability and safety.
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