As we move into 2023, there are five major trends to watch for in the manufacturing industry this year.
- Increasing adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies. Industry 4.0, also referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is the integration of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) such as wireless sensors, and robotics into manufacturing processes. These technologies enable manufacturers to automate and optimize their operations, leading to increased efficiency and competitiveness.
- Growing importance of reporting and analytics. As more data and more data is generated through Industry 4.0 technologies, manufacturers are turning to analytics to extract insights and drive decision-making. Wireless sensors are playing a major role in improved analytics by providing around-the-clock feedback allowing manufacturers to identify patterns and trends that can help improve their operations and increase efficiency.
- Growth and usage of Additive Manufacturing. Also known as 3D printing, additive manufacturing allows manufacturers to produce complex parts and products using a digital file and a variety of materials. This technology offers several benefits, such as reduced lead times and lower production costs. As a result, we can expect to see an increase in the adoption of additive manufacturing in the coming years.
- Increased focus on sustainability. With growing concerns about climate change and environmental sustainability, manufacturers are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and minimize waste. This may include the adoption of renewable energy sources, the use of recycled materials, and the implementation of circular economy principles.
- Greater collaboration with customers. With the rise of digital platforms, manufacturers are able to connect with customers in real-time and gather valuable feedback and data. This allows manufacturers to tailor their products and services to meet the specific needs and preferences of their customers.
One way to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies now is to deploy wireless sensors for better insights and analytics on the operational performance and status of motors, machines and environments. For example, wireless sensors can determine:
- Wireless Vibration Sensors can be used to determine if a motor is running or not
- Wireless Temperature Sensors can be used to measure the temperature of refrigeration units, cooling units, vats of liquid, paint booths, incubators, etc.
- Wireless Current & Voltage Sensors can be used to measure the amount of power a compressor is using or if it is even receiving power.
- Wireless Contact Sensors can be used to measure how often a circuit opens or closes such as a CNC machine or press.
One company offering such wireless sensors is Swift Sensors which offers over 30 types of sensors to monitor a wide variety of measurements (vibration, temperature, open/close, on/off, voltage, current, water detection, tilt, activity, etc). Swift Sensors even has “adapter” sensors that can integrate with your existing sensors and bring them online.
Overall, the manufacturing industry is expected to continue its transition towards greater automation and digitization in the coming years. By adopting Industry 4.0 technologies, focusing on sustainability, collaborating with customers, and leveraging data analytics, manufacturers can stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of their customers.t