With consumerism ever-increasing, manufacturers big and small are looking for new and improved ways to automate and streamline their business and manufacturing processes to yield greater, safer and more reliable results. In this blog, NJCSI are taking a look at the top manufacturing and industrial IT trends for 2019 and why they work.
Big data has been one of the biggest buzzwords for a few years now, and for good reason. As analytical processes and algorithms become an integral part of automation, manufacturing, and all manner of online processes, manufacturers are realising that in-depth analysis of this data can aid with critical decision making.
This trend goes further than just software for data collection, but rather focuses on developing comprehensive data strategies for achieving goals and working towards measurable objectives. For example, manufacturers should identify specific areas or KPIs that they would like to improve or correct, and then use collected data to implement relevant changes. If a manufacturer would like to increase ROI by reducing wastage during production, they would have to collect production data and compare this with data from ERP.
In essence, this trend is pushing manufacturers to actually use their data, rather than simply collect and hoard it.
More and more capital is being geared towards intelligent software solutions for the manufacturing environment. This supersedes the trend of spending large amounts of money on updated hardware and shifts the focus towards internal processes and computing abilities. Advanced software programmes are now more than ever important to manufacturing facilities, due to the efficiency and effectivity they can offer.
Industrial IT extends further than just MES and SCADA systems. Leaps and bounds have been made and a plethora of customisable manufacturing automation and industrial IT programmes can be introduced to your facility.
You may want to look into new and improved platforms that can offer you better design, visualisation, calculation logic and ergonomics as compared to their predecessors.
As the realm of industrial IT continues to grow, we are also seeing a merge between IT and operational technologies (OT) to create new platforms which integrate core computing areas, such as enterprise data from corporate level all the way through to field and process level automation.
These smarter, more connected solutions will allow businesses to better face the increasing demands of today’s needy customers. For example, IT and OT convergence will allow business to achieve faster fulfilment, greater transparency and improved adaptability.
A modern manufacturing environment is characterised by a large degree of uncertainty, and of course the old adage reminds us that the only real constant in life is change. With this in mind, we find it increasingly important for manufacturers to be able to quickly and effectively adapt to change, whether it be on a production level, PR level, or due to natural disasters or political difficulties.
Smart manufacturing solutions are therefore the future for businesses such as yours, as shown by manufacturing leaders who are leveraging technology to bridge the gap between changing environments whilst improving safety and transparency along the way.
Do you want to be prepared to adapt to constantly changing consumer requirements? Contact us to discuss your needs and our specialists will guide you through the Industrial IT and Control System solutions that can improve your manufacturing processes.