Modern advancements in technology are changing the manufacturing landscape. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is an example of a technology with diverse applications. Another technology that is causing a significant impact on manufacturers is the Internet of Things (IoT). With IoT, devices and machinery can communicate with each other in real-time. For instance, if a piece of equipment experiences a problem, other devices on the network are notified, allowing for immediate adjustments. This can lead to decreased downtime, minimized waste, and reduced costs while maintaining high overall quality and output.
The accompanying resource outlines some of the inventive ways the manufacturing industry is relying on these advancements.