4 Manufacturing Trends for 2016

Find out what manufacturing trends are actually disruption technologies that could change the way we make things forever.

2016 is coming to an end and as usual, we like to look back and see great things that blew people’s mind. We will look at some of the technological breakthroughs that we have witnessed in 2016.

It’s no doubt that 2016 has seen more technological growth than any other year. More companies are improving on the technological aspect, and these changes have had an impact on people’s minds.

What technological manufacturing trends have you witnessed in 2016? Here's a list of 4 major manufacturing trends of the year 2016:

1. 3D Printing

Not only was it introduced a few years ago, but 2016 has witnessed a massive 3D printing manufacturing than any other year. Many businesses from beauty and cosmetics businesses of costume making companies have adopted this technology.

Local Motors have also embraced this technology and have been able actually to print some vehicle models. Even though it has not been approved for safety, 3D Printing will take the automotive industry by the storm.

2. Robotics

Even though it has taken decades for these innovations to evolve, 2016 has witnessed some cool and amazing robotics innovations. We have seen some workshops become completely automated.

A good example would be the DHL pulling carts that have been able to reduce the workload and speed up the stocking and packaging of the goods.

In Dongguan, a company had broken ground by being the first company to fully automate their factory.

The use of unmanned control technology has been widely expected and criticized, but it has proven to be working well than anyone expected.

3. The Growth of Advanced Analytics

The ability of a company to implement integrated software to run and monitor its entire activities shows how advanced analytics plays a crucial part in the innovation center. The use of data to impact logistic has become one important trend.

A good example would be the use of transport tracking. It has been able to shed some light on the previous invincible parts of the supply chain. The availability of the real-time in-house monitoring has been able to target and increase attention on some points on the floor that could be lagging.

The availability of information from these two areas, i.e. the supply chain and in-house production, has driven efficiency.

4. The Adoption of B2B eCommerce

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As more buyers are becoming tech-savvy, the companies are adopting best platforms that offer safe portals for purchasing goods.

The use of Software-as-a-service has been able to reduce the entry barrier into this industry. Technological innovation has greatly increased the growth of the B2B eCommerce and has contributed to the safety and ease of purchase online.

Without any doubt, 2016 has been quite a great year as far as manufacturing trends are concerned. This has opened doors for 2017 and all the possibilities it brings.