Even though manufacturing is extremely diverse, certain trends have been identified to have the potential to significantly impact the future of manufacturing. Among them are predictive maintenance, which will replace the traditional paradigm of breaking and repairing. So called cobots will assist and work alongside humans in the factory of the future. Digital Twins have the capacity to simulate and thus to adapt entire production chains before they are built. Energy efficiency and integrated energy will be important themes given the attempts to contain global emissions.
Trends & Challenges
Increased connectivity provides the means to optimize workflows
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence will increase efficiency and guide decision making
Predictive maintenance will save costs and lower downtimes
Deployment of robots demands alterations of regulatory and security measures
Nanomaterials and 3d-printing allow mass customization and easier prototyping