In the past ten years we have seen technology change at an astonishing rate. We have seen the birth of social networks, cloud computing, Wi-Fi, tablet computers and smart phones. Changes in technology have pushed global competition to an all time high. So, what are manufacturers doing to evolve to this new environment?
According to the USMTC (United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption) report released in June 2011, the change in orders for technology supporting plant production is up over 100% from last year. Furthermore, twice as many firms are adding software systems that focus on efficiency and productivity. This includes shop floor production technology from execution systems to robotics to automated systems. Manufacturers are driven to evaluate their shop floor and determine the path to optimal efficiency, productivity and profits.
It’s not feasible for manufacturers to replace existing systems every time technology changes. The manufacturing technology that has the best value evolves with your company as the manufacturing environment changes. It is easily upgradeable so that new features and functionality can be added as soon as they become available.
New software architectures and tools provide a greater level of adaptability to help the software integrate with future technologies and extend the life of current manufacturing systems.
Fear of Change
What is holding some manufacturers back? Although there has been a dramatic increase in the purchase of manufacturing technology, many companies are still hesitant to take the leap. They remember past experiences, slow implementations, disruptions in their manufacturing plant and delayed customer shipments. Although this once might have been the case, the transformation of manufacturing technology and new software architectures have greatly reduced these risks. Now, there’s only one thing standing between manufacturers and the path to optimal efficiency, productivity and profits. Once companies decide to take the leap and move to these new technologies, the benefits that are realized can truly be a game changer.
What’s holding you back?