The way of doing things is set to change in industrial automation as new technologies and innovation take center stage. Here’s a look of what you should expect in the future.
More Factories Wil Become Fully Automated
At the moment, it is possible to have a few people run a factory while automated machines and robots perform the rest of the operation. However, even the most sophisticated devices still require human interaction to recognize tasks and to prevent failure. But, as Artificial Intelligence gets to the next set, it will be possible to have machines that understand and execute complex jobs with zero intervention by man.
There Will Be Less Recalls
The use of artificial intelligence in industrial automation will help detect errors before they cost the manufacturer a recall. Assembly systems run by nanoscale and nanotechnology will take over together with super-sensitive low-cost sensors that can measure anything and everything with precision.
Operating systems will get smaller as wireless technology becomes more and more applicable in automation. In other words, you should expect more consistency and high-quality as revolutionary software applications streamline the way of doing things within industrial automation circles.
On top of that, you should anticipate incredibly fast networks and machines due to the use of top-notch diagnostic software. By extension, this translates to higher reliability and fewer errors during the manufacturing and production process.
Factories Will Be Smaller
There will no longer be centralized production plants. As technology takes root, you will start to see smaller, movable factories. The idea will be to move future plants to where raw materials and customers are in plenty. That way, there will be no need to budget for transportation of raw material for processing or taking finished products to consumers. What this means is that goods will be more readily available irrespective of your location.
The Take-Away Message
The future of industrial automation is bright. The ripple effect is that you should expect higher value-added products tailored to meet your specific needs better. The manufacturing process will be inexpensive and quick. Communication will be at its best thanks to the automated processes. As things take shape, companies will start to find ways to open subsidiaries in strategic locations across the globe to reach more customers.
Also, the United States will no longer be the absolute leader of knowledge-based industries. China and India are starting to make inroads into the global economy already, making the future of industrial automation even more interesting.