2015 is a year that could lead to great changes in the industrial sector, in both the short and long-term. As burgeoning technological developments come to a head and reach widespread acceptance, they will shape the way that industries operate on multiple levels.
3D Printing is Here to Stay
In just a few years, the number of industrial uses for 3D printing has exploded. Organizations from car manufacturers to medical equipment makers have begun integrating 3D printing into their manufacturing cycles, with even more advancements currently being tested and approved.
With 3D printing on the rise, many experts predict that the technology will soon be able to allow the manufacturing and industrial industries to produce their products without outsourcing, and to greatly reduce the amount of wasted materials produced during manufacturing processes. While the time of zero-waste, 100% local manufacturing is still a ways away, the developments that could eventually lead there will begin to become more prominent in 2015.
Growing Use of the Cloud
Like 3D printing, the use of cloud technology has exploded in recent years, to the point that it has become an integral part of many business' operations. 94% of companies have said they are already running their computing services through the cloud or desire to do so, and 27% of companies are currently migrating operations to the cloud in order to lower their expenses.[i]
Because of this, IT professionals with cloud experience are in high demand in both the US and abroad. As long as the demand for access to the cloud continues to grow, companies from multiple industries will continue to make large investments in staff and technology that will allow them to get there.
Social Media and Customer-Centric Manufacturing
Because of the access that social media platforms give customers to the companies they do business with, sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are creating both a more educated customer base and new business chains for manufacturers. Old B2B and B2B2C models are becoming outdated in a world where individual consumers can easily research and purchase products, and social media gives manufacturers a way to reach out to those customers and build relationships with them.
Increased Automation Through Internet Connected Devices
A much talked about recent trend is the Internet of Things, or the new wave of devices that are connected to the internet. Manufacturers who utilize IoT devices can use them to further automate their processes, as the devices make it easier and less labor-intensive to manage highly technical manufacturing systems. This has the potential to both reduce labor costs and to increase investment in R&D as employees are freed from the need to oversee production and can devote their time to research and product development instead.
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