How Are Manufacturing Software Tools Transforming The Industry?

Posted in Subcontract Manufacturing Trends on July 18, 2013

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If you’ve only just started to think about the latest offerings to the manufacturing industry, you’re already too late. While you’re dreaming of them, your competitors already have them.

“This isn’t a manufacturing resurgence or a renaissance; it’s the dawn of a new era,” according to an article on the IndustryWeek website. The article says there are currently a huge variety of new technologies that all have the power to transform your business. Are you thinking digitization, automation, robotics, 3-D modeling, simulation software and manufacturing software?

This article sends a clear message that the world of structured, slow-moving manufacturing is changing quickly. Many techniques, including 3-D modeling, are enhancing the time-to-market for products and reducing errors in manufacturing.

These are all supported by the advancement of manufacturing software tools available to the manufacturer. This is a definite warning sign to manufacturers that the world as they know it is changing.

New and advanced manufacturing software tools are being put into operations daily to assist in the streamlining of the manufacturing process and supply chain management. These tools allow a manufacturer to remove latency in the supply chain and bring new products to market quicker. Manufacturers need to retool their technology platform to take advantage of these benefits.

Use the cloud to efficiently and cost-effectively provide the necessary tools to your engineers, the production line and distribution channels. This is the key to making the most out of new technologies and speeding up time-to-market for products. With the cloud, a company can leapfrog its competition and become a leader in the industry.

Jack Shaw, a technology marketing futurist, told attendants at the Casting Industry Suppliers Association annual conference that new manufacturing technology will bring “global autonomous supply chains.”

There are already examples of these futuristic innovations in manufacturing warehouses today. For instance, the article shares the example of medical companies that are commercializing 3-D bioprinted human tissues for medical research and even human organs for clinical practice. That’s what the new era of manufacturing is about.

Source: IndustryWeek, June 2013

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