AI is everywhere. That includes the manufacturing industry, which benefits from it, in a variety of ways. But it is not the only technological advancement that is helping industries, these days. Additive manufacturing technology is especially important to their growth. Here is a closer look at both and their effects on the manufacturing industry.
Additive Manufacturing is Completely Redefining Production
We can confidently say that PBF additive manufacturing, as well as other additive processes, will forever change the way metal parts are being produced. Imagine a 3D printing machine that uses metal, and you find yourself with one of these new machines, that are now building parts at a much quicker rate, and less expensively than any of the previous production modes. With additive manufacturing, the industry did not just move one step ahead but took a big jump from where it stood at the time.
Thanks to it, companies can now build parts, directly from plans. To do so, they use the CAD software, which acts as a director to the machine, telling it how to proceed in order to build a given piece. It can build one part at a time or more, and it doesn’t need a moulded sample first. In fact, you can try as many designs as you want through this production method, without having to wait weeks or to invest large sums of money in moulding. Furthermore, companies that have large needs in terms of parts, can now buy their own additive manufacturing machine and produce them by themselves.
Artificial Intelligence and the Manufacturing Industry
AI has lost its novelty effect. However, it still keeps growing its power, by entering into all industries. When it comes to manufacturing, machine learning has enabled managers to gain more control over their plants and make better decisions, according to their own specific needs and work methods. By analyzing everything that goes on inside the plant, the AI is able to come to conclusions that can then be applied to save time and money, but also to optimize efficiency and make the workplace safer for everyone.
The most important action of AI is that it predicts what can happen. It makes it that much easier to understand the mistakes that are being made, but also the advantages that the plant has. From there, correcting the first and encouraging the development of the second, becomes child’s play. This can be used for better inventory management and supply chain visibility. It helps to cut the costs of warehousing, by providing information on real quantities of products that will be truly needed in the near future. That, in turn, affects the cost of transportation, since products can be moved only whenever they need to be, thanks to greater forecasting accuracy.
Other Technologies in Use
Mobile robots have become a common commodity inside most manufacturing plants. They can be programmed for different tasks, which makes them a versatile tool. Also, the Internet of Things has really changed the way managers plan their employee’s work since they have a much clearer view of everything that goes on inside their plant, at all time, through the connected objects, linked by sensors and the Cloud.