Technology in the Manufacturing Industry

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Manufacturing companies are well known to implement innovative technology solutions into their daily business operations and there appears to be no stopping in sight. Manufacturers will utilize technology in order to improve operational efficiency while also reducing costs, especially when the costs of doing business are soaring. Continue reading to learn about the various ways that technology has helped manufacturing companies over the years. 

Improved Digitization

Manufacturers are responsible for converting materials and/or their components into consumer goods using something known as digitization. Digitization is digital services and systems that can assist in the management of a company, communication with clients, as well as the management of automation. Majority of manufacturing companies utilize automation with many of these companies also using robots with collaborative work tasks.


Cobots are essentially robots that use smart software, powered by artificial intelligence, to work side by side with their human coworkers. Instead of directly replacing their employees, more than 40 percent of manufacturing companies use some form of cobots within their organization. Cobots are more affordable than the actual robots that are used to replace human workers. 

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, has successfully influenced and changed the manufacturing industry with innovative technologies. Aimed to provide insight into daily business operations, sensors assist manufacturing companies with predictive maintenance. These measures include replacing parts before they malfunction or damage operations in a serious way. Preventative maintenance can help reduce business costs by up to 25 percent. As compared to the downtime caused by operational difficulties, it is a clear investment for these manufacturing companies. 

Machine Vision

Artificial intelligence can also be used for machine vision in the manufacturing industry. In other words, machine vision is a process that allows companies to automate their own quality control processes from end to end. This gives manufacturing companies the ability to run their business operations faster than if they were to depend on others to check each and every point of the quality process. Machine vision can help identify issues and/or abnormalities as it relates to the quality control of a business. This will also give companies the opportunity to achieve the quality level they are looking for while also doing so at a lower cost.

Technology is extremely crucial to the success of any business. Your company can grow exponentially with the right kind of technology. At WheelHouse IT, we can help you and your company choose the right technology to fit your business needs. For more information, contact us today at 954.474.2204.

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