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Unlock­ing The Next Stage of Manufacturing


The man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­try is cur­rent­ly under­go­ing one of the biggest trans­for­ma­tions ever. The 4th Indus­tri­al rev­o­lu­tion is bring­ing trans­for­ma­tive tech­nolo­gies such as arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, the Indus­tri­al Inter­net of Things (IIoT), 5G and edge com­put­ing, and pre­dic­tive main­te­nance to the industry.

Accord­ing to a sur­vey con­duct­ed by Fic­tiv and Dimen­sion­al Research, almost every­one sur­veyed said the pan­dem­ic has had long-term effects on their busi­ness (95%), voiced con­cerns about their cur­rent sup­ply chains (94%), and increased their invest­ments in dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion (91%).

They acknowl­edge the man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­try will nev­er go back to the way things were before the pan­dem­ic, but their hope is for faster, green­er, and more resilient sup­ply chains in the future.

The cur­rent state of manufacturing

The man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­try encom­pass­es var­i­ous stages, from research and devel­op­ment to pro­cure­ment of raw mate­ri­als and the use of dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es to cre­ate fin­ished products.

This indus­try has a sig­nif­i­cant impact on job cre­ation, eco­nom­ic growth, and trade, and it plays a cru­cial role in meet­ing con­sumer demands and dri­ving innovation.

The indus­try is respon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing phys­i­cal goods on a large scale. It con­tributes to eco­nom­ic growth, job cre­ation, and trade, while also dri­ving inno­va­tion. Through var­i­ous stages of pro­duc­tion, from design to assem­bly, it uses tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments to improve effi­cien­cy and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. The indus­try is increas­ing­ly focus­ing on sus­tain­able prac­tices to min­i­mize envi­ron­men­tal impact.

Tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments have trans­formed man­u­fac­tur­ing, lead­ing to increased effi­cien­cy and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Efforts towards sus­tain­abil­i­ty and eco-friendly prac­tices are also gain­ing impor­tance in the indus­try. How­ev­er, there are sev­er­al chal­lenges faced by man­u­fac­tur­ers today.

Some of the com­mon chal­lenges include fore­cast­ing demand for prod­ucts, con­trol­ling inven­to­ry, improv­ing effi­cien­cy at man­u­fac­tur­ing plants, increas­ing ROI, skilled labour short­age, man­ag­ing sales leads and cop­ing with new tech­no­log­i­cal advances.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers must also con­tin­u­al­ly build their brand equi­ty and be more respon­sive to share­hold­ers while being ruth­less in their efforts to cut costs and increase mar­gins. There’s very lit­tle for­give­ness for even one quarter’s earn­ings that don’t meet expectations.

What will AI bring to manufacturing?

AI is bring­ing a lot of changes to the man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­try. It doesn’t replace peo­ple in the man­u­fac­tur­ing indus­try but allows robots and per­son­nel to col­lab­o­rate to accom­plish tasks. As machines become smarter, they will be able to take on more and more repet­i­tive tasks.

This will free their human coun­ter­parts to spend more time solv­ing oth­er prob­lems. Speed, pre­ci­sion, and qual­i­ty con­trol in man­u­fac­tur­ing will improve as AI sys­tems are implemented.

Here are some ways in which AI can impact manufacturing:

  1. Automa­tion and Robotics
    AI can enable advanced automa­tion and robot­ics sys­tems in man­u­fac­tur­ing process­es. It can enhance the effi­cien­cy and accu­ra­cy of repet­i­tive tasks, such as assem­bly line oper­a­tions or qual­i­ty con­trol inspec­tions. AI-powered robots can work along­side human work­ers or autonomous­ly, improv­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, reduc­ing errors, and increas­ing over­all pro­duc­tion speed.
  2. Pre­dic­tive Maintenance
    AI can analyse vast amounts of data col­lect­ed from sen­sors and machines to pre­dict and pre­vent equip­ment fail­ures. By uti­liz­ing machine learn­ing algo­rithms, AI can detect pat­terns and anom­alies in real-time, enabling proac­tive main­te­nance activ­i­ties. This approach helps min­i­mize down­time, reduces costs asso­ci­at­ed with unplanned repairs, and max­i­mizes the lifes­pan of machinery.
  3. Qual­i­ty Con­trol and Defect Detection
    AI can be used to enhance qual­i­ty con­trol process­es by analysing prod­uct data and images in real-time. Machine learn­ing algo­rithms can iden­ti­fy defects, incon­sis­ten­cies, or devi­a­tions from desired spec­i­fi­ca­tions, allow­ing for imme­di­ate cor­rec­tive actions. This not only improves prod­uct qual­i­ty but also reduces waste and opti­mizes pro­duc­tion efficiency.
  4. Sup­ply Chain Optimization
    AI can opti­mize sup­ply chain oper­a­tions by analysing data from var­i­ous sources, includ­ing demand fore­casts, inven­to­ry lev­els, and trans­porta­tion routes. AI algo­rithms can pro­vide valu­able insights for inven­to­ry man­age­ment, demand fore­cast­ing, and logis­tics plan­ning, enabling man­u­fac­tur­ers to stream­line their oper­a­tions, reduce costs, and improve cus­tomer satisfaction.
  5. Prod­uct Design and Optimization
    AI can assist in prod­uct design by uti­liz­ing gen­er­a­tive design algo­rithms. These algo­rithms can explore numer­ous design pos­si­bil­i­ties, con­sid­er­ing para­me­ters such as mate­r­i­al strength, weight, and man­u­fac­tur­ing con­straints. AI-powered sim­u­la­tions can also eval­u­ate and opti­mize prod­uct per­for­mance before phys­i­cal pro­to­typ­ing, reduc­ing devel­op­ment time and costs.

How Renoir helps organ­i­sa­tions pre­pare for the future

Big data, advanced ana­lyt­ics, and AI are unique­ly valu­able assets that can offer man­u­fac­tur­ers tremen­dous oppor­tu­ni­ties to accel­er­ate growth and increase effi­cien­cies. Renoir is unique­ly suit­ed to help man­u­fac­tur­ers com­pa­nies in the fol­low­ing ways:

  1. Cen­tre of Data Excellence
    We have estab­lished Cen­tres of Excel­lence world­wide with in-house Data Engi­neers, Data Ana­lysts, Data Sci­en­tists, Solu­tion Archi­tects, Dig­i­tal Pro­gramme and Project Man­agers. We utilise the best-in-class data ana­lyt­ics and visu­al­iza­tion solu­tions that best fits the needs of your operations.
  2. Beyond mere implementation
    We will analyse what val­ue your busi­ness needs to deliv­er from its data, and how to best adopt to the changes required. We then help you to deliv­er the tech­ni­cal imple­men­ta­tion and adop­tion of it.
  3. Experts in adoption
    As part of the engage­ment, Renoir has more than 25 years’ expe­ri­ence in tak­ing projects to full adop­tion using our behav­iour­al and cul­tur­al change method­olo­gies. This guar­an­tees that we leave the organ­i­sa­tion and your peo­ple with the abil­i­ty to con­tin­ue to grow val­ue long after the project is delivered.

Renoir begins every project with a thor­ough eval­u­a­tion to deter­mine root caus­es, then designs the opti­mum strat­e­gy to bring the high­est returns before help­ing busi­ness­es imple­ment it.

You can talk to one of con­sul­tants today to see how our solu­tions can help your organ­i­sa­tion address the unique chal­lenges effi­cient­ly and sustainably.

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