How This New Manufacturing Trend Could Help You

Author: Affinity Manufacturing Ltd. | | Categories: Aerospace Manufacturing , CNC Machining , CNC Prototyping , Custom Parts Manufacturer , Marine Machine Parts , Production Machining

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As a machining manufacturer, we recognize the digital transformation that’s taking shape around the globe. Therefore, our experienced team is uniquely positioned to help clients leverage these innovative trends and implement improved manufacturing systems.

A current trend that we are currently witnessing is in the Industrial Internet Of Things (IIOT) space. While IIOT has been around for decades, new devices are emerging with profound applications that will strengthen operational efficiencies through automation, analytics, and machine learning.

As a result, the increase in IIOT devices has the potential to improve the CNC machining industry considerably. The following list encompasses some of the changes we expect to see shortly.

1. Predictive, data-driven technologies
With so many headaches caused by unexpected downtime, we foresee advancements in predictive technology that will soon become commonplace.

Predictive maintenance will enable manufacturers to:

  • Identify potential problems earlier than normal
  • Ensure parts get prepared on time
  • Schedule downtime conveniently
  • Run prompt operations

In addition, as we collect copious volumes of data, predictive models that forecast machine maintenance and downtimes will become more accurate and optimize the maintenance schedule.

The developments in data-driven predictive technologies will:

  • Increase resources
  • Enhance equipment life span
  • Improve product quality
  • create operational efficiency

2. Health and safety
During the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety became a hot topic of concern in the workplace. IIOT technology can help push the envelope by monitoring employees’ temperatures and tracking close contacts on the shop floor to maintain social distance.

3. The smart factory
We are slowly approaching Industry 4.0, where we are undergoing a sweeping shift toward the smart factory. By leveraging technology such as sensors, cloud computing, and big data, a smart factory will be the bridge between the physical and digital manufacturing world.

When implemented correctly, smart factories will realize incredible gains, including quicker response times, improved processes, and increased efficiency. In addition, collecting and sharing data will elevate flexibility through connected machines, devices, and other systems.

To infinity and beyond
As we continue to see a digital transformation and developments within IIOT devices, we envisage more and more manufacturers will reap the benefits of the latest innovations, which can be passed on to the customer.

These benefits include:

  • Lower production costs
  • Improved productivity
  • Shorter lead times
  • More valuable insights

If you would like to take advantage of the latest IIOT trends, get in touch with us today. At Affinity Manufacturing, we are a CNC Machine Shop in Vancouver, BC, specializing in CNC Milling, CNC Turning, Surface Grinding, and CMM COC report.

Over the past twenty years, we’ve focused on customer satisfaction and are committed to improving our clients’ supply chain. We serve clients across Surrey, Vancouver, Richmond, Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Burnaby, Squamish, Seattle, and the surrounding areas.

If you have any questions about the industrial internet of things (IIOT) devices, please contact us by clicking here. To learn more about the other services we offer, please click here.


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