Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing how manufacturers do business, and is set to increase its influence. This raises questions about how people will work, and how much control machines will have in the future.
However, what AI does offer is the potential to positively transform manufacturers’ relationships with their customers.
It will enable them to fulfil their customers’ needs more quickly, and accurately. It will better integrate production processes with supply chains, quality assurance and customer service.
Smarter machines can respond to data earlier in the manufacturing cycle. Technology not only allows for increased harvesting of data, but also detailed analysis of it.
As AI develops, it will spread from taking on repetitive tasks to more continuously changing activities, in response to how it analyses and measures data
These new activities will allow it to make key recommendations in terms of the production line, and what changes may arise in production and design to fulfil changing customer needs.
This kind of data-driven manufacturing will closely align with supply chains, to help ensure that customers are always going to get what they need, when they need it.
This goes beyond responsiveness, into areas of anticipation and proactively preparing for changes in demand.
There are fears about the impact of AI on employment, and on human decision-making, with a potential loss of control.
What it is important to remember, is that artificial intelligence is essentially a tool, and that regardless of its development, people must be in place to judge its recommendations and allow any changes to happen
It will change how things happen, but it will also help interweave the different strands of activity connected to manufacturing, producing integrated manufacturing and supply solutions.
People will always need to lend their support to the systems they develop and have the final say in how these systems run. They will retain control of them.
The Manufacturing Revolution
Manufacturing is changing and AI is helping this change happen. It is blurring the lines between products and services, and more directly connecting manufacturers to their customers.
We are not competing with AI, but harnessing its enormous potential to transform how we live
It will no longer be about a production line, but a panoramic process, into which data feeds at all stages of its lifecycle, from manufacturing to logistics, customer feedback and product development.
To discover more about innovative manufacturing and how to ensure that your products are in tune with what your customers want and need, please contact Finch Electronics.
For an additional read please read IoT: Are Manufacturers Prepared?