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SWOT Analysis of the LED Smart Lights Industry: Illuminating the Key Opportunities and Challenges

The rising demand from residential and commercial segments opens up new growth opportunities for LED smart lighting companies in the years to come. As a result, the market competition in the LED smart lighting category has been skyrocketing at an unprecedented rate with several companies competing to produce and sell innovative LED smart lighting solutions for household, administrative, and business uses. As exciting as this new segment in the lighting industry looks, it is not completely free of glaring issues that must be tackled. Experts at Infiniti Research conducted a comprehensive SWOT analysis to help companies identify opportunities and address issues and key challenges in the sector.  

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LED smart lightingStrengths of LED smart lights: Smart innovation

A decade back, who would have thought that technology will enable controlling light bulbs with the help of a smartphone! Using LED smart lighting technology, bulbs can connect to a smart device using wireless technology. Motion sensors can also be set up on these lights to switch them on or off based on a person’s proximity to the sensor. Such innovations give the user complete control of their lighting system and this is one of the major benefits of LED smart lights. Another major benefit of LED smart lighting technology is the reduced electricity consumption. Due to the increased sustainability, smart LED lights manufacturers can expect greater government incentives to support their operations. Although this is a breakthrough innovation, the setup of these smart bulbs is as simple as it can get. Once the bulb gets inserted into the light source, all it takes is to download an appropriate app and set up the wireless connectivity, making it simple and easy to use.

Weaknesses of LED smart lights: Barriers to market entry

Since this technology is relatively new, not a lot of people are aware of these bulbs. Furthermore, some of the top companies producing LED smart lights also deal with conventional bulbs, making this a tough market to battle against.  As such, smart lighting companies must focus more on the tech-savvy population, especially millennials who have an affinity towards such innovations. Moreover, as the pricing of these bulbs are on the higher side, there are greater chances of reluctance from customers to buy this product. Another important drawback of an LED smart bulb is that not all of these bulbs follow the same setup process. While most models use wireless technology to connect, some of them may require additional hubs or switches to function as expected. Such complicated installation processes make it even more difficult to make such technology mainstream.

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Opportunities for LED smart lights: Market expansion and growth

The rising government incentives for energy-saving products is an opportunity for LED smart lighting companies to expand their business operations by making more products available to the market. Factors such as rapid urbanization and the rising need for mobility could also largely fuel the growth of this industry. Furthermore, companies in the sector can also plan to move beyond catering to domestic needs and expand at an industrial or organizational scale. As a greater number of companies are trying to incorporate sustainable practices and the benefits of longer-lasting bulbs is a key incentive to attract corporate clients.

 

Threats facing LED smart lights: Traditional products remain market dominants

The lighting industry is characterized by cut-throat competition, with market players offering similar products and aiming to be leaders in the smart lighting segment. However, traditional bulbs continue to dominate the market with only a small population of buyers for smart bulbs currently. Moreover, the traditional lighting options are much cheaper than the smart lighting solutions, making it a more favored segment among buyers. Another major barrier is the complications involved in the set-up and usage of smart bulbs. Due to the relatively complex procedures involved, buyers may choose to go with the traditional options available.

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Additive Manufacturing Challenges in the Aviation Industry

In recent years, additive manufacturing (AM) has created a buzz in industries across the world, promising a flexible and cost-effective alternative to traditional manufacturing. One such sector that AM has brought about key transformations is the aviation industry. Additive manufacturing techniques play a pivotal role in aviation companies to reduce costs, increase efficiency, shorten time-to-market, and allow greater design flexibility. It acts as a vital technique to create complex designs and produce lightweight, yet strong structures. That being said, at present, there are several additive manufacturing challenges that need to be addressed by aviation companies before they go into its widespread adoption in the sector.

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Additive manufacturingAdditive manufacturing challenges in the aviation industry

Inconsistency in quality

Additive manufacturing currently faces several challenges in maintaining quality consistency. This is especially true in the case of the production of fully dense metal parts. Several aviation experts have also been raising concerns over the repeatability of the existing additive manufacturing systems. Also, the current AM systems are believed to offer accuracy of only approximately 30-40 microns. This is one of the critical challenges of additive manufacturing in the aviation industry as this does not align with the quality tolerance standards of aerospace companies. Consequently, some additive manufacturing parts require additional work after they are printed. This hurts the efficiency and purpose of AM.

Large and odd-sized parts

Another key challenge of additive manufacturing in the aviation industry is the inability to manufacture large and odd parts, making the production of certain large aircraft components difficult. This is one of the key areas where additive manufacturing underperforms when compared to traditional manufacturing.

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High material costs

AM technology uses only a small quantity of polymers and metal powder for the production of aircraft parts. However, these come at a much higher price when compared to the materials that are generally used in traditional manufacturing. This, in turn, lowers the incentive to use additive manufacturing in the aviation industry. This challenge must be addressed by AM providers by identifying alternative materials that can bring down the production costs.

Scalability limitations

Traditional manufacturing and sourcing techniques often help companies to stock large quantities of inventory for unforeseen contingencies. But in the case of AM, it may not be possible to scale up production in case there is a sudden surge in demand. As this scenario is highly likely in the aviation sector, scalability becomes one of the biggest challenges of additive manufacturing in the sector. Several additive manufacturing providers are already working on this challenge by enhancing the production speed of AM systems.

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4 Critical Challenges Facing Industrial Equipment Manufacturers

Modern manufacturers cannot afford to ignore the challenges coming their way, considering the cut-throat competition and the rapidly rising market demands. According to experts at Infiniti Research, some of the key challenges faced by industrial equipment manufacturers include industrial equipment manufacturers can come across include an incomplete view of their profitability, lack of insight into supply chain, and the means to collaborate productively across the various stakeholders. Although several industrial equipment manufacturing companies respond to these challenges by installing ERP systems, it may not be a complete solution to overcome these roadblocks.

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Errors in quotation

The quotation is one of the foremost areas of focus for any business. An inaccurate quote or costing prevents businesses from making adequate profits as either all the elements are included or even the client can be lost due to high costing. Sales personnel need access to details so they can provide the right estimate and quote to their customers.

Portfolio management

Portfolio management for industrial equipment manufacturers include creating premium support offerings, connecting service offers to business value, and launching new service offers. Making this challenge a priority will facilitate industrial equipment companies to take more responsibility for improving customer outcomes with offers and that would be required to prove their value in order to sell these offers.

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Service flow

In most cases, the scope of work for manufacturing companies may not end with the project assembly or manufacture. It could further involve transfer of project results to the base, which offers service opportunities like maintenance, repair, and overhaul services. This can cause several service integration issues for industrial equipment manufacturers.

Logistics inconsistencies

Industrial equipment manufacturers have a considerable amount of equipment and materials that need to move from the factory floor to production operations. Without the right support, this could lead to severe logistics inconsistency and confusion for industrial equipment companies. The companies in the industrial equipment manufacturing sector need to implement a solution that would help them plan the capacity of the machine so that the person in charge can assign resources to the machines based on the requirement.

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How the US Manufacturing sector Compares to Other Nations

After several years of falling output and diminishing labor force, the industrial manufacturing sector in the United States has been enjoying resurgence over the past couple of years. According to manufacturing industry experts at Infiniti Research, factors including the strengthening economy, better workforce quality, favorable tax policies and regulatory environment, and reduced transportation and energy costs are catalysts for this revival. In order to move forward, it is essential to understand how the manufacturing industries across the world are performing in comparison to that of the U.S. manufacturing industry. In this blog, experts at Infiniti Research provide insights on the manufacturing trends and some of the manufacturing challenges faced by different nations. They also highlight how the US manufacturing sector compares to these nations.

China has one of the strongest manufacturing industries in the world in terms of manufacturing output and the percentage of its national output that is generated. Meanwhile, Poland has the highest percentage of its workforce employed in manufacturing.

United Kingdom

The drop in the value of the British pound against the U.S. dollar and the euro has strengthened the U.K.’s manufacturing sector, thereby facilitating an increased demand overseas for goods from the country. Furthermore, the manufacturing sector holds a strong presence in the country due to its significant role in the export economy. In fact, the manufacturing sector contributes to a good majority of the U.K.’s overall exports. One of the key manufacturing trends in the U.K. is the rising efforts made to capture a significant share of the overseas market. However, the weak pound can impose manufacturing challenges as it may increase the import cost of certain supplies. Furthermore, as Brexit negotiations unfold, the future of manufacturing in the U.K. will experience significant turbulence.

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Switzerland

The effective governance policy in Switzerland has played a favorable role in shaping its strong manufacturing g sector. As a result of their long-held international neutrality, the country has transparent and fair processes, strong judicial effectiveness, and good economic and political stability. Moreover, Switzerland prioritizes being a strong trading country. The country has also got a top-notch manufacturing talent pool with a large number of highly-skilled workers. The key manufacturing challenges faced by companies in Switzerland include the cost of production and the strong franc value that could hamper exports.

Brazil

The rising corruption in Brazil is one of the primary factors that has plagued the country, resulting in a flailing manufacturing sector. Corruption makes investors reluctant to pour money into business operations due to chances of long-term uncertainty. Consequently, this dampens the chances of long-term investment and business growth. This can have adverse effects on the country’s manufacturing sector. A healthy manufacturing sector is contingent upon transparency in financial transactions, relative certainty in a country’s political environment, and individuals being held accountable for illegal action.

Indonesia

Although a decade ago Indonesia’s manufacturing sector contributed a significant amount of their GDP, Over the years the industry’s contribution has considerably dipped. Indonesia is largely hampered by anemic labor productivity. The sizeable proportion of small and unproductive firms in Indonesia are dragging down the entire sector. To improve their global competitiveness, Indonesia needs to develop its workforce and advance its manufacturing sector. They must focus on incentivizing manufacturing companies with low productivity to either exit the industry or improve their productivity through technology and skilled labor.

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Manufacturing sector in the US

Skilled workforce, advanced technology, and pro-business policies have propelled the growth of the manufacturing sector in the U.S. Manufacturing contributes to over $2 trillion to the United States economy. The labor costs in the United States are significantly higher than in other countries. However, the levels of productivity found in the United States make up for this difference, making the country an attractive location for manufacturing investment. Furthermore, disruptive technologies including additive manufacturing, 3D-printing, robotics, and the utilization of the IoT and Big Data are revolutionizing the U.S. manufacturing sector. This has not only increased levels of productivity but has also made the United States one of the most attractive locations for high-technology manufacturing firms. The United States has, benefited from open trade policies, and in order to attain continued manufacturing growth, the country should avoid tariff wars or overly restricted trade policies.

The gap in labor costs in the United States in comparison to other countries has started to drop and is expected to continue as the cost of industrial robots falls.

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Competitive Intelligence Assessment : Helping an Industrial Robots Manufacturer to Understand the Competitive Landscape

Industrial robots manufacturers face several challenges such as competitive pressure, B2B marketing issues, changing regulations, and technological advances among others.

Several geographies are witnessing the growth of the manufacturing sector, despite the rhetorical suggestions that the industrial manufacturing sector is on the decline.  Though this industrial segment is currently witnessing a resurgence, it is expected to face several challenges in the coming years.

Moreover, as we shift toward the Industry 4.0 era, factors such as artificial intelligence, advancements in industrial automation, machine learning, and cloud computing will play an increasingly important role in the way the industrial manufacturing sector functions.

The Business Challenge

  • The Client: An industrial robots manufacturing company

To understand the industry landscape and the maturity level of sustainable technology in the global market, a leading player in the industrial robots manufacturing segment approached Infiniti to help them conduct a detailed market assessment.

Also, with the help of competitive intelligence solutions the industrial robots manufacturing client wanted to devise effective strategies to make informed business decisions, that would help them develop and implement sustainable technical solutions to support customer needs. Moreover, they were looking at gathering critical data from their competitors in the industry to strengthen their technology solutions.

How Can Competitive Intelligence Help Players in the Industrial Manufacturing Sector?

“Competitive intelligence helps organizations to focus on their competitor’s strategies by keeping a track of their current activities, plans, capabilities, and intentions. Thereby, enabling companies to adjust their pricing strategies and take important business decisions based on the activities of their competitors.”

Players in the industrial manufacturing sector are increasingly focusing on enhancing business growth and profit margins, and this is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years. However, improving business functions to drive growth requires prioritization of key drivers such as capital investment, operating costs, and most importantly competitive intelligence. In today’s market scenario internal challenges are manageable but assimilated, acquired intelligence such as competitive intelligence helps organizations to focus on driving growth while ensuring their market validity.

Summary of Our Competitive Intelligence Engagement

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Client’s Journey

With the help of Infiniti’s competitive intelligence solutions, the industrial robots manufacturing client gained a detailed overview of the technological advances in the market, which included the scope for sustainable technological offerings. The competitive intelligence solution offered included a detailed description of the competitor’s activities and a real-time understanding of the size and scope of the market landscape.

The market experts at Infiniti conducted a detailed market research to help the industrial robots client gain a better understanding of their competitors’ strategies. The approach included primary and secondary research methodologies coupled with qualitative and quantitative data collection procedures. The experts also reached out to various stakeholders in the industrial manufacturing sector.

Solution Benefits and the Business Impact

The industry experts at Infiniti offered detailed market insights that helped the client to streamline their manufacturing processes and develop and implement sustainable technical solutions to support customer needs. Conducting a competitive intelligence assessment also enabled them to introduce breakthrough innovations in the industrial manufacturing processes by implementing sustainable solutions.

The Future

Industrial robots are increasingly turning more sophisticated and proficient at performing complex tasks. The number of industrial robots being deployed in the industrial manufacturing segment is on the rise with technology being a main reason behind the resurgence. Therefore, players in the industrial segment are looking at implementing effective strategies and effective solutions to stay ahead of the market competition.

 However, the high upfront costs related to the adoption of technology and the difficulty to compete with market players with advanced skillsets have necessitated the need to maintain competitiveness amidst the growing domestic and global challenges.


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5 Manufacturing Challenges Affecting CIOs of Manufacturing Companies in 2018

MANUFACTURING CHALLENGESToday, chief information officers (CIOs) of manufacturing companies are facing numerous changes that will affect the future growth prospects of manufacturing companies. Driving this change are a number of opportunities to grow and boost manufacturing processes. Though research shows that manufacturing companies will have ample opportunities to grow, CIOs will witness the advent of new manufacturing challenges that will compel them to change the way they look at strategies to improve the scale, speed, and simplicity of manufacturing processes.

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Top manufacturing challenges of 2018

Boosting revenues

One of the biggest manufacturing challenges that CIOs face today is boosting their revenue growth with the technology systems that they already have in place. Manufacturing companies will have to re-strategize their production workflows to meet the demands of short production runs for existing products and streamline new product introductions.

Shortage of skilled workforce

With Baby Boomers exiting the workforce and taking their valuable manufacturing skills with them, new reports claim that more than three million manufacturing jobs will become available over the next 10 years. Manufacturing companies are already feeling the heat when it comes to filling the vacant positions and the impending exodus of Baby Boomers will only add to their growing tally of manufacturing challenges for this year.Get more info

 

Advanced technologies

Though new technologies are aimed at making life easier for all of us, that’s not always the case for manufacturing companies. Technologies such as IoT, industrial automation, cloud and edge computing, and robotics are advancing at a break-neck speed. And by the time IT teams of manufacturing companies adjust and get approvals for new technology installations, a better solution emerges. This rapid development and availability of new technologies will be one of the biggest manufacturing challenges of 2018.

Data security

One of the major manufacturing challenges faced by CIOs this year is ensuring cybersecurity. With advances in technology and advent of new platforms, the risk of data leaks has also increased. Today, hackers aren’t just happy stealing data, they want to extort money by holding the confidential data hostage. In the past year, Ransomware attacks have almost doubled, and manufacturing companies can expect more frequent attempts as they integrate more technologies into their manufacturing processes.Get more info

Regulatory changes

Risk mitigation and avoiding uncertainties are a crucial part of any business process. When manufacturing regulations change, the costs associated with the manufacturing process also ebbs and flows. Tax regulations and trade agreements keep changing with every news cycle and amendments to government regulations can wreak havoc for manufacturing companies. Manufacturing challenges in the form of regulatory changes is one of the major factors influencing the profitability of manufacturers. As a result, CIOs need to be on top of their game at all times and predict changes before time to remain profitable.


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Why Should You Be Using AR in the Manufacturing Industry?

When you hear the word augmented reality, the first thing that comes to your mind is AR gaming. The application of augmented reality is not just limited to gaming. Its ability to turn the surrounding into an interactive virtual world can augment the experience and performance of any task. Manufacturing industry, in particular, is blessed by such advances in technology, as it increases the process efficiency and helps cut down on production downtime. So what Request Free Proposalare the benefits of using AR technology in the manufacturing industry?

Increase speed of work

It usually takes a lot of time for people to learn assembly and manufacturing skills. This is particularly true in the case of fighter jet engineers who go through years of training to assemble an aircraft. AR technology can hasten the process as it can overlay images in the real world using sensors and cameras. Such information helps engineers to see renderings of bolts, part numbers, and cables with specific instructions on assembling a specific component.

Solving problems

Whenever a problem arises on the shop floor, every team requires real-time access to solve the problem at hand. However, it cannot be possible for all teams to access the problem due to their location. Manufacturing operations employees can directly show all the issues at hand and explain it to the maintenance teams and engineers with the help of AR. Additionally, they can also keep track of the progress of diagnostics processes remotely.

Easy data access

Apart from projecting vital information within a user’s field of view, AR technology also allows service engineers and manufacturers to access data regarding the product or the manufacturing process easily. This includes information on the object’s location in the inventory, lead times to procure them, and their detailed specifications. Also, it is entirely possible to scan QR codes to view live videos, graphics, and images that can assist the engineers in the manufacturing process.

Decreased maintenance time

Augmented reality can project graphics and video in such details that the users would be able to carry out maintenance tasks just by following the instructions. The automotive company Bosch has collaborated with AR firm Reflekt to develop common augmented reality platform (CAP) that can help users with maintenance.

Reduction of production downtime

Production downtime can cause thousands of dollars in losses and incur an opportunity cost in a manufacturing firm. Augmented reality can help maintenance teams and engineers to identify the flaws and prevent downtime from occurring quickly. Teams in the manufacturing setup can use mobile apps to identify the problem on the shop floor and resolve it immediately.

Training uses

AR is one of the most preferred tools when it comes to training and simulation. VR is already extensively used for simulation training for aircraft pilots, military operations, and advanced surgeries. AR can be used in training to facilitate the learning process.

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Consumer Survey to Evaluate the Sales Performance and Improve Customer Experience for a Power Tools Manufacturer

The global power tools market is expected to garner revenues of over USD 35 billion by 2023         

Over the past few years, the rising demand for automation has revolutionized the adoption of power tools technology. Moreover, the use of power tools simplifies human work, reduces the burden of repetitive tasks, and decreases the chances of human errors and injury. The development of low-cost and energy-efficient appliances and the growth of smart technologies will boost the growth of the market. Rapid industrialization has further bolstered opportunities for power tools sales across developing nations including India, China, and Brazil.

However, our analysis of the industrial manufacturing space shows that power tools manufacturers across the globe are facing predicaments in terms of:

  • Product development and innovation: Today, it is essential for power tools manufacturers to keep up with the latest technology to stay relevant in this competitive market. Moreover, as companies vie to be the first with a new concept, the temptation to compromise on quality can be However, manufacturers need to be stern and avoid cutting corners.
  • Balancing maintenance with throughput: Keeping every equipment functioning is an essential part of running a manufacturing facility for power tools players. Regular preventive maintenance can help increase performance and ensure customer satisfaction with delivery lead times.

Several such factors are compelling power tools manufactures to leverage the use of robust consumer survey solutions.  Consumer survey solutions not only help companies to find ways to leverage the use of online and offline platforms to provide a holistic view of the brand to the customers, but also helps them to meet customer expectations. IR_RFPThese solutions also offer companies with a detailed overview of consumers in terms of their preferences and decisions.

The Business Challenge

  • The client: A power tools manufacturer

The client, a prominent manufacturer of power tools, was facing growth constraints in terms of sales and gaining maximum ROI. Consequently, they wanted to understand the customer journey, their purchasing behavior, and deliver promising sales. The client also wanted to evaluate the information on the consumer behavior and conduct a robust consumer survey to target the relevant customers. This would help them to establish their presence in the industrial manufacturing market.

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The Journey

Infiniti’s consumer survey experts carried out a blended approach comprising of interviews and discussion with leading stakeholders in the industrial manufacturing industry to help the client gain actionable customer insights. The experts also compiled information from a wide array of sources such as paid industry databases, company presentations, and industry forums to help the client devise a robust business model to analyze and evaluate the competitive firms in the power tools manufacturing space.

The Solution and the Business Impact

With the help of Infiniti’s consumer survey solution, the power tools manufacturer was able to evaluate their sales performance and improve customer experience. The client also understood customer preferences and drove marketing ROI. Furthermore, the manufacturer identified, tracked, and retained the best customers to stay competitive in the market.

The Future

With heavier duty power tools jumping on the cordless wagon, battery powered power tools are expected to witness high demand in the coming years. Additionally, the jump from NiCad batteries to Lithium-Ion technology is expected to revolutionize the way manufacturers build and market their tools.


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The World is Embracing Smart Factories – And Why You Should Too!

There have been rapid changes in the manufacturing technologies in recent times. The emergence of automation systems, Industry 4.0, and machine learning have resulted in the convergence of digital and physical worlds. Today, manufacturing is less about producing volumes and more about the intelligent and dynamic creation of value. Advancements in digital technologies have led to the preference for smart factories, where the machinery and equipment can improve processes through self-optimization and automation. The benefits of a smart factory extends Request Free Proposalbeyond manufacturing into functions such as supply chain logistics, planning, and product development.

Advantages of a smart factory

Asset efficiency

Advancements in sensor technology have enabled manufacturing industry to generate huge volumes of data that can be continuously analyzed to reveal asset performance issues, which need corrective optimization. A unique advantage of a smart factory is that human operators aren’t required to analyze such data and implement a corrective course of action. It is entirely possible for such factories to take corrective measures by itself through predictive analytics and machine learning. An increase in asset efficiency translates to lower downtime, optimized capacity, and reduced changeover time.

Lower cost

A smart factory enables manufacturing facilities to operate with lower inventory levels, which further lowers costs related to sourcing and supply networks. Additionally, the material handling costs also drastically decrease alongside wastages and downtime, which directly translates to cost-savings. Also, lower energy usage and quality processes will further reduce the warranty and maintenance costs.

Quality improvements

As discussed, smart factories are capable of implementing a corrective course of action on their own. Such principles can also be used to predict and detect quality defect trends sooner along with their cause. It will inevitably lower scrap rates and lead times; thereby, increasing fill rates and yield. As a result, optimized quality process will ensure quality improvements.

Maximum flexibility

Smart factory logistics systems are equipped to handle a host of different manufacturing environments and production setups. As a result, it can handle the differing nature of operational tasks, ensuring maximum flexibility. Additionally, advanced sensors technology can automatically recognize manufacturing demand fluctuations, which, in turn, allows a company’s supply chain to respond with better agility.

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Harness the Power of Rapid Prototyping in Your Product Design

Imagine a scenario where you manufacture a device in bulk only to find out that some parts don’t work in conjunction with others, deeming the product completely useless. That’s a nightmare for any firm in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing firms are using rapid prototyping in their product design phase to avoid similar problems. Manufacturers create a 3D model of a part or a product to test its efficiency before manufacturing in large quantities. Rapid prototyping allows product designers to demonstrate the look and feel of the product to clients or in-house management. The manufacturing industry is increasingly adopting rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and additive manufacturing in the product design process to transform the concept into reality effectively.Request Free Proposal So how exactly can design teams and manufacturing companies benefit from rapid prototyping?

Design accuracy and precision

Conventional industrial prototyping was a very iterative process and inefficient, resulting in lower quality manufacturing standards. For instance, design firms used cardboards, empty cans, and deo roll-ons to create the first prototype of a computer mouse. The problem with such prototyping is that it is a distance apart from the final product and fails to acknowledge real-world working conditions. Rapid prototyping allows for flawless product design and flexibility with the help of rigorous testing, evaluation, and quick remodeling capabilities. Rapid prototyping and 3D modeling rely on software such as CAD, which facilitate virtual product trials and error elimination.

Incorporating instant changes

One way of gaining competitive advantage is being the first to introduce innovative products to the market. Being the first-mover in the manufacturing industry requires companies to have a very short time-to-market. Iterative product revisions slow down the product development process and the time-to-market as well. Rapid prototyping allows product designers to instantly incorporate client or management feedback and move the product through multiple changes quickly. This way, the final product meets the market demand and increases the acceptance rates and competitiveness of the company.

Communication of idea

Before a product hits the market, it gets approved by various internal and external stakeholders including management, product designers, marketers, clients, collaborators, and regulatory bodies. If the prototype is weak and doesn’t communicate the idea clearly, companies will face hindrances in getting quick approvals; thereby, delaying the product launch. Rapid prototyping allows companies to build sophisticated designs and present the design idea in a detailed and clear way due to their CAD capabilities. Easy communication of design ideas thereby translates to rapid innovation.

Customizing designs

There’s a high probability of incorporating customized changes along the design process. Rapid prototyping allows for the development of personalized products as per individual requirement without the need for special tools or process. All that is required is a small change in the CAD model, and they can deliver the design as per the requirement of the customer.

Minimizing design flaws

Since rapid prototyping allows for changes to be incorporated swiftly, all design flaws can be addressed instantaneously. With the help of additive manufacturing, the company can identify flaws prior to mass production. Since the prototype material closely resembles the properties and strength of the actual product, it allows for physical tests to be performed effortlessly. Consequently, product faults and usability issues can be identified earlier to prevent hiccups in the manufacturing process later.

Cost and time savings

Additive manufacturing can eliminate the need for developing molds, patterns, and special tools – resulting in massive time-savings. Unlike conventional prototyping methods like CNC machining, rapid prototyping produces minimal wastages as it only prints the materials that are actually required to build the object. As a result, it offers enormous cost and time savings to the manufacturers.

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