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Smart Manufacturing and Custom Market Research

Why the World Needs Smart Manufacturing Now

In recent times, technological advancements have transformed the manufacturing industry. As experts speculate the benefits and detriments of these advancements, it is widely accepted that smart manufacturing is leap forward for manufacturers across sectors. Currently, smart manufacturing is becoming the focus of manufacturing globally. It is the integration of the manufacturing industry and new-age information communication technology. As this change permeates the manufacture process in the form of smart factories and the adoption of industry 4.0, it is transforming traditional manufacturing for the better.

The benefits of smart manufacturing are unparalleled, for instance, it can accurately predict requirements, identify errors, make innovation easier, and make the manufacturing process easier. It is crucial to note that smart manufacturing is the process of combining various technologies and solutions and implementing it into the manufacturing process. These technologies and solutions are referred to as ‘enablers’ and include artificial intelligence, blockchain in manufacturing, industrial internet of things, robotics, and more. Unlike the commonly misconception of it being a direct implementation on the existing process, the actual process is long-drawn and challenging.

For this reason, manufacturing companies across the world are leveraging custom market research solutions, to help them understand the market and make the transition easier. In this article, Infiniti’s research experts highlight the various benefits of, and factors affecting smart manufacturing. Additionally, they highlight the benefits of custom market research for the industry.

Smart manufacturing is taking the world by storm, and it is crucial for manufacturing companies to be prepared. Get more information to learn more about this global phenomenon and what it means for your company.

Smart Manufacturing and IIOT

The industrial internet of things (IIOT) is an ecosystem where every device, machine, and process is connected through data communication. It incorporates machine learning and big data, while harnessing sensor data and automation. The concept behind IIOT is that machines capture, analyze, process, and communicate data better than humans can. Giving manufacturers the opportunity to identify inefficiencies and find solutions faster than they ever could previously. IIOT can make smart manufacturing faster, more efficient, and more profitable. It does this by providing manufacturers with precise information throughout the production process.

The Benefits of Smart Manufacturing

Technological advancements offer various benefits in every industry and sector. In the case of smart manufacturing, these benefits change the manufacturing process entirely. Every smart factory provides manufacturers with the following impactful benefits:

Automated data:

All the information procured and made available through the technology implemented in smart factories allows managers to make more informed decisions. It also makes it possible for manufacturers to link their technology with business goals and measure their key performance indicators more efficiently.  

Predictive maintenance:

With constant, precise information from their technology, smart factory managers can predict and resolve maintenance issues. This, in turn, avoids downtime and negative effects on product-quality.

Significant cost reductions:

Smart manufacturing allows manufacturers to increase forecast accuracy and reduce waste. It also provides better insights into supply chain systems, such as demand levels, inventory, delivery status. This helps reduce costs with appropriate supply-chain and demand management.  

Enhanced productivity:

With seamless data on bottlenecks, machine maintenance, and functioning, and operational inefficiencies, manufacturers can substantially enhance productivity. Smart manufacturing helps make the required adjustments to improve quality, reduce waste, and potentially increase yield.

Smart Manufacturing and COVID-19

As the world attempts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and manufacturers across the globe suffer losses. With mandated social distancing in most countries, continuing the traditional manufacturing with hundreds of employees present is not possible. This has led to considerable growth in smart manufacturing. With a reduced need for manpower, and high automation, not only can manufacturers continue production, but they can also recover from their losses with high efficiency, and lower costs.

The world is slow to recover from this pandemic, and industries across the globe are changing to a data and IoT dependent work approach. Businesses are encouraged to create more technology-dependent work modules, to reduce risks and losses. Digitizing processes provides manufacturers with increased flexibility that will be essential in coming years. It also allows businesses to protect workers, safeguard jobs, and build an adaptable manufacturing industry.

Identifying and successfully stepping into the future with the manufacturing industry is crucial. As opportunities present themselves, speak to our experts to learn how to seize them in the best way possible.

The Benefits of Custom Market Research for Smart Manufacturers

In times of fast and crucial change, businesses must rethink their business model, marketing approach, and strategies for various facets of the industry. Custom market research solutions address unique business challenges and develop comprehensive, unique strategic solutions. As the smart manufacturing industry grows at breakneck speeds, manufacturers need assistance in successfully transitioning into industry 4.0. Infiniti’s experts further detail the benefits of custom market research solutions:

Targeted Research:

Custom market research solutions allow businesses to focus on specific pain points and procure target market research regarding them. This targeted data enables businesses to acquire forecasts regarding market trends and market growth in their niche market space. As industry 4.0 evolves, these solutions always allow businesses to be prepared and a step ahead.

Deeper Insights:

Custom market research companies provide insights based on a combination of primary and secondary research. With insights from industry experts and major stakeholders, as well as a compilation of information from various industry forums and databases, this data is detailed and highly insightful. These insights can help manufacturers identify potential risks with proven data and develop actionable strategies as they work towards creating their smart factories.  

Comprehensive Research:

Custom market research solutions compile information effectively from various sources. Additionally, custom market research companies help companies develop the ideal strategic approach to challenges and overcome them while evolving with the market. Industry 4.0 is challenging, and comprehensive data can help manufacturers embrace the changing market efficiently.

As industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing evolve, companies must ensure they are prepared to evolve as well. Custom market research solutions make this possible. Request a free proposal to gain comprehensive insights and actionable solutions.

Additive Manufacturing and Demand Management

Staying Ahead of the Curve with Additive Manufacturing

Technology is developing at exponential rates, and every other industry is developing simultaneously. The latest development in the technological world is additive manufacturing at a large scale. More commonly known as 3-D printing, the young concept has grown to a mass production level rather quickly. However, 3-D printing and rapid prototyping, while used interchangeably with additive manufacturing, are subsets of the same. The role it plays in the manufacturing industry now is highly impactful and is bringing about change that is long overdue.

There is no limit to the positive impact of additive manufacturing. It is a sustainable, durable, more efficient, and the extent of manufacturing design it allows is incomparable. Additionally, it is reforming traditional supply chains across industries, allowing companies to reduce losses, save time, optimize products, and increase automation, also in-turn reducing risks substantially.

However, as the manufacturing industry grows, it is faced with challenges relating to changing demands, on-demand needs, wide range designing and execution, major investment, and maintenance. Experts suggest leveraging demand management solutions for efficient growth. Demand management helps additive manufacturers strategize according to customer demand and benefit from all the advantages it offers. In this article, Infiniti’s industry experts discuss additive manufacturing and the advantages, impact on businesses, and need for demand management.

Speak to our exerts to learn more about the role of demand management in the growing manufacturing industry and stay ahead of the curve.

The Advantages of Additive Manufacturing

As an industry grows, so do the technologies it employs. Additive manufacturing is a crucial indicator of the growth of the manufacturing industry. To help understand how it is beneficial, experts at Infiniti have highlighted the following four key advantages:

  • Design Freedom: Additive manufacturing uses materials that can be printed in the preferred design, removing the limitations of rigid and unyielding materials. This allow for a wider range of designs. Reducing the need to design and construct in limited capacities. Parts that previously required welding or brazing, can now be singularly designed and manufactured. This also allows to create designs that could previously not be attached due to various material issues.
  • Sustainability: Additive manufacturers can now use solely the materials required, bringing down waste by a substantial amount. Without the need to cut parts or supply from a larger material, such as rigid flex, there is no excess material that would most commonly need to be disposed of. This in-turn reduces energy consumption and lowers carbon footprints.
  • Faster Manufacturing Cycles: Since the process is initiated through efficient software, a large amount of time is saved in the transfer of information process. This allows for faster prototype production, and therefore, faster testing. Additionally, changes can be made immediately, reducing time and material wasted in the testing or optimizing process.
  • Accuracy and Efficiency: The high level of automation, design freedom, and control through software in additive manufacturing provides high levels of accuracy that would not be possible with an assembly line. Additionally, as previously mentioned, the changes required can be immediately made, and efficiency will remain uncompromised.

The Business Impact of Additive Manufacturing

While knowing the wide span of advantages of additive manufacturing is crucial, it is also important to understand how exactly they impact businesses. Additive manufacturing has had a highly positive impact on the manufacturing industry, and all other industries associated with it. The following five points explain the business impact as well:

On-Demand Supply:

Additive manufacturing allows for goods and products to be produced as and when required, as opposed to the mass manufacturing approach of the traditional method. This allows for customers to acquire products, spare parts, and goods as per their need, and businesses to only produce as per current or accurately forecasted demand. For businesses, this translates to reduced waste, higher demand, higher customer satisfaction, and reduced costs.

Faster Supply Chain:

Additive manufacturing majorly reduces the impact of various physical material issues. An additional impact reduced by this form of manufacturing is that of trade issues. The materials used are readily and locally available, reducing the risk of changing policies. Additionally, with the reduced need for assembling various parts, since products can be printed in various geometric shapes, there is need for a singular raw material.

Increased Automation:

Since a single unit can produce a complete part without the need for tooling, reducing dependence on fixtures and production time. Further, there is a reduced need for manual intervention during the manufacturing process, seeing as most of the process is automated. This requires a lower amount of labor, also requiring less-skilled operators.

Product Optimization:

The most prominent issue in mass production, is the inability to make immediate changes to the product or process. For instance, a flaw in a certain manufactured product, would require various major adjustments in the manufacturing process to change. Since additive manufacturing uses one raw material, and can be digitally controlled, change is easier, which in turn makes product optimization easier. Reducing the costs of procuring more raw material, the need to acquire more skilled labor, and the loss of large sums due to a flaw.

Understanding the advantages and business outcomes of additive manufacturing is crucial to propelling the growth of the manufacturing industry. Get more information to gain more in-depth insights from our experts.

The Role of Demand Management Solutions

While additive manufacturing has innumerable advantages, it also has certain challenges that make it difficult for industries and companies to easily grow with the fast propelling industry. While these units conserve time by reducing transport of raw materials, allowing automation, and allowing faster testing cycles, their limitation is that they print one layer at a time. Similarly, other challenges such as the lack of expertise in this field, the large initial investment and maintenance costs, and the lack of digital infrastructure required in many cases.

However, these are challenges that can be efficiently dealt with as the system begins to grow. More importantly, companies now faced with high demand, and issues with delivering accordingly. The future of additive manufacturing is highly dependent on its interaction with demand management solutions in the coming years of forecasted growth. Infiniti Research’s demand management experts are equipped to approach and tackle this exact challenge. By efficiently forecasting demand, preparing for market trends, and estimating consumers’ demands, the demand management process can significantly reduce risks and increase supply chain agility.

The demand management process is crucial to the efficient growth of additive manufacturing. Request a free proposal to learn how Infiniti’s demand management solutions experts help additive manufacturers grow strategically.

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Curated Insights on the Manufacturing Industry from Infiniti’s Industry Experts

The past decade has been tumultuous for the global manufacturing sector. Large developing economies made their way into the first tier of manufacturing nations, a severe recession choked off demand, and there was a steep fall in the manufacturing employment in advanced economies. Despite this, manufacturing remains critically important to both the developing and the advanced world. The changing nature of the manufacturing sector means that old responses are no longer sufficient to sustain. While manufacturing remains crucial to support economic stability in both developing and advanced economies, business leaders and policy makers must keep track of the pulse of the sector to identify opportunities and challenges coming their way. We have curated some articles from Infiniti’s thought leaders about how the manufacturing environment is changing and what business leaders must do to adapt.

Key forces that will drive growth in the future of manufacturing in Europe

Europe’s manufacturing industry will play a significant role in building a sustained and competitive economy. The manufacturing sector currently accounts for nearly 15% of Europe’s GDP and will play a significant role in their long-term economic development. According to industry experts at Infiniti, factors including nearshoring in eastern Europe, carbon neutral manufacturing processes, and the rise of industry 4.0 will play a pivotal role in driving the future of manufacturing. Read the article for more insights.

A guide to effectively tackle your manufacturing overhead costs

The current scenario in the US manufacturing sector is much different from what it has been for over the past two decades. As output growth in the US manufacturing industry has been largely concentrated on a few industries such as electronics, pharmaceuticals, and aerospace, there has been a considerable fall in labor share of US GDP. The US manufacturing industry must now focus on positioning themselves to leverage existing opportunities and prepare to compete in the future rather than making attempts to recreate the past or maintain status quo. Gain expert opinion on how companies in the US manufacturing industry can tackle their excessive overhead costs on this blog.

Top manufacturing industry trends

Manufacturing companies around the globe are increasingly exploring radically new ways of creating and capturing value. Furthermore, with the changing demand of consumers, manufacturing will no longer be limited to producing physical products alone, it will largely revolve around personalization and customization. The new age industrial revolution also termed as industry 4.0 is powered by innovative technologies such as smart manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT). These technologies are expected to be major driving forces in the future of manufacturing. In this blog, industry experts at Infiniti provide comprehensive insights on the top manufacturing industry trends that you must watch out for.

FAQs on smart manufacturing

Smart manufacturing is one of the most trending topics among manufacturing experts right now. Smart manufacturing is a powerful force with the potential to restructure the existing competitive landscape and produce a new set of market leaders. In this blog, experts at Infiniti answer four key questions relating to smart manufacturing and how it is transforming the manufacturing landscape as we know it.

Cost Reduction Strategies in Manufacturing: A Guide to Effectively Tackle Your Manufacturing Overhead costs

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If the production method is inefficient businesses are less likely to profit from it, irrespective of how impressive their products are. Rather than increasing the price of the product in such situations, it is advisable for manufacturing companies to lower the production costs and the manufacturing overhead costs.

What are manufacturing overhead costs?

Manufacturing overhead is concerned with a company’s manufacturing operations and includes the costs incurred in the manufacturing facilities other than the costs of direct materials and direct labor. Manufacturing overhead costs include all the indirect costs incurred during the production process. Our most successful clients focus on ways to improve costs, profits, and flexibility by reducing manufacturing costs. Manufacturing cost reduction efforts can result in significant product cost savings, manufacturing cost-saving, and life cycle cost saving especially when companies implement the right strategies for the reduction of manufacturing overhead costs.

It is vital for manufacturers to reduce their manufacturing overhead costs without having to compromise on the quality and quantity of the products. Not sure how to achieve this? Request a free proposal from our industry experts to find out.

Cost reduction strategies in manufacturing

Cut down material costs

One of the simplest ways to reduce manufacturing overhead costs in by cutting down the material costs. This can be achieved by tweaking product designs and effectively utilizing all the resources available at hand. It is always beneficial to opt for simpler designs and cost-saving raw materials. The leftover materials including cardboard, metal, and paper can be sent for recycling.

Optimize employee performance

Employees in manufacturing companies must be trained to keep pace with the changing consumer expectations. Training and development activities must be carried out to enhance the skills and productivity of employees in manufacturing facilities. Qualified and skilled employees can help businesses minimize their manufacturing overhead costs that occur due to production inefficiencies.

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Negotiate with suppliers

 Another way of significantly reducing the manufacturing overhead costs is to negotiate with the suppliers to reduce prices. To gain a reasonable price reduction from the suppliers, manufacturers can try offering larger deposits and ensuring that all the bills are settled on time.

Control inventory storage and purchases

The longer stocks are held, the more is the warehousing costs incurred by manufacturers. To avoid this and reduce the resulting manufacturing overhead costs, manufacturers must have a fair idea of when to resupply so that they do not get stuck with excess or obsolete inventory. Furthermore, adequate care must also be given to avoid inventory shortages. Inventory shortages lead to backorders which require manufacturers to add extra shipping costs and even worse, they can lead to unsatisfied consumers.

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Strategies to Enhance Market Share in Asia for Industrial and Manufacturing Firms: In Conversation with an Infiniti Research Thought Leader

Ajay Biswari, AVP – Custom Research (Market and Competitive Intelligence) at Infiniti Research has over 10 years of experience in delivering solutions for global giants in the industrial and heavy equipment sector. His core expertise includes market entry, market expansion, merger and acquisition identification, and customer needs assessment.

Industrial and manufacturing firms often face dilemma in understanding market dynamics and developing an effective market entry or market expansion strategy. Also, the rising competitive pressure, increasing need for differentiation in the market, and need to comply with the stringent regulatory environment have adversely impacted companies in the industrial and manufacturing industry. Consequently, industrial and manufacturing firms are under the pressure to expand their base of operations to developed markets. This necessitates stakeholders to develop an effective market expansion strategy, understand the competitor landscape, and gain a comprehensive view of the current market scenario.

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Do industrial and manufacturing companies need to expand their business to new markets?

Amal: Absolutely! Today, several market dynamics affect the business operations of companies operating in the industrial and manufacturing industry. The rising market uncertainties such as increasing competitive pressure, uncertain political scenarios, and rising operational costs are some of the major factors impacting the business operations of companies in the industrial and manufacturing sector. Let me explain in detail impacts of these challenges on companies in the manufacturing industry. The growing competitive pressure often leads to price wars between companies and negatively impacts a manufacturing company’s bottom line. Furthermore, increasing political instability in the recent times including events such as BREXIT and NASTA are even making it more difficult for companies in the industrial and manufacturing industry to sustain a leading edge in the market. To remain ahead in the market and expand market share, it is vital for industrial and manufacturing firms to expand their base of operations to new markets.

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Can you shed some light on the strategies that must be adopted by manufacturing firms to survive in today’s competitive market scenario?

Amal: Let me list out three major strategies, which according to me help companies stay ahead of the game. Some companies use technologies to overcome challenges. For instance, recently a major tool manufacturing company achieved 24% productivity improvement and 10% workforce efficiency improvement by investing in new technologies such as IoT and AI.

Also, companies are investing in new product innovations. Introduction of new products in the market can help companies to stay competitive. But, I would highly recommend manufacturing companies to employ a market expansion strategy, as this is sure to provide an above-average growth rate and can save millions of dollars in savings.

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But, why do you think entering the Asian market can be an ideal growth strategy for manufacturing firms?

Amal: Well, recent studies show that over forty per cent of global economic activity is now occurring in Asia, and world growth is expected to continue being led by Asia over the next decade. Also, India and China are two of the major economies which are growing at the fastest rate globally and provide vast opportunities for manufacturing companies. And even these countries heavily depend on exports as one of the revenue streams. So, new manufacturing companies can easily set up manufacturing bases relatively with a low cost of labor and raw materials. So, I think choosing the Asian market can be an ideal growth strategy for companies in the manufacturing industry.

Can you provide more insights on why Asia is a promising market for industrial and manufacturing companies?

Amal: Definitely! To start off with, Asia offers an attractive manufacturing environment that is favourable for manufacturing companies. Also, if we look at the share of global manufacturing output, it has almost doubled in the last decade. Moreover, the low operating cost and diverse demography are some of the other attractive factors in the Asian Market.

I would also like to add another significant geographical advantage within the Asian market in terms of access to market. With companies in the Asian manufacturing industry already competing with each other to be on top of the manufacturing pyramid, this market is trying to garner interest among global firms by offering smooth entry into their market. Also, considering the production cost, Asia offers lower operational costs compared to other developed countries.

What are the major market expansion approaches that some of the top manufacturing companies in the world adopt to stay ahead of the game?

In my view, most manufacturing companies look at setting their individual manufacturing bases or enhance their sales through various approaches. For setting their own manufacturing bases, companies generally leverage greenfield and brownfield expansion approaches. Let me explain these approaches in detail. Generally, greenfield expansion approaches involve huge investment in terms of resources, time, and capability. Although this approach provides complete control over the manufacturing and supply chain processes, this involves huge risks and takes a longer period for results to be shown. However, the brownfield expansion approach provides a kick-start immediately. Also, the brownfield expansion approach requires relatively lower capital investment compared to greenfield approach.

In the case of sales expansion strategies, manufacturing companies mostly look at own sales network or channel partners. Own sales network approach is mostly similar to the greenfield approach, which requires huge capital investment. However, channel partner approach helps companies gain in-depth knowledge about the market through channel partners who are already present in the market.

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Competitive Landscape Analysis

Infiniti’s Competitive Landscape Analysis Accelerates Process Agility and Efficiency for a European Manufacturing Firm

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The European manufacturing industry is witnessing a phase of tremendous disruption due to the increasing need to embrace automation, become more sustainable, and address the skill shortages. To keep up with the industry transformations, major companies in the manufacturing industry are capitalizing on new opportunities, employing risk mitigation strategies, and mitigating challenges along the supply chain. However, before making huge investments into new market opportunities and investing in technologies, it is vital for manufacturing companies to assess the competitive landscape in the market and make changes in their strategies accordingly.

Business Challenges Faced

The client is a manufacturing company based out of Europe. With leading players in the manufacturing industry taking initiatives in confronting uncertainties in the market and meeting the market demands, the client was losing their market share to their competitors. Also, the client’s inability to address the skill shortages and employ risk mitigation strategies further impacted the company’s overall sales rate. Consequently, the company witnessed a dip in their profit margins by 17%. The client, therefore, approached the experts at Infiniti Research to leverage their expertise in offering competitive landscape analysis.

With Infiniti’s competitive landscape analysis, the client wanted to tackle challenges such as:

Supply chain issues

The inability of an efficient inventory management process resulted in a huge mismatch in the supply and demand. As a result, the company failed to meet their customers’ demands, and this subsequently resulted in lower sales. With Infiniti’s competitive landscape analysis, the client wanted to closely analyze their direct and indirect competitors’ inventory management processes and make changes in their plans accordingly to efficiently meet the market demand.

Need for sustainability

The increasing pressure from government and public for greener operations put the company under the pressure to become more sustainable. Therefore, with Infiniti’s competitive landscape analysis, the client wanted to understand the strategies adopted by top industry players to tackle this challenge.

Need to address skill shortages

Although automation and robotics are filling the labor gap in the manufacturing industry, there are still requirements of human capabilities in manufacturing companies. The client, therefore, wanted to overcome the workforce management challenges.

Data protection

With cyberthreats increasing in the manufacturing industry, investment in data security is becoming imperative for manufacturing companies. Hence, with Infiniti’s competitive landscape analysis, the client wanted to analyze the risk mitigation strategies leveraged by their key competitors.

Investing in new technologies

With the advent of technologies such automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud computing, and robotics in the manufacturing industry, major companies have started embracing these technologies and delivering the best quality product at a faster pace. As such, with Infiniti’s competitive landscape analysis, the client wanted to monitor their competitors’ investment in new technologies and processes.

Solutions Offered

To help the client tackle the industry challenges and analyze their direct and indirect competitors, the experts at Infiniti Research employed competitive landscape research.

The initial stage of the competitive landscape analysis engagement involved conducting competitive benchmarking analysis. This phase of the competitive landscape analysis engagement helped the client to gain an independent perspective of how well their company performed compared to their competitors. Also, the client was able to drill down into their performance gaps to identify areas of improvement. The client was also able to identify the sustainable manufacturing practices adopted by their key competitors to minimize negative environmental impact. Furthermore, this phase of the competitive landscape analysis engagement also enabled the client to monitor their competitors’ initiatives in employing new technologies and processes.

As a part of the competitive landscape analysis engagement, the experts also conducted demand management and risk assessment process. This phase of the competitive landscape analysis engagement helped the client to efficiently forecast the demand for their products in advance and minimize supply and demand mismatch. This further helped the client in managing their production process and enhancing efficiency.

Also, the risk assessment process conducted as a part of the competitive landscape analysis engagement helped the client to identify cyber risks in the manufacturing industry and employ cybersecurity initiatives to mitigate them before they impact their business operations. Furthermore, with Infiniti’s competitive landscape analysis, the client was able to estimate the viability of their new products and evaluate the effectiveness of their marketing strategy compared to their competitors.

Results Obtained

The insights obtained from Infiniti’s competitive landscape analysis engagement helped the client to identify gaps in their product and service offerings compared to their competitors. Also, with Infiniti’s competitive landscape analysis engagement, the client was able to keep pace with their competitors’ business strategies and make changes in their business plans when required. Within one year, the client was able to achieve a huge increase in their sales. This subsequently helped the client to enhance process agility and reduce operating cost by 33%.

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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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Top 3 Challenges Facing the Manufacturing Industry and Ways to Tackle Them

Leading players in the manufacturing industry are confronting uncertainties in the face of digitization and new customer expectations. The manufacturing industry is one of the important wealth-generating sectors of the global economy and accounts for a significant share of the global workforce to develop materials needed by organizations across various industries. Moreover, as the drumbeat for innovation and digitization grows louder, companies in the manufacturing industry are facing the need to plan new strategies and invest more in technology to gain a stronger foothold. Consequently, the advent of technology is posing a new set of challenges before the industry, which need to be addressed in order to maintain the growth momentum. In this article, we have discussed some of those challenges and have suggested a few measures to tackle them effectively.

Challenges in the Manufacturing Industry

Challenge #1: Shortage of skilled labor

With the baby boomer generation entering the phase of retirement, the manufacturing industry is facing an acute shortage of labor. Today, employers in the manufacturing industry need employees with a different set of skills. There are certain tasks that have become automated and machine sensors have become more commonplace. This has created the need for manufacturers to collect large amounts of data and is opening up new avenues for employment.

Solution: To tackle this challenge, manufacturers need to plan their strategic workforce smartly. Also, they should focus more on recruiting millennials who have technical skills and ‘know-how’. Additionally, there must be an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to streamline recruitment initiatives.

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Challenge #2: Management of project

In the manufacturing industry, projects are typically cost, time, and quality sensitive and, as a result, tend to be rigid and tightly controlled. Such rigidity and tight control mean less ability to make adjustments or update scope as the project progresses.  Many of these projects need a design commitment, with little flexibility to alter as requirements change or new information pops up.  This becomes quite frustrating for a team that wants to produce the best product but is handcuffed by deadline constraints.

Solution: To deal with such manufacturing industry challenges, the team leader needs to ask for dedicated resources. Also, utilizing the project service automation software that includes universal resource scheduling can help the manufacturers to quicGet More Infokly find resources that are available and adjust the schedule based on the predicted completion date of the project.

Challenge #3: Analyzing the data

With the increasing use of the Internet of Things (IoT), the manufacturing industry is facing difficulties in aggregating and analyzing the data. While many organizations may have smart machines already on their shop floor, they lack the systems to extract and analyze the data being captured by these systems. This forces manufacturers to miss out on quality.  Therefore, manufacturers are facing the dire need to improve their data mining capacities to improve real-time decisions.

Solution: Implementing an IoT solution designed to help maintenance of predictive analytics, as well as remote monitoring, can help companies in the manufacturing industry to analyze their data in real-time. Also, this can help in predicting the time when maintenance of an asset is required.  Consequently, manufacturers can shift from replace or repair maintenance model to a fix and predict model.


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5 Smart Manufacturing Opportunities that Manufacturers Must Grab

Manufacturing is and will continue to be a critical force in both advanced and developing economies. However, the global manufacturing sector has undergone a tumultuous decade. From large developing economies leaping into the first tier of manufacturing nations, a severe recession choking off demand, to manufacturing employment falling at an accelerated rate in advanced economies. The good news here is that the manufacturing industry is all ready to be re-imagined, reinvented, and reborn. Here are five incredibly potent opportunities in manufacturing that manufacturers have to pounce upon if they wish to stay competitive through smarter manufacturing:

Smart manufacturing opportunities in manufacturing

Manufacturing intelligence

Intelligence in the manufacturing industry must be carefully planned, implemented, managed and invested in. This generally requires a completely new view and perspective regarding what is traditionally looked Get More Infoat as strictly a mechanical or procedural challenge. This includes advanced data collection from sensors and actuators, immediate knowledge of inventory, assets, production condition; and increased process, productivity, and cost granularity.

Predictive analytics

Manufacturing intelligence must be used by companies in the manufacturing industry in such a way that it will predict the future so that decisions and actions are taken before problems emerge, before the occurrence of risk, and before opportunities are wasted. This includes enabling predictive technologies, embedded analytics, and rapid response capabilities.

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Quality management

Quality management is the way ahead for how players in the manufacturing industry can achieve nearly zero waste, zero incidents, and zero emissions. The new improvements in quality will develop from factors including information visibility, connectivity, and analytics.

Manufacturing network monitoring

The ability to see and act on your entire network enables companies in the manufacturing industry to predict problems, quickly deploy corrective actions (such as repairs), and keep the entire network humming. This results in improved operational decisions; enhanced remote visibility; and the lowest cost of production possible.

Visibility and visualization

Unless information helps businesses to understand and act, it becomes practically meaningless. It is necessary to have a holistic, dynamic view of the company’s operations in real-time, and visualize people, systems, assets, and inventories as they make their way through a complex supply chain. Manufacturers can see multiple factories in a single view, utilize advanced manufacturing dashboards; and optimize their capacity across the entire enterprise using new instrumentation, networks, and control rooms.


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