Technology, talent, and innovation transforming manufacturing
Learn how the latest trends in advanced manufacturing technologies, talent, and innovation are transforming manufacturing, and how global manufacturing companies can best tap into this disruptive shift to evolve, grow, and thrive. In this study, global industry leaders share their views on the top manufacturing technologies that—when coupled with talent and innovation—will determine tomorrow’s manufacturing success stories.
The future of manufacturing
Exponential technologies: More important than ever for manufacturers
The future of manufacturing will converge the digital and physical worlds, combining sophisticated hardware with innovative software, sensors, and massive amounts of data and analytics. The anticipated result? Smarter products, more efficient processes, and more closely connected customers, suppliers, and manufacturers as we embark on a truly transformative time.
To better understand the latest trends in manufacturing technology, Deloitte collaborated with the Council on Competitiveness and Singularity University (SU) to create the Exponential Technologies in Manufacturing study, highlighting insights and opportunities for manufacturers to embrace to drive future competitive advantage.
Key findings include:
- Among the exponential technologies that can enable transformational growth in manufacturing, the top technology investment areas for manufacturers include, advanced analytics, modeling and simulation, and Internet of Things (IoT) platforms
- Innovation enabled by exponential technologies can help manufacturers grow faster, be more agile, and unlock new forms of value
- Talent continues to be a key competitive differentiator
- Business and government research activities, along with venture capital investments contribute to innovation ecosystems
Exponential manufacturing technologies: A deep dive
Manufacturing companies are beginning to realize the transformative effects of exponential manufacturing technologies, and they see significant potential across several dimensions. Of the top manufacturing technology trends, three of the most significant are below.
Advanced analytics involves statistical examination and analysis of data that goes beyond generic data intelligence gathering to unearth deep, actionable insights and make autonomous or semi-autonomous predictions.
Future applications: Making automated recommendations enabling self-learning supply chains with minimal human intervention.
Digital design, simulation, and integration is the conceptualization and digital construction of a virtual prototype or a process achieved through a computer simulation.
Future applications: Enabling digital integration and access to digital data across the manufacturing lifecycle in the future factory and enabling greater supply chain visibility.
Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the unification of advanced software, cost-effective sensors, and network connectivity that allow objects to interact digitally.
Future application: managing material costs, product price, and demand fluctuations by analyzing big data, enabling integrated smart connected assets and operations and, eventually, an autonomous production environment.
- 3D Printing (additive manufacturing technology)
- Advanced materials
- Advanced robotics & cognitive automation
- Artificial intelligence
- Energy storage
- High performance computing/next-gen computing
- Interface of Things
Innovation enabled by advanced manufacturing technologies
Grow faster, increase agility, and unlock new forms of value
The future of manufacturing will likely require companies to innovate in fundamentally new ways. Embracing exponential technologies and innovation alone does not translate to digital-driven success—manufacturers will need to develop a corporate culture that is receptive to change and agility as well as invest in a future workforce that will develop, adopt, and deploy these technologies. The future workforce will likely need to apply a new digital mindset to leverage emerging technologies to their fullest potential.
Talent is the top driver of manufacturing competitiveness
As manufacturers transition to an agile, technology-powered culture in an era defined more and more by exponential possibilities, attracting and retaining skilled talent is more critical than ever before. Global manufacturing CEOs consistently point to talent as the top driver of manufacturing competitiveness. Yet talent remains a critical issue across the globe, and manufacturing is competing with other industries top talent.
However, many opportunities exist to attract and retain the best and brightest in manufacturing, especially with the dawn of Industry 4.0. Building a continuous and virtuous cycle of leveraging exponential technologies and recruiting the best talent can help reshape US manufacturing, fuel innovation ecosystems, and provide advantages that will likely better enable companies to compete in these fast-paced, innovative, and transformative times.
Closing thoughts: Latest trends in manufacturing technology
Harness the power of new, disruptive technologies
Executives agree the pace of change in manufacturing and the broader ecosystem is getting faster and faster. It’s critical, therefore, that manufacturers understand and harness the power of new disruptive technologies and business models to transform into agile and adaptable organizations, and take the exponential leap to achieve exponential results.
In the age of Industry 4.0, the awareness of advanced manufacturing technologies does not translate to transformation. Action does.
The transformation journey is an iterative process that begins by determining strategic vision and needs and can be characterized by three phases:
- Observe and imagine
Understand the nature of disruptive exponential forces and
appreciate the urgency to innovate
- Explore and deliver
Identify discrete and tangible opportunities, including business cases
- Activate and run
Create and implement a roadmap of opportunities to learn, adapt, and grow
Considerations for executives seeking to develop an exponential mindset:
- Know what problems(s) you are trying to solve
Adopt advanced technologies based on existing and will considered business problem and/or imperative coupled with a clear action plan.
- Entrust small teams to innovate at the edge
Make organizational structure flexible; provide teams with the autonomy and means to fail fast, and fail better—until they succeed—while protecting them from corporate rigidity.
- Operate outside traditional walls
Be open to exploring the broader ecosystem to gain or leverage talent capabilities or solutions.
- Raise the national dialogue on system-level competitiveness and innovation enablers
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) foster and provide forums for industry to collaborate, and to dialogue with academia and government about areas critical for manufacturing competitiveness.
Source from Deloitte