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IoT, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing… The Game is Changing

artificial intelligence in manufacturing

By Molly Connell, Online Marketing, TradeMachines

According to one of Maurice Conti's TED presentations, we arrived to a new, augmented age, in which Artificial Intelligence gains a new role. The future holds a generated era in which artificial intelligence comes up with its own designs, its own ideas, its own products instead of all our tools being passive, us telling them what to do and them doing it.

From now on, tasks will be executed by robots, AI and humans cooperating, robots providing perfect execution, AI the design and humans making the necessary decisions. But in order to get to this point it is crucial to build a “nervous system” for robots through sensors. Industry 4.0 has introduced the concept of data exchange withing manufacturing, opening countless business opportunities, some that were previously unimaginable. By implementing sensors experts will be able to make use of data of all type which were not at hand before, making products become even services as well.

Accenture Technology’s case study “Driving unconventional growth through the IIoT” presents businesses which adapted these new technologies offered by the 4th industrial revolution, taking advantage of its advantages. Let’s take a look at Michelin first: they assist truck fleet managers reduce fuel consumption and costs with their new hybrid product. Their latest tries provided with sensors collect data on fuel consumption, tire pressure, temperature, speed and location. The valuable information is then transmitted to a cloud service of a Michelin solutions partner. After analyzing the data they provide advice on how one can improve efficiency. This opened a new market segment for the company with new opportunities. Apple’s HealthKit is also worth mentioning because it enables health and fitness applications to work together, bringing the company into a healthcare data ecosystem.

Accenture Technology’s case study “Driving unconventional growth through the IIoT” presents businesses which adapted these new technologies offered by the 4th industrial revolution, taking advantage of its advantages.

Let’s take a look at Michelin first: they assist truck fleet managers reduce fuel consumption and costs with their new hybrid product. Their latest tries provided with sensors collect data on fuel consumption, tire pressure, temperature, speed and location. The valuable information is then transmitted to a cloud service of a Michelin solutions partner. After analyzing the data they provide advice on how one can improve efficiency. This opened a new market segment for the company with new opportunities. Apple’s HealthKit is also worth mentioning because it enables health and fitness applications to work together, bringing the company into a healthcare data ecosystem.

While having countless positive effects, the topic of robots and AI is quite controversial. Many experts fear that robots will cause a massive job loss which would result in severe social problems. But it’s not that simple: a country’s implementation of robots has no proven relationship to the percentage of manufacturing jobs lot. Rather they will restructure the labor market, accomplishing poorly-paying tasks and at the same time creating job opportunities which require high qualifications.

We are heading toward a future with a higher adaptability, which is more dynamic and flexible thanks to technical development, AI and robots. It will hold many changes, but the sooner we acknowledge them and adapt to them, the more advantages it can provide us with.

About the Author:

Molly Connell is responsible for Online Marketing at TradeMachines. As a member of the Berlin-based, fast-growing online start-up - the search engine for used machinery - her job is to enhance brand awareness and visibility.

artificial intelligence in manufacturing

By Molly Connell, Online Marketing at TradeMachines.

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