Engineering Trends And The Manufacturing Industry
4 Engineering Trends Disrupting The Manufacturing Industry
Engineers are always finding new ways to streamline design processes, getting products to market sooner. With the help of new technologies and engineering trends, these new technologies are not just helping to get products to manufacturing quicker, they’re also speeding up the process of manufacturing itself, getting it to the consumer in a timelier fashion. Consumer usage is how products can be truly monitored, analyzed, and improved on by an engineering team. So, let’s take a look at a few of these engineering trends and how they are affecting the manufacturing industry.
Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT)
The term Industry 4.0 has been referred to as the promise of a new industrial revolution. It combines advanced manufacturing techniques with the Internet of Things (IoT), creating manufacturing systems that are interconnected, can collect data, communicate that data, analyze it, and use that information to drive further intelligent action back at the design and engineering phase.
A Digital Twin is a virtual representation of a physical “real world” factory, plant, product, or component in real time, generated with the use of sensors, cameras, and other data collection techniques. It’s basically a live model that can be used to drive and simulate business outcomes, which can then be implemented in various ways within the engineering and manufacturing processes. What makes Digital Twins so valuable, is that they can provide value to businesses throughout the product manufacturing lifecycle, from design to use.
Simulation and Topology Optimization
Specialized engineering software and process simulation software are more advanced than ever and can help to optimize designs and eliminate costly failures before they ever make it to the manufacturing floor. Simulation and topology software can simulate parts and assemblies, provide analysis, assess tolerances, as well as identify the best distribution of material given an optimization goal and a set of constraints. In today’s market, the cost of developing a product without first testing its design in a virtual environment is high. Without simulation and topology optimization, product development suffers from a longer design process, as well as longer production times.
Augmented Reality (AR)
Conception, prototyping, and design iterations are traditionally very time-consuming processes. Sometimes, several revisions and back-and-forth communications between engineering and manufacturing are required. That’s where AR comes in. AR can help to eliminate some of the back-and-forths by augmenting and enhancing tasks at hand, streamlining the collaboration and communication process between engineering and manufacturing. AR can even help manufacturers during the assembly process by overlaying images onto real-world environments so that users can see renderings of bolts, cables, part numbers, instructions on how to assemble a specific component, etc.
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