Manufacturing Technology: The Effects Of Advancements

Posted on Jun 18 2016 - 9:00am by admin

Technology has brought with it advancements in all sectors, from the medical industry to the IT industry. New technology has changed the world in so many ways. From taking over worker’s jobs to improving manufacturing processes, the changes have been significant. For the manufacturing industry, advances have completely changed the way that products are created. And in doing so, have made a big impact on the production industry as a whole. The question is, what are the best advancements when it comes to manufacturing and what are the effects? Keep reading as we’re about to explore this.

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What are the best advancements?

The best advancements for the manufacturing industry have been CNC and automation. This is because these are the two things that have had the biggest impact. We’ll talk more about the effects of these technologies later on, but first, let’s explore each of them.

CNC – computer numerical control, is a process that allows computers to control tools. These CNC machine tools include things like mills, routers, grinders, and lathes. When being controlled by a computer, these tools become much more efficient and are able to produce higher amounts of products. This is because a computer is controlling them, there’s no human error to consider.

Thanks to advancements in tech, many manufacturing companies are now automated. Using various systems, including CNC, various companies have automated their factories. This means that there is no need for workers, as most of the work is done by technology.

What have the effects of them been?

There are various effects of advancements in manufacturing technology. The most significant of which is less jobs, as more and more companies are opting to automate their tasks. Of course, that’s not all that’s come with these advancements.

Thanks to computers being used for the majority of production processes, more products can be made in shorter time frames. This means that running costs are much cheaper, and the cost of each product is not as high. This increased income for the manufacturer and makes keeping on top of high demand for products easier. Each year, production processes speed up due to newer CNC technology.

Because computers are responsible for how products are created, there’s a lower risk of problems with them. This means that there are less faulty products as the computer is programmed to create an exact copy of the design it’s been programmed to make. This means lower costs and overall faster production times. Whereas before, human error accounted for various problem products.

As you can see, the advances in manufacturing technology have had a big impact on the industry. Jobs that 20 years ago were done by workers can now be done by computers. Production is faster, cheaper and more exact, as there’s no human error to consider. This might have meant less jobs, but the upside is that products can be produced more cheaply, making them more affordable for consumers. This, in turn, has lead to an increase in sales, giving struggling industries a much-needed boost.