Every day, manufacturers face a multitude of challenges while striving for profitable growth, operational sustainability, and workforce management. In this ever-evolving landscape, how can industry players leverage global trends to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals? The 8th Annual State of Smart Manufacturing Report sheds light on these common struggles and highlights the crucial role of technology in mitigating risks, uncovering new opportunities, and maintaining competitiveness. Let’s dive into the key findings and implications of this comprehensive research.
The Current State of Technology in Global Manufacturing
Drawing insights from a survey of over a thousand manufacturers, the report offers a comprehensive snapshot of the technological landscape in the industry. Astonishingly, almost twice as many respondents as the previous year revealed that they lack the necessary technology to outpace the competition. However, a promising 97% of participants reported either using or planning to use smart manufacturing technology in the next 1-2 years. This demonstrates a strong recognition of the transformative potential of technology in driving growth and efficiency.
Addressing Workforce Challenges through Technology
Manufacturers are increasingly turning to technology as a solution to workforce-related hurdles. More than two-thirds of respondents expressed their belief that technology can be highly helpful, if not extremely helpful, in tackling workforce challenges. This signifies a paradigm shift in the industry, with technology seen as an enabler of productivity, skill development, and employee satisfaction.
The Rise of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Another noteworthy trend revealed in the report is the significant increase in the adoption of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. Over 50% more manufacturers reported using ML/AI compared to the previous year. This demonstrates the growing recognition of these advanced technologies’ ability to enhance decision-making, optimize processes, and drive innovation in manufacturing.
The Scope and Methodology of the Research
Conducted by Rockwell Automation in collaboration with Sapio Research, the 8th Annual State of Smart Manufacturing Report boasts the largest and most diverse sample size to date. With quadruple the number of respondents from 13 top manufacturing countries, this research captures a truly global perspective on the industry’s current state and future direction.
Unlocking the Full Report: To gain deeper insights, benchmark your technology usage, and uncover best practices, downloading the complete State of Smart Manufacturing Report is essential. By accessing the report, you will also receive a valuable 10-step checklist for technology adoption success, providing a practical roadmap for leveraging technology in your manufacturing operations.
The State of Smart Manufacturing Report 2023 showcases the pressing need for technology in modern manufacturing. It reveals both the challenges faced by manufacturers and the potential for technology to drive growth, address workforce issues, and stay competitive. By embracing the insights and recommendations presented in this report, manufacturers can unlock new opportunities, enhance operational resilience, and navigate the complexities of the industry successfully.
Don’t miss out on the invaluable insights provided in the State of Smart Manufacturing Report. Download your copy today to stay at the forefront of the industry and shape a prosperous future for your manufacturing endeavors.
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