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Posted on : Tuesday 10th March 2020 07:24 AM

Six Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

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There is no shortage of manufacturing problems in our modern society, from supply shortages to distribution problems and an ever-fluctuating economy. With all of these problems, it can seem like a miracle that we’re ever able to get things done in a landscape in which everything is against us.


The good thing is that a problem shared is a problem halved, and so as long as you know what to look out for, you can take steps to avoid it – or at least to meet the problem head on with a solution.


And so with that in mind, we’ve created this list of the six major challenges that modern manufacturing companies must overcome if they’re to be successful in business. Let’s get started.


No. 1 - The Chinese Invasion


The biggest developments in the manufacturing industry in recent years is the Chinese invasion. In 2011, the country broke a 100-year run for the United States in order to become the world’s largest manufacturing nation. As the country continues to progress, it won’t be long until the Chinese stranglehold is impossible to shake off. The great thing is that for this challenge manufacturing companies can get ahead of the curve by outsourcing some of their manufacturing to China.


No. 2 - 3D Printing


3D printing could be both a hassle and a solution for the manufacturing industry. It allows for more rapid prototyping and also for customization between products. For example, if your company manufactured prosthetics, 3D printing would allow you to customize each prosthetic based upon a scan of the patient’s limbs. Traditional manufacturers might struggle to keep up – or they could integrate 3D printing into their own workflow and turn it into an advantage.


No. 3 - Artificial Intelligence


Global spending on AI is set to grow to $7.3 billion per year by 2022, and the technology will influence every industry on the planet. The manufacturing industry will only be the beginning. The great news is that while it can be difficult to initially wrap your head around it, the technology could help to drive huge efficiencies, ultimately helping you to save money and boost profits.


No. 4 - Cybersecurity


Cybersecurity is something that we’ll all ought to get used to thinking about as more and more devices are hooked up to the internet. For manufacturers, the production line is significantly being automated via the internet of things, but while this does have its advantages, it has also its drawbacks. Manufacturers might even become targets in the event of a cyber war, especially if they’re producing vital components for infrastructure or for the military.


No. 5 - Labor Shortage


According to Deloitte, close to 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfulfilled over the next decade. Automation may help to fill some of the shortfalls, but manufacturing companies are still likely to face stiff competition when it involves hiring top talent. The only real way to overcome this is to guarantee that your company is seen as one of the best employers in the industry.


No. 6 - Scalability


One final challenge will be for companies to scale up and down as required. To work on this, they’ll need to make certain that their infrastructure is as flexible as possible, and it’s also worth considering tapping into the gig economy and using temporary workers if it’s going to help you to scale up and down to meet demand on the production line. Flexibility is – and will continue to be–key.


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