As manufacturing continues to improve, technology is playing a large role, according to Manufacturing Engineering Media. There is no shortage of new technologies for the manufacturing sector, such as automated data collection, 3-D barcode scanning software and many other advanced offerings.
New technology is also allowing for manufacturing to stay in or return to the U.S., as it is helping to lower costs. The website reports the latest jobs figures show the manufacturing sector has added 622,000 jobs since 2010. Additionally, reduced energy costs are improving manufacturing in America, but developing a skilled workforce will remain integral to the future growth and success of the industry.
Data Collection Can Improve the Workforce
Automated data collection is not only one of the technologies that is improving manufacturing, but it can also aid in developing more productive and efficient employees. With automated data collection, employees spend less time logging data and can focus on honing the other talents associated with their job. To fill the gap in skilled workers, more time can be devoted to training and advancing employees in the company.
Errors are also greatly reduced and data is more easily shared between different departments in the enterprise. Giving more people the chance to quickly access and analyze the data means that a company can more accurately adapt to changes in demand, supplies and funding. For many organizations, the cost to implement or upgrade technology on the manufacturing floor is low compared to the quick return on investment. The earlier in a period of growth that companies utilize systems such as automated data collection, the easier it will be to keep up with a rapidly expanding industry.