Manufacturing in 2022 - Five Emerging Trends in the Industry

Bhagyashri Kambale | October 08, 2021 | 3404 views
The trends in the manufacturing industry for 2022 are expanding and altering the industry's conventional face. The future of manufacturing is going to merge with digitalization and technological applications. As a result, all operation methods, products, and manufacturing outcomes will be modernized with new technology applications.

To brighten the future of manufacturing, manufacturing companies must examine new trends in the industry before developing their manufacturing plans for 2022. Technological advancements are the next game-changer in the manufacturing business.

Adeaca's Vice President of Market Innovation and Project Business Evangelist had recently quoted in an interview with Media7 as,

“As technology takes over and enhances many of the processes we used to handle with manual labor, we are freed up to use our minds creatively, which leads to bigger and better leaps in innovation and productivity.”  – Matt Mong, VP Market Innovation and Project Business Evangelist at Adeaca

The new trends in manufacturing are leveling up every part and element of the industry. In this article, we'll look at a new trend for each industry aspect that's assisting manufacturers in speeding up the production process, increasing ROI, and propelling their manufacturing business to new heights.

Additionally, it will assist you in addressing current industry challenges such as forecasting product demand, addressing skilled manpower shortages, and increasing manufacturing plant efficiency.

Five Manufacturing Industry Trends to Watch in 2022

Emerging trends in manufacturing provide a chance to review your production strategy for products and processes. Check out below the upcoming trends in manufacturing that are getting attention in the industry.

Customer Engagement and Purchase Experience


Creating an exceptional digital customer experience is a new trend in manufacturing. According to industry experts, mapping the customer journey and their interactions with your products is the first step towards establishing a positive connection with your potential consumers.

A few of the most popular strategies to improve the consumer purchasing experience and engagement are as follows:
  • Build a knowledge base for your products on your business website
  • Create a comprehensive FAQs page that addresses all of the buyer's possible queries
  • Create a chatbot to provide immediate help to the buyer with further inquiries
  • Create a brand story and a comprehensive description of your manufacturing business
  • If possible, provide product statistics and success stories, and content about consumer satisfaction with your product
  • Create a product functionality video or explanatory picture material to familiarize the potential customer with your product

These are some of the trends that engage your prospective buyers and increase their purchasing experience through a range of product-related information and educate them about you and your products.

Smart Technology-enabled Products



Smart is the new norm in every industry. The old operations and goods that were once a part of everyone's life have now been replaced by technology. Manufacturing is no exception to this alteration. Due to the increasing demand for smart products among customers, every company is now looking forward to inventing and manufacturing smart products.

Explore and understand how you may incorporate cutting-edge technology (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Edge Computing, and Digital Twins, and more) into your products to help them stay updated with manufacturing trends.

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing (Industry 4.0)


Transforming traditional manufacturing systems and processes into smart, tech-savvy ones is a new trend in manufacturing. The future of manufacturing is expected to witness this digitization in 2022 and beyond. Therefore, you must convert your conventional manufacturing plants into smart ones, i.e., as per the concept of Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution.

Discover how prominent companies are implementing Industry 4.0

The following are some popular transformations that many popular manufacturing factories are adopting to become part of the industry revolution.
  • To achieve a zero-carbon footprint, manufacturers may use analytics systems to determine the amount of trash they create and develop ways to eliminate it. (Implemented by Whirlpool)
  • Utilize an analytics platform to decipher usage data for energy, water, and other utilities. (Implemented by Whirlpool)
  • Utilize technology such as Siemens' Mindsphere, which enables online analysis of several aspects of a production plant and helps manufacturers create digital models using real-time data. (Implemented by Siemens)
  • Utilize a combination of IoT and cloud-based technologies to avoid downtime and gather analytics data. (Implemented by Hirotec – a Japan based manufacturing company)
  • Machine learning technology can be used to foretell and avoid system failures in your manufacturing plant. (Implemented by Hirotec – a Japan based manufacturing company)
  • Utilize robotics and to accelerate manufacturing across many verticals. (Implemented by Ford)

Utilize 3D printing to improve the precision of product design and to avert product defects during the early production stage. (Implemented by Aerospace: Airbus) These are some examples that other well-known manufacturing companies in the market, such as Hewlett-Packard, Ford, Whirlpool, and Siemens are currently using. So, consult an expert and determine how to leverage emerging technology to turn your production plant into a smart manufacturing unit.

Internet of Things (IoT) to Boost Revenue


Manufacturing companies have begun to leverage the Internet of Things to establish connectivity between machines and operational procedures throughout manufacturing. This linkage between machine and operation significantly decreases the human supervision required for each step and completely automates them.

Manufacturers intend to incorporate these IoT trends in manufacturing into both their products and operational processes. IoT further enables manufacturers to operate and monitor their work remotely. As a result, they can concentrate on developing new strategies and preparing for future ventures.

Shifting Focus from B2B to B2C Model


Several manufacturers skip intermediaries and connect directly with their consumers to sell efficiently to their target consumer group. This purposeful approach has multiple benefits, which are outlined below.
  • Manufacturers may skip the lengthy retail sales cycle and achieve a shorter time to market
  • The absence of a third party between the manufacturer and the customer reduces the risk of brand misinterpretation or dilution
  • Direct interaction with customers enables manufacturers to obtain more accurate consumer data, product feedback, and requirements for new product development
  • Manufacturers can control the price of their products due to the absence of a third party between them and the target consumer group

These benefits of the B2C model attract manufacturers and encourage them to develop added production techniques with these benefits in mind.

Final Words

Technology, innovation, and digitization are the future of manufacturing. The IoT trends in manufacturing are essential for industrial production and will allow the manufacturing industry to obtain a new competitive edge. Hence, manufacturers must keep in mind this industry revolution (industry 4.0 and 5.0) while developing strategies for their manufacturing operations in 2022.

FAQs

What are the benefits of adopting the Internet of Things in manufacturing?

IoT devices can monitor industrial operations, manufacturing cycles, and other warehouse data management processes automatically. This benefit decreases the amount of time spent monitoring individual operations and increases production speed.

What role will smart manufacturing play in the future?

According to a grand view research analysis, the smart manufacturing market was worth USD 236.12 billion in 2020 and is expected to extend at a 12.4 percent compound annual growth rate to reach USD 589.98 billion by 2028.

What are the critical components of the smart factory of the future?

Robotics, the Internet of Things, big data, and cloud-based administration will be critical components of the future smart factory.

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