Over the last 20 years, the world’s biggest technological advancements have not only helped shape our cultural landscape, but rapidly changed the way business and the manufacturing process are conducted. Businesses can now perform more efficiently, and cost effectively, than ever before. The use of technology has leas to lower production costs and therefore more affordable products on the whole too.
Where once the manufacturing process was undertaken by hand (‘manu’ literally translates to mean ‘using hands’) today robot-like technology performs many of the manufacturing tasks completed in every sector. Work has become hugely automated, and although machinery cannot make creative decisions, there is much that can be done by technology that increases productivity tenfold.
The first manufacturing processes effected by technology happed in Europe’s Industrial Revolution, where the cotton gin was used to increase yield and machines were used in mills to make clothe from the cotton.
Today the biggest technological advances can be seen in those industries that work with heavy goods; robot like machines can now improve the assembly lines and produce products more efficiently and at a much greater speed. Manufacturing and business output today isn’t limited to the factory floor however, it should be thought of as an ‘activity’ rather than a sector and this activity differs widely across every industry.
Office work has become more efficient too, the increased use of computers have made businesses more profitable than ever before with faster communication and the ability to get administrative tasks done in half the time.
In retail, machinery has allowed for mass production on a huge scaled. It means manufacturing costs can be kept low and retailers can buy phones, MP3 players and DVD players at unimaginably low prices. This means greater profit for them at the consumer end.
Businesses are now using technology to streamline the pre-manufacturing stages too; computer can aid design and 3d printing has revolutionised the way companies can produce prototypes. 3D printing is also extremely advantageous for the medical industry, where blood vessels and bone structure can now even be replicated through the help of this technology.
It seems there is no industry’s manufacturing process that hasn’t been effected by technological improvements. The automotive and aerospace industries have all increased output tremendously since the creation of tube end forming and metal pressing machinery. Without the computer tech we have today, it is likely that engineering would have completely stagnated, with few new developments.
The really is no question that manufacturing has been enhanced in many ways thanks to the latest technology, but just how things have been improved is ever changing. New technologies are arising on a regular basis, companies now need to adapt on a much more frequent basis – buying into the latest software and machinery which will help them to become the most efficient in their field. Of course it becomes a productive circle too, as manufacturing advances so can the production of the latest technologies! It is for this reason that the modern world is developing at such a staggering rate.
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