Who imagined that the technology we see only in Sci-Fi movies would become a reality of the manufacturing industries?
Industry 4.0 has led manufacturers to embrace technologies and digitalization for a much better, faster, and efficient manufacturing process. The products we use in our daily lives are manufactured in high-tech smart factories! As manufacturers invest in smart factories, a disruptive technology — Artificial Intelligence (AI) — has caught every manufacturer’s attention.
AI is seeing an incredible adoption rate among all the major manufacturing industries due to the following trends:
1. Cobot Integration
The Human-Robot Collaboration(HRC) is typically known as COBOT. Manufacturers investing in AI integrated COBOTS have seen exceptional improvement in the overall efficiency of the manufacturing process. For instance, the Automotive manufacturing process involves a lot of heavy and hazardous equipment; when labourers are employed to engage with such equipment, the risk of their safety is inevitable; this also may impact the efficiency of the manufacturing process. AI-backed COBOTS Integration makes for an excellent choice; as COBOTS take over the complex and potentially hazardous manufacturing processes, human safety is assured and manufacturing efficiency improves drastically.
2. Generative Design
Innovation is integral to achieve competitive advantage. Customers look for products with novelty and unique features in addition to quality. However, the design engineers need not spend days brainstorming innovative ideas anymore; AI’s Generative Design capability requires the design engineer to only give relevant inputs such as the desired height, weight, dimension, material, a key feature, etc. for the product and he will have a plethora of innovative designs at his disposal. AI’s Generative Design has certainly made product innovation much easier and seamless.
3. Predictive Maintenance
This is one of the most crucial features of Artificial Intelligence. Most manufacturers incur heavy operational costs due to minor glitches in the manufacturing process. Predictive Maintenance is an intelligence forecast of what could go wrong in a production line and enables the manufacturer to take corrective measures before the entire manufacturing process is disturbed. Predictive Maintenance helps in cost reduction and is conducive to a highly efficient manufacturing process.
4. AI-backed Vision System
Manufacturers have realized that defect detection by Machine Vision that uses a golden template to capture defects is not yielding desired results. AI Vision System is gaining immense popularity among the manufacturers of all the major industries. AI Vision easily captures microscopic defects on the surface and presents the manufacturer with meaningful findings. The accuracy and precision of AI Vision Systems for defect detection is significantly high as compared to traditional Machine vision. AI Vision Systems certainly plays a crucial role in quality assurance.
Artificial Intelligence is groundbreaking technology. If used in the right way, it will bring multiple benefits to the manufacturers.
The manufacturing industry will witness an incredible revolution by adopting AI.
AI is here to stay; here to disrupt!