Today, we see three main drivers for smart manufacturing: a renewal in perspective that places the factory at the center of business initiatives, the fact that data are going to be everywhere in the production process, and lastly, the understanding that people and machines will have to work together and not in opposition. These trends are opening a window of opportunity for companies willing to differentiate though superior factory processes.
Key themes in our worldwide smart manufacturing top 10 predictions for 2019 include the need to manage “data hungry” factories, the role of testbeds, cloud platforms, IT/OT integration, demand-driven processes, product/production digital platforms, digitally connected robots, machine providers becoming IT vendors, the emergence of blockchain and open standards, and the augmented worker.
Our worldwide smart manufacturing 2019 predictions are:
- Prediction 1: By 2020, to increase speed, agility, efficiency, and innovation, 80% of manufacturers will need to extensively restructure, placing data at the center of their processes.
- Prediction 2: By 2023, the need for complex integration and collaboration in smart manufacturing will have driven more than 50% of manufacturers worldwide to actively participate in testbeds.
- Prediction 3: Driven by the need to turn more data into value, 40% of manufacturers will have employed a cloud platform that crosses traditional IT boundaries and integrates operational technology by 2022.
- Prediction 4: By 2019, over 50% of manufacturers will have begun to incorporate governance models to integrate IT and OT, thus expanding the IT skills of OT users as these two domains continue to converge.
- Prediction 5: In 2019, demand fluctuations and mass customization needs will drive 35% of manufacturers to consider augmenting factory capabilities using customer, connected-product, and social media data.
- Prediction 6: To deliver complex products through networked processes, by 2022, 75% of G2000 manufacturers will have established digital platforms to unify product and manufacturing process data.
- Prediction 7: By 2021, 20% of G2000 manufacturers will have digitally connected at least 30% of their robots to a cloud platform to improve operational efficiency and agility.
- Prediction 8: By 2021, machinery OEMs will have become key suppliers of IT applications for the shop floor for 50% of manufacturers, giving these OEMs a clear competitive advantage.
- Prediction 9: By 2020, 30% of manufacturers will have increased investments in blockchain and open standards by 50% to improve machine-to-machine (M2M) transactions and processes, such as traceability, maintenance, and customer orders.
- Prediction 10: By 2021, 60% of manufacturers will have empowered shop-floor workers with augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), intelligent apps, and co-bots, thus achieving productivity gains of up to 7% and more attractive work environments.
Learn more about the 2019 Smart Manufacturing Predictions
For context around these predictions, including the IT impact and guidance on how to integrate each prediction in the digital strategy of the enterprise, view the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Smart Manufacturing 2019 Predictions web conference on-demand.