May 16, 2020

Manufacturers must overhaul infrastructure and resources to support maximised product uptime

Continuous Improvement
Manufacturing Safety
Manufacturing Safety
Gill Devine, VP EMEA, Syncron
4 min
downtime
Today’s largest manufacturers are at a pivotal moment in their histories: they must adopt new business processes and resources to succeed or maintain...

Today’s largest manufacturers are at a pivotal moment in their histories: they must adopt new business processes and resources to succeed or maintain the status quo and get left behind.

As a result of consumers’ increasing expectations for subscription-based services, manufacturers across industries are seeing a shift to servitisation – the transition from selling products to selling the output or value that products deliver.

This shift is putting a strain on many manufacturers’ often sub-optimised after-sales service organisations. For decades, manufacturers have been focused on repair execution – repairing a product after it has already broken down. Today’s customers, however, want products that work all the time. This is driving manufacturers to shift their focus from repair execution to dynamic repair prevention – or maximising product uptime.

Maximising product uptime is critical to the success of nearly all end users of long-lasting, durable goods. If an asset is down, customers simply won’t pay to use it. The business model transformation race is on, and it’s running at a rapid pace. And ultimately, the manufacturers that most effectively evolve their businesses to maximise product uptime will end up on top.

Recently, Syncron partnered with Worldwide Business Research (WBR) to determine how prepared manufacturers are to meet these rising customer expectations. We discovered that many manufacturers do not yet have the infrastructure in place but are taking significant steps in investing in the technology of the future to convert to a more uptime-focused business model.

OEMs take control of the technology stack

The only way to maximise product uptime is to invest in the proper technologies that will support this new service model. The Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to reach $267 billion by 2020, and manufacturers must prepare for the impact that potentially game-changing technology will have on their business. However, the research indicates manufacturers’ investment in IoT may be slowing.

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With only 22% of manufacturers responding that IoT will be a major investment in the next 12 months, it could be that the investment has already been made and the focus is more on the optimisation of that data that IoT platforms collect.

Technology leads the way into 2019

Millions of datapoints are now available from sensor-equipped products in the field, and that number will only increase. It is impossible for a human – or even a team of humans – to sift through that data and act on it in a way that positively impacts their business. As a result, manufacturers across industries and verticals are relying on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities to make this data actionable. 

More than half of manufacturers plan to make AI and machine learning a major investment within the next 12 months, with an additional 29% making it a moderate investment. It’s clear that the majority of manufacturers realise they will need to leverage these emerging technologies to make the next generation of service a reality.

At the core of a service model centered on maximised product uptime is pre-emptive maintenance, and the only way to make this possible is to use predictive analytics. With 90% of manufacturers intending to invest in predictive analytics within the next 12 months, it is clear they are on the road to a more efficient business.

Based on the research, it’s clear manufacturers realise they need to make the necessary investments to make maximised product uptime a reality. However, customers were ready for maximised product uptime yesterday.

With 87% of end users indicating that a service agreement that guarantees maximised product uptime would be a competitive advantage for their own business, there is no denying that the customer demand is there, and manufacturers need to make maximised product uptime the rule – as opposed to the exception – now.

To learn more about “Maximised Product Uptime: The Emerging Industry Standard” and see additional research results, visit syncron.com.

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May 11, 2021

Four Factory of the Future Market Trends to Keep an Eye on

AI
Automation
DigitalFactory
SmartManufacturing
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Factory of the Future | Smart Manufacturing | Technology | Digital Factory | Digital Transformation | Innovation
Manufacturing Global looks takes a look at the latest market trends in smart manufacturing, industrial automation, smart factory and AI...

Global Smart Manufacturing Market

Attributed to the rapid growth in the adoption of automated systems in industrial processes, the global smart manufacturing market is predicted to grow from US$$175bn (2020) to US$303bn by 2026 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% between 2019 and 2026.

While COVID-19 has somewhat slowed down the market’s growth, it is expected that by the second to third quarter of 2023 there will be a ‘considerable’ rise in growth for the market. 

Key players in the industry: Schneider Electric, General Electric, Siemens, Honeywell International Inc., Rockwell Automation Inc., FANUC Corporation, and Emerson Electric Co. 

Industrial Automation Market

Making people’s lives easier, and their work more accurate and effective, the global demand for automated technologies such as robotics - especially in science and technology - is driving its increase in global market value.

By 2027, the global industrial automation market is expected to reach US$326.14bn by 2027, with a CAGR of 8.9% between 2020 and 2027.

Key players in the industry: ABB, Siemens, General Electric, Schneider, Endress+Hauser, Yokogawa, Honeywell, WIKA, Azbil, Fuji Electric, 3D Systems, and HP.

Smart Factory Market

Expected to grow from US$80.1bn (2021) to US$134.9bn by 2026, the smart factory market - with a CAGR of 11% between 2021 and 2026 - is experiencing growth driven by fiscal policies adopted to keep manufacturing facilities afloat during COVID-19. 

Other driving factors include resource optimisation, cost reduction in production operations, increased demand for industrial robotics, rising demand for technologies, and the growing significance of energy efficiency. 

Key players in the industry: Emerson Electric Co., General Electric, Rockwell Automation, Inc., Schneider Electric SE, ABB Ltd., Siemens AG, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Honeywell International Inc., Endress+Hauser AG, and Yokogawa Electric Corp.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Manufacturing Market

“It is undeniable that the manufacturing industry is at the forefront of artificial intelligence implementation,” says Analytics Insights. “Manufacturers are using AI-powered analytics to increase performance, product quality, and employee protection, from substantial reductions in unplanned downtime to better crafted goods.”

As manufacturers look to realise the potential benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in their processes, it is predicted that the AI in manufacturing market will grow to US$11bn by 2025 with a CAGR of 54.6%.

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