Zebra Technologies Corporation, market leader in mobile computers, scanners, and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility solutions, has revealed the results of its 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study. The study reveals results research into trends shaping industrial manufacturing, and this year, the stand-out trends are the adoption of IIoT and wearables. Half of manufacturers will adopt wearable tech by 2022, but half also say that the complexity of this technology is a barrier to achieving a fully-connected factory.
“The shift from pen and paper to fully-connected factories could make the manufacturing industry in the UK unrecognisable in just five years’ time,” said Ralf Schulze, EMEA Lead for Manufacturing at Zebra, said. “Based on the results of our Manufacturing Vision Study we can expect to see wearable display technology to become mainstream by 2022 given the significant uplift in investment expected in this and other technology areas.
“I also predict we will see more capable robotics working alongside humans on plant floors in the future, and more ‘always on’ sensors will provide visibility throughout operations. Building a connected plant floor has become a necessity to ensuring high-quality products, and with rising customer demands for product variety, transforming operations is no longer something that any manufacturer can ignore to stay competitive.”
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Jeff Schmitz, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Zebra, added: “Manufacturers are entering a new era in which producing high-quality products is paramount to retaining and acquiring customers as well as capturing significant cost savings that impact the bottom line. The results of Zebra’s 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study prove that IIoT has crossed the chasm, and savvy manufacturers are investing aggressively in technologies that will create a smarter, more connected plant floor to achieve greater operational visibility and enhance quality.”