Series production has become an indispensable part of industry today. In most factories, small parts or parts of a product are mass-produced. This type of production involves similar products in limited numbers.
The methods in production have changed over time and many machines have made them much more productive and economical as well as a lot faster. While individual processes are still carried out by humans today, most production processes in series production are now carried out by machines. In this way, the individual products can be manufactured very precisely and without deviations in the same quality. Here, too, as everywhere in development, there are always new processes and methods.
Which trends will prevail in the manufacturing industry?
1. 3D printing
The development of 3D printing is now so advanced that it can no longer be imagined in series production without it. With this method, not only can larger quantities be produced, but larger components can also be developed. Thanks to plasma technology, these large components can be glued together more firmly and are thus optimally prepared for further use.
With the help of plasma treatment, the surfaces of plastic, metals and many other materials can be prepared in such a way that later gluing or coating is easily possible. With this method, the surface of the processed material is freed of all starting materials and, above all, of the smallest dust particles and can thus be used well.
The product can be processed further immediately after plasma processing.
With the help of this method, even large components can be glued or coated easily and safely, and with a very high level of effectiveness. After plasma processing, the component is also perfectly prepared for any other manufacturing process.
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2. The service component
The manufacturing industry is extremely complex. For this very reason, special services are becoming more and more important. In order to ensure the greatest possible success and the best implementation of projects, individual tasks, small series productions or an entire project management can be outsourced. This service often not only makes the entire process easier, but also saves resources and money. For example, the production of small series can be outsourced, which saves not only the acquisition and maintenance costs of large machines but also the employment of additional staff.
The range can also be expanded relatively easily in this way and customer loyalty can be strengthened by offering special products – a simple and inexpensive solution from which everyone benefits. Even marketing or project management can be outsourced. The latter in particular involves large capacities and requires special expertise and a lot of experience.
3. The IoT platforms
Nowadays, digitization is not only present everywhere, but also serves, especially in manufacturing in connection with ERP systems, to digitally represent the entire manufacturing process: from the first design to the end product. This representation can be used to identify any errors in advance, and the entire process can be adapted and, above all, optimized relatively easily – a method that saves money and can improve manufacturing processes and design many times over.
Remote maintenance of the various systems can also be carried out quickly and easily with this system. Regardless of where the end device is, with the remote maintenance option through an IoT platform, programming errors or problems can be solved more easily and production can be resumed more quickly. This has a positive effect on many areas in the manufacturing process and ensures optimized processes and maintenance.