Manufacturing organizations across the U.S. are becoming more efficient by the day. While there have been concerns about the economy and budget in the back of every executive’s mind, warehouse management systems, enterprise resource planning and time trackers have all coalesced with other technology to make organizations stronger. Rob Spiegel, senior editor of automation and control with Design News, said gains in efficiency and automation means logistics are playing a larger role as well. Companies are getting smarter in figuring out where they need to be and what technology must be implemented.

One of the big trends, according to what industry professional Graham Harris told Spiegel, is the reliance on software and trimming of hardware.

“How can you do more with less? If you have more functions with one controller instead of many controllers, you’ll be more efficient,” Harris said. “You can control a machine with three axes with one controller. The synchronization is easier with one controller because all the data is on one CPU. That also saves cabinet space.”

Harris said there is less material that needs to be integrated and systems can be more easily centralized with software, which offers a good amount of savings in the set up.

Safety has also become more efficient, according to what automation professional Patrick McDermott told Spiegel. Organizations are now more easily able to integrate technology and not have to rewire to make a change, thus simplifying the process of staying safe and avoiding risk. With all of this in place, Spiegel said employees have been more willing to give input on business processes. This allows organizations to become more efficient and productive, as workers will be more attentive with a bigger stake in the company.

Many states fueled by innovation of technology
Individual states have been experiencing technological revolutions, according to Manufacturing.net. In Oregon the total manufacturing output is $56 billion thanks in large part to computer and electronic integration.

“While an overtly simple answer, the implications of integration are widespread,” the website said. “Across every industry’s horizon lays deeper and more sophisticated computer and electronic implementation – self-driving cars, biometric clothing and apparel, ‘smart’ homes, production tracking software and devices and so on.”

Over in Indiana, the state’s total manufacturing output is $74.1 billion. Manufacturing.net said automation technology has played a large role in this. Warehouse inventory management systems and transitions into other new, efficient technology has helped organizations in this state become far more productive. In addition, it has allowed enterprises to streamline energy expenditures along with manufacturing processes.

Phys.org said potential energy improvements can come from moving formerly manual processes to a software platform. This can allow businesses to link devices, sensors and technology together to extend flexibility and utilize more data sources for a greater breadth of information.

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