Plex Systems, a Rockwell Automation company and provider of cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, has announced the results of its 7th annual study, “The State of Smart Manufacturing.” The global study surveyed more than 300 manufacturers in various industries including automotive, aerospace, electronics, plastics and rubber, precision metal forming, and more. This year’s report, produced in collaboration with Hanover Research, offers valuable insights into trends, challenges and future plans for global manufacturers. Building on previous research from Plex, the data reaffirms that the adoption of smart manufacturing technology continues to accelerate, and these new technologies are now solving critical industry challenges.
The report’s findings show that the COVID-19 pandemic has both exposed and exacerbated pre-existing conditions in the manufacturing sector. In addition, the shortage of skilled workers and security issues increased significantly compared to the previous year. With that in mind, over 83% of respondents believe that smart manufacturing is key to the future success of their organization.
“The impact of COVID-19 underscores the need for more ubiquitous access and control, and the benefits of cloud-based solutions not only in enabling the new ‘work from anywhere’ paradigm, but in as a fundamental next-generation technology enabler”, commented Rick Franzosa, Senior Director, Analyst – Supply Chain at Gartner Research.
Additional key findings include:
Adoption of smart manufacturing accelerated by 50%. Technology and automation are driving the next generation of manufacturing, and the adoption of smart manufacturing will continue to accelerate in 2022.
The pandemic has exposed three ever-evolving business challenges. Supply chain management, skilled labor shortages and risk mitigation all require a new approach. In fact, 61% of respondents said they did not have a risk mitigation plan in place.
Technologies that were once overrated are now solving today’s problems. The cloud, hardened industrial devices, and process automation are helping businesses overcome challenges related to skilled labor shortages, supply chain management, and risk mitigation. Specifically, 64% of organizations agree that technology can reduce hiring challenges and fuel growth over the next five years.
“The trends highlighted by the ‘State of Smart Manufacturing’ report provide real and important insights for manufacturers. This information helps us plan and stay ahead of the game to move our business forward,” said Tim Marsell, head of the IT/IS division at Sanoh America, Inc.
“This report aims to help manufacturers assess their technology strategy and incorporate smart manufacturing best practices to stay competitive and thrive,” said Jerry Foster, Chief Technology Officer, Plex Systems. “A scalable technology strategy enables incremental adoption of solutions and rapid realization of value. As manufacturers seek to streamline processes and solve today’s challenges, they place great importance on using smart technology to address and improve real business outcomes.
For the full results, download Plex’s 7th Annual State of Smart Manufacturing Report for free.
For more information: www.plex.com
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