In the dynamic landscape of manufacturing technology, 2024 promises to be a pivotal year marked by the maturation and widespread adoption of certain transformative technologies. In the current horizon, three key technologies stand out: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality (XR), and the utilization of data and analytics.
AI’s journey in 2023 was characterized by the fervor surrounding generative AI, but the focus now shifts to pragmatic applications. Despite initial hype, AI deployment faces hurdles due to a lack of operator trust and demands for concrete use cases, particularly in quality management processes. However, industry leaders are foreseeing AI’s integration across business facets, enhancing predictive insights, task automation, and human-AI synergy.
XR technology finds its stride in manufacturing, revolutionizing design visualization, safety training, and global collaboration. While initial excitement around the “industrial metaverse” fizzles out, experts anticipate a resurgence of interest in AR/VR, especially with Apple’s Vision Pro release. However, challenges persist in smart glasses’ accessibility and market readiness.
Amidst these advancements, data digitization emerges as a leading strategy. The evolution of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems empowers manufacturers with comprehensive data capture, from basic production tracking to complex AI-driven predictive analysis. Nonetheless, challenges persist in managing, extracting, and leveraging data insights effectively.
Manufacturers in 2024 must embrace these technologies judiciously, recognizing their potential while addressing challenges to ensure a seamless integration that enhances productivity, safety, and operational efficiency. The year ahead heralds a transformative era where AI, XR, and data-driven strategies converge to reshape the manufacturing landscape. As we bid farewell to a transformative year, PJR is leading the way into AI Management Systems Certification. If your organization has interest in the new ISO/IEC 42001:2023 Information Technology Artificial Intelligence Management System Certification to reach out to us to connect with a project manager in your area. Feel free to contact us by phone at (248) 358-3388 or email [email protected].