Change is a Constant
If there is anything that the last couple of years in manufacturing have taught us, is that nothing stays the same. From the adoption of the IoT (Internet of Things) in manufacturing, to adding AI (artificial intelligence) programs, the adjustments that have had to be made to keep up with the changing times are staggering. It’s clear that change is a constant which will continue to happen.
Embrace the Change, Don’t Fight It
Fighting against change is not the best solution. Manufacturers who do not evolve or innovate risk closing their doors. Instead, companies should welcome change, as it will improve their processes, allow them to cut costs in the long run, and help grow their sales.
How to Know When to Evolve
How does a company know when it should evolve, though? Is it time to change when an article comes out about the newest trend in manufacturing? Should a company wait until their losing profits? The answer lies somewhere in between. As new technologies arise and are first adopted, they will inevitably contain bugs or other pitfalls which can be worked out by early adopters. Of course, waiting until you start to lose profits is also not the best time for change. Instead, savvy companies should keep their eye on these latest innovations and look for ways that they can adopt them into their current processes or replace outdated ones. Developing a plan of attack for how to adopt these new technologies and integrating them slowly, with testing, is also key to evolving efficiently.
No matter what, evolving your manufacturing processes, software, hardware, machinery, and supply chains is the only way to move forward and stay profitable in this everchanging world.