While the COVID-19 pandemic has lasted longer than initially expected, everyone is doing their part to help the economy bounce back as quickly as possible. Specific industries, such as the manufacturing sector, have been picking up steam by paving the way ahead with innovation.
Whether you’re currently looking for new ideas to help foster development in the products produced by your company or you’re an investor that is eager to stay privy to the latest exciting new trends, you’ll want to pay close attention to these trends in manufacturing for 2022.
Artificial Intelligence and Automation
It isn’t hard to understand why any technology that improves automation in manufacturing can improve productivity and lower costs. As the artificial intelligence (AI) industry grows, it becomes more adaptable to new situations and more capable of performing complex jobs in manufacturing. Now that self-driving cars are well on their way in the public sector, there is also increased use of AI in manufacturing.
While the initial investment in artificial intelligence applications and hardware can be expensive, there are many cases where that expense can save manufacturing companies substantial costs in the long run.
Increased Use of Composite Materials
As in the case of computer innovations, like artificial intelligence, the composite materials industry is expected to continue to enjoy innovations set to boost manufacturing companies in Canada in 2022. Composite materials offer new manufacturing options that enable many products that we already commonly use to work even better because they contain new capabilities that are not possible with other materials.
For example, when new composite materials are developed, they offer new properties such as combined durability and low weight. When an automobile or aeronautical manufacturer replaces traditional building materials with this kind of composite option, they can create a new vehicle capable of performing better than what already exists.
Due to such innovations, composite materials are commonly introduced to industries where better performance is essential. This includes industries such as
- Wind Power Generation
- Armed Forces Equipment and Vehicles
- Sporting Equipment
- Aerospace and Marine Craft
Logistics and Shipping
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, industries worldwide have come to see some significant setbacks caused by too much reliance on offshore goods. In Canada, for example, the decreased production of medical goods resulted in a reliance on other countries for the production of essential supplies such as vaccines, masks and ventilators.
While some of this problem has since been alleviated, the current logistics and shipping crisis is expected to continue. As such, it is likely that some major changes to offshore reliance will continue to develop in the coming year.
If you’re currently operating a business involved in manufacturing and are looking for innovative ways to improve your products, the chances are that the best option you have will be to look into whether a composite material can help. The best way to find out if there’s a composite solution for your needs is to contact a manufacturer who can explain what is available.