The Evolution of Industrial Automation in 2024

Posted: January 4, 2024

 

The landscape of industrial automation is undergoing a transformational evolution as we head into 2024. Advancements in technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), collaborative robots, and IoT integration are some of the few factors driving this evolution. Those businesses that successfully utilize emerging technologies and automation will have an advantage as labor challenges, higher demand, and tighter budgets continue to plague businesses. 

Discover the industrial automation trends that are shaping the future of manufacturing for 2024. 

Adoption of Digital Technologies Will Increase Manufacturing Efficiency 

Emerging technologies such as generative AI, digital twins, and 4D vision are creating greater efficiencies in all areas of manufacturing. Businesses of all sizes will continue to invest in these technologies as they become more accessible. 

Usage of Digital Twins is Set to Increase 

A digital twin refers to a virtual replica of a physical system, object, or process and while they have been in existence for some time, their utilization is expected to become more widespread. Digital twins provide value through: 

  • Increased speed to market through rapid product iterations and design optimizations 

  • Improved product quality by identifying flaws in manufacturing processes 

  • Enhanced employee training  

  • Increased sustainability through reduction of scrap waste 

  • Predictive maintenance 

Generative AI Will Transform Businesses 

Artificial intelligence provides a comprehensive understanding of ongoing activities and can predict equipment breakdowns in manufacturing through data. The synergistic utilization of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and automation holds transformative capabilities for businesses. AI will persist as a valuable resource for product development, while automation will serve as the catalyst to bring these products to life. 

4D Vision will Revolutionize How Robots Move 

The integration of vision technology with robots has brought substantial value to businesses, enhancing the efficiency of processes. Vision serves as an integral sensory component for robots, enabling them to perform tasks while promoting and ensuring safety within their operational environment. 

Advancing beyond conventional vision technology, the emergence of 4D vision has revolutionized automation processes by incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and a heightened level of human-like elements. The enhanced capabilities of 4D technology facilitate faster image processing, thereby significantly accelerating the speed at which automated applications are executed by robots. 

AGVs and AMRs Will Expand Beyond the Warehouse 

Previously, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) were primarily used in material handling functions within warehouses. However, there has been a growing trend of companies integrating AGVs into operations outside of warehouse automation. In addition, cobots are increasingly being attached to both AMRs and AGVs to perform a variety of tasks. By combining the two robots/technologies, it provides companies with the opportunity to be more flexible in navigating around obstacles.  

Speed to Automation Will Become a Top Priority 

Speed to automation will be a crucial differentiator as more manufacturers recognize the need for automation technology. Companies of all sizes are seeking to automate their operations as automation is now an essential component for business to thrive. Those who can quickly automate their production will see a significant advantage over those who are slow to adapt. 

Additionally, we anticipate seeing smaller companies and new to automation companies making the move to automate their processes.  

Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics Will Take Center Stage 

The integration of machine learning and predictive analytics to analyze the vast amount of data generated by automation systems is becoming increasingly important. These software solutions will allow leaders to make better decisions based real-time analysis, improve predictive maintenance, and optimize processes throughout their operations. 

As we move into 2024, the implementation of industrial automation will be top of mind for businesses of all sizes. The latest innovations in AI, IoT, and robotics are accelerating the advancement of manufacturing operations. Our experts can help you develop the best solution at any stage of your automation journey. Schedule a meeting with one of our experts today.  

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