Future of the Technician Workforce Study
Manufacturing & Automation
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: MANUFACTURING & AUTOMATION NOW NEXT 3 YEARS
NEXT 4-10 YEARS
Automated 3D scanning systems.
Cellular manufacturing (i.e. sequencing of multiple additive processes) for custom batch processing. 3D printing using metals and superalloys. Real-time process monitoring and statistical process controls for new technologies. Closed loop machine monitoring and adjustments
Advanced Process Control
Digital twin simulation mod- els with hardware-in-the- loop (HIL) capabilities. Use of both new and legacy sensors and software for predictive overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).
Equipment with integrated access controls to verify operator’s certified training credentials.
for process control and machine maintenance.
AI-based data analytics to aid in decision-making. Machine learning for process/quality control and predictive maintenance.
AI-based expert systems (ES) (i.e., knowledge-based systems) for advanced training. Machine learning for adaptive/reactive autonomous operations planning. Fully automated “lights-out” manufacturing or “dark factories” with no on-site human presence. AR/VR for training/assisting with challenging or high-risk tasks. Adaptive/reactive autonomous operations planning. Agile automation techniques for batch, low volume and cellular manufacturing.
Augmented and Virtual Reality
New types of user interfaces including vocal controls and headsets.
Increased use of AR/VR for reducing physical inspections, repairs, and asset maintenance.
Automation and Robotics
Easy to program robots
and cobots for increased productivity and reliability.
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