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Predicted Trends for the Manufacturing Industry in 2015

What we can expect from this year.

The rapid pace of technological progression has made the present a very exciting time. Technology is affecting everything around us is an attempt to make our lives easier. But, as automation helps increase productivity the world over, it is not replacing jobs as much as it is assisting with them. This means there is a great deal of positions the world over that are becoming specialised, thanks to technology.

For the past half a century, Krost has been providing the finest shelving and racking Johannesburg could ask for. This could not have been possible without foresight. This is why we look towards the possibilities that technology will allow this year. Here are some of the predicted trends that will affect the industrial and manufacturing industries in 2015.

Warehouse security: the security of warehouse personnel has always been important, and this has, by no means, suffered due to automation. A secure working environment is still paramount. This is why adjustable and fixed guardrails and barriers will become commonplace in 2015. These allow for sustainable efficiency with increased safety.

Automated transporters: forklifts are becoming less vital in warehouses, thanks to the implementation of computer-guided vehicles. Aside from being safety hazards for personnel in the warehouse, forklifts can damage products and other assets. However, the predictability of guided vehicles will make warehouse safety less volatile, supplementary to the increased installation of guardrails.

The return to onshore manufacturing: offshore outsourcing has been a notable trend in recent decades, but many major nations are bringing production back to their shores. This will cause a significant increase in the storage and warehouse sectors, and will increase employment opportunities.

Specialisation: as technology continues to positively affect multiple sectors, companies will look at tailoring their solutions. Sectors with different characteristics will need specialised attention, and thus the manufacturing industry will turn to providing products across multiple channels.

Just-in-time operations: In an attempt to create purposefully lean operations, the manufacturing industry will rely more heavily on just-in-time operations. This will keep inventory specific and allow for increased productivity and the implementation of higher levels of automation.

Robotic workers: a significant advancement in machine vision means that robots will be able to move more precisely around detailed environments. This will mean an increase in automation wherein robots will be able to operate certain manual machines and work in conjunction with human counterparts.

Krost has been shelving and racking Johannesburg for long enough to know the ins and outs of the manufacturing industry. And, through decades of industry experience, we know that technological innovation drives progress. With the exciting advancements that technology will bring us in 2015, this year will certainly be an important one in the manufacturing industry.

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