New technologies and production
Technology is the process of applying the discovery of science and other forms of research to applied situations. Therefore, production technology involves applying the work of researchers to develop new products and processes.
There is a range of new technologies that are being applied to improve production methods and products. For example, in recent years we have seen the development of ice cream varieties of chocolate products in the confectionery industry, an example of food technology. At the same time, we have seen the widespread application of
information and communications technology to a wide range of production methods, such as:
The use of computer databases for online bookings in the airline industry.
The development of broadband services, which benefits small businesses to communicate through the Internet throughout the country.
The use of the company’s intranet systems to inform and train employees of companies such as Cummins, creating a more skilled and highly efficient workforce.
After a decade of stagnation in manufacturing productivity, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to generate up to $ 3.7 trillion in value by 2025.
Technologies such as the industrial Internet of things, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing are already helping to generate net manufacturing productivity increases and transforms production in all industries. However, to achieve the desired broad-based economic and social impact and to maximize productivity gains, the technology must be adopted at scale and spread throughout the production ecosystem. This would require more multi-stakeholder collaboration and an expansion of current efforts both nationally and internationally.
In 2017, through a close commitment with the Future of Production community, the project explored and identified the main use cases that imply a combination of technologies to offer commercial value in the production sites.
He also identified the best practices for companies to adopt technology in production from proof of concept at the factory level to the scale deployment of the production system. In addition, it examined how governments and civil society can best support the development of industrial strategies that foster a favorable ecosystem for adopting and disseminating technology in the production industries.
In 2018, the project will translate ideas into action and leverage the Forum platform to incubate the first global network of key production assets to accelerate technology adoption and inclusive dissemination.
The type of assets includes:
– Lighthouses: Factory sites of Forum member companies that have been transformed by deploying the latest production technologies to demonstrate use cases in action, best practices and share knowledge
– Test beds: research laboratories and model factories where the relevant use cases are matured to be brought to scale and can be tested by the companies
– Capacity centers: practical training centers to develop the necessary skills to scale the adoption of technologies in manufacturing and production