10 Trends That Will Dominate Manufacturing in 2020!

The fourth industrial revolution, also familiar as industry 4.0. Why is it called this? It is a revolution phase that is highly under the influence of digitalization with increasing automation. Along with it, numerous trends that are continuing to command over the operations and manufacturing processes.

In this highly competitive market, manufacturers are fetching the aid of these new techniques to stay effective and efficient. This ensures high quality at a very economical cost.

Let's have a look at these recent trends that are influencing the manufacturing processes.

Machine Learning- Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, as the name implies, is the data fed into something in an unnatural way. Machine learning is a branch of vast artificial intelligence where machines are trained to learn the specifications to which they act accordingly.

In other words, they are replacing the work done by the employees.

How greatly does this work depend on the amount of labeled information fed into these machines?

Machine learning algorithms are subject to the data available to them and the output they are intended to produce. Some types include:

  • Supervised learning
  • Unsupervised learning
  • Semi-supervised learning
  • Reinforcement learning

But why do manufacturers show interest in the respective field? The accuracy and efficiency it brings, especially when applied to the internet of things (IoT), is remarkable and hence the center of interest to manufacturers. This helps them keep up with the pace in the market.


5G and Smart Manufacturing

You must be familiar with 3G and 4G technology. But, 5G is something new, something better. In a highly competitive market where matching up with the momentum is the only key to success, 5G makes things a lot easier. With the adoption of 5g technology, manufacturers will be introduced to the new era of smart manufacturing. The increasing speed and better connectivity that was previously an obstacle would be tamed. Low latency, higher flexibility, and lower costs are among the many more advantages this new technology would introduce.

With the support of 5g smart manufacturing (internet-connected machinery), it would reach new efficiency and effectiveness levels.

This new 2020 advancement is expected to influence ten major industries, with the manufacturing industry topping the list.

RP (Rapid Prototyping) In Manufacturing

Rapid prototyping, another term for 3D printing. This recent introduction of science has led to an undiscovered epoch where prototype designing has become a lot more convenient. With the help of CAD (computer-aided designing), a lot can be saved on the cost. This also ensures less time to market, a term used for how long a product comes in the market after the idea was perceived or identified.

Car manufacturers have already adopted this and have witnessed new levels of lowered developmental costs.

The time has gone where a single product would take ages to come to market, after continuous attempts to make it perfect. Well, say hello to RP.


Industrial robots aren't new to anyone. They are quicker; their programming is fast. They are precise; there are fewer to no chances of error. They are efficient; they do not get tired. It is no surprise that robots will be taking over the manufacturing industry real soon.

Generative Design

It’s no surprise why it is called the future of manufacturing. These advancements conceive the ideas that are even beyond human imaginations. It provides hundreds of designs that are easily manufacturable too. Isn’t it amazing?

With the use of artificial intelligence and cloud computing, generative designs create numerous options with only the basic information.

Industrial Wearable

No matter how much the reliance on technology increases in the manufacturing sector, workers would still remain a vital part of it. The industrial wearable is the tool aimed at employees to help them with productivity as well as safety. These smart electronic devices are connected to the human body and backed with a centralized enterprise system. The device can comprise:

  • Smartwatches
  • Safety goggles
  • Bands
  • Implantable
  • Fitness trackers


Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing Processes

With the increasing consumer awareness and their keen eyes towards the processes of manufacturing and the impact that it leaves, manufacturers are to stay alert. Today’s consumer likes to associate themselves with the businesses which are environmentally responsible too. Like businesses that do not pollute the surroundings and exhaust the natural resources. Here comes the great social responsibility that needs to be fulfilled to thrive.

Manufacturers here are under tremendous pressure as going green comes with its fair share of cost too.

Cognitive Technology

Cognitive technology focuses on manufacturing processes extensively. They combine artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Machines are trained to think like humans, with the help of extensive data and to generate outcomes. Hence, it is used to solve critical business challenges and to improve quality. It focuses on the entire life cycle of the product from its manufacturing to the market launch. Making sure there are persistent quality and no chances of default.

Predictive Maintenance

Machines are examined to predict when maintenance is required. This is done in advance of any machinery breakdown leading to substantial maintenance costs and production halt costs to be saved.

The automotive, aviation, and power plants have already adopted this technique, so the turbulence can be eliminated before they occur.

VR and AR

VR and AR go a long way back, but they paved their way in the manufacturing industry until recently. With its vast number of advantages, manufacturers are continuing to adopt this method. Some of the benefits include:

  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced training cost
  • Improved workers safety
  • Newly developed products in the market

It is undoubtedly an effective and quick way of getting things done.


Being competitive is the only way for manufacturers to thrive in the recent market. That means the provision of up-to-date products with consistency in the lowest possible cost to be able to gain a share of the market.

All this is possible with the help of continuing automation and adopting the new and effective ways of operation. The internet of things and artificial intelligence has led to the modern era of revolution, negligence to adapt to this recent change will only cause failure to succeed. Only the manufacturers who hold on to these changes will be able to excel.