Today’s manufacturing industry is all about speed and efficiency, but also personalisation. Artificial intelligence (AI) is finally taking a big role in easing automation and supplying these demands. As we ease into Industry 5.0, manufacturing is taking a turn. Where industry 4.0 offers mass production with little to no human involvement, Industry 5.0 brings back human touch. Cobots position as the tool, while the wellbeing of humans, both workers and consumer are placed back in the front line.
While AI makes processes smarter and more efficient, human’s soft skills are required to fullfill consumer demands with a more personalised and customised produce. Manufacturing companies are now implementing AI technology to transform their production process, streamline workflow, and reduce operational costs. This article discusses how artificial intelligence in industry 5.0 shakes up the manufacturing industry and improves its performance.
Table of Content:
- What is Artificial Intelligence?
- How Does AI Shake Up The Manufacturing Industry?
- AI Helps Improve Supply Chain Management
- AI Helps Manufacturers With Automation
- AI Helps Manufacturing By Detecting Problems Early On
- AI Enables Smarter Worker Robots
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial intelligence is an area of computer science that deals with the creation of intelligent machines. The goal of AI research is to create software and hardware that can solve complex problems and make decisions like humans. AI is used to build machine systems that can learn, understand language, identify images, and interact with humans like robots. AI is used in a variety of industries, including manufacturing and supply chain management. The AI manufacturing system first collects data and runs it through algorithms to make predictions. The system then takes instructions from the operator and uses those instructions to control the machines. This system is useful for manufacturers because it can learn from each production cycle and make appropriate adjustments to optimise production. With the correct system and combination between the human’s mind and AI, smart manufacturing in Industry 5.0 will attain the perfect core value and approach that focuses on human centricity, sustainability, and resilience.
How Does AI Shake Up The Manufacturing Industry?
AI is a technology that is designed for automation and optimisation. It allows businesses to make better use of their resources and reduce operational costs. More importantly, AI can transform the manufacturing industry by bringing significant improvements in productivity, collaboration, quality, safety, and inventory management. – AI can streamline the manufacturing process and workflow by automating the process, collecting and analysing data from production equipment, and problem-solving. From real time equipment maintenance all the way to virtual designs, new improved and personalised products will result in a smart supply chain and a creation of a whole new business model. It looks like AI will be the future of manufacturing.
AI can also help businesses with inventory management by analysing demand, detecting product defects and faulty parts, and improving the traceability of products.
AI Helps Improve Supply Chain Management
One big benefit of AI includes supply chain management. AI technologies are being used to collect and analyse data from production machines and supply chain inventory systems. Big data help predict demand and decide action plans for the system. This is helpful for manufacturers and supply chain managers for production planning and distribution schedules.
Another takeaway is supply chain transparency by implementing end-to-end traceability. This is helpful for manufacturers in terms of product quality, source, and authenticity. This enables customers to make informed purchasing decisions and reduces the risk of receiving counterfeit products.
In 2021, researchers from the University of Maryland developed novel technologies and a sustainable management framework that can help farmers tap the economic potential and environmental benefits of shellfish aquaculture, perhaps the most ecologically sustainable form of aquaculture, as well as an important driver of the coastal economy. They used underwater robots to detect and count oysters. In their study, Detecting and Counting Oysters, the researchers customised a drone-like ROV, the BlueRobotics BlueROV2, with a GoPro HERO7 Black camera, for videography of the Chesapeake Bay bottom. They then worked with Bobby Leonard, a waterman, who took them out on his boat for tours of his oyster lease. The researchers used the ROV to produce videos of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.
AI Helps Manufacturers With Automation
The main benefit of automation is accuracy and consistency. With AI, automation can now monitor, control, and manage smart machines, tools, and systems to enable data collection and analysis from production machines and programming production instructions. For example, AI can help manufacturers with automation by enabling robotics as they can perform dangerous and difficult tasks such as sharp items assembling, repetitive sterile subject movements, and shredding or cutting sensitive or dangerous materials. AI automation has helped increase production quality, reduce production times, and improve accuracy. It also saves money as employees are not required for difficult, dangerous, and repetitive tasks. Less errors, more accuracy and consistency.
Today, the influence of emotional intelligence in the workforce are considered intangible qualities that will both harmonise working environment, but also produce a more human and flexible solutions for manufacturing system and end-of-line production.
AI Helps Manufacturing By Detecting Problems Early On
When it comes to manufacturing, companies may often rely on after-the-fact inspection to identify problems. This approach is not ideal as it is expensive and may interrupt production. AI technology can help manufacturers identify issues early on by monitoring production equipment, collecting data from visual and other sensors, and performing predictive analysis. This early detection can help businesses avoid costly production disruptions. For example, AI can be used to monitor the health of critical machines by analysing data from sensors. Early detection system prevent costly equipment breakdowns that disrupt production.
AI Enables Smarter Worker Robots
AI-enabled manufacturing robots are flexible machines used to perform various functions in the production process. Traditionally, these robots require engineers to program every movement. This requires human involvement to increase personalisation. AI-enabled robots can receive instructions from humans through natural language processing (NLP). This helps manufacturers reduce operational costs by programming robots without coding. The rise of AI-enabled robots is expected to shake up the manufacturing industry as it helps businesses reduce operational costs and improve production quality. It also facilitates manufacturers to make their production process more efficient, scalable, and flexible.
Artificial intelligence is one of the latest innovations that is shaking up various industries as it makes things smarter and more efficient. Manufacturing companies are now implementing AI technology to transform their production process, streamline workflow, and reduce operational costs. AI can help improve supply chain management, automation, and detection of issues early on. It can also enable smarter worker robots and make production more flexible. Overall, AI shakes up the manufacturing industry by implementing innovation and smarter process.
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