1. WFH, Work From Home
Working from home has become the norm for many companies and it became a big trend not only focussed on manufacturing, but worldwide in all markets. Working from home became a lot more productive thanks to the possibility of virtually meeting each other, automated scheduling tools and many other applications to make our distant work easier. But how does this work for manufacturing, industrial and logistic companies like us? Thanks to IoT, Rompa Group has been able to monitor our production remotely giving us reassurance that everything was running smoothly while we were not physically there. Of course not all production lines are suited for remote monitoring and still need our physical presence. But we do see a great trend in monitoring our manufacturing lines remotely, thanks to IoT this became a whole lot easier.
2. M2M Automation
Machine-to-Machine communication is also one of the biggest trends we have seen increasing last year. Smart trackers and sensors are installed in nearly all devices and manufactured products. This gives us the possibility to have the device communicate from machine to machine. And with the use of IoT systems we are able to automate any decisions that have to be made based on data. Decisions regarding demand, stock and warehousing, but also sales forecasting for a particular season for example. This all without human interaction and based on facts and figures. Rompa Group integrated the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning Software) communication system for our products and machines to implement M2M automation to capture the performance. With the data collected from the machines we can also monitor performance, predict for and seek improvements.
3. Product Design
We have seen an increase in demand for easy access to our products and services. One of these services is designing. With our smart devices and sensors we are able to see how products are used and where we can improve the products for an optimal design.
Security is one of our top priorities for our employees, clients and partners. This is done through authentication for all our systems and applications and is critical to maintain a high level, for everybody's safety and privacy.
5. IoT Supply Chain
Besides warehousing and stock management we also see IoT in our logistic service. Thanks to the IoT Supply Chain Analytics we can combine IoT and ERP to have a clear view on the current supply chain. Our trackers and sensor devices enable us to know the location of the goods at all times. This together with M2M makes every decision a smart decision based on the data that is being analysed.
While these 5 current trends are very popular, we also know that they will continue to develop at a quick pace. We at Rompa Group make sure to follow every step along the way. But what other trends are there which lay ahead of us in the future? Below we give some of the trends that we predict will be important in 2022.