We are in times of perennial evolution, changing schemes, discovery, and innovation where change is the custom celebrated and stagnancy is looked down upon. But change is challenging for the changing and for the rigid differing in its effects and motive. But what is it like to be at the center of change, to be a crucial substance of it, and to live it like no better? The manufacturing sector has seen and been conducive to a lot of changes we see happening nowadays, but like any other stream it wasn’t and isn’t free of stones cutting its way. Let’s see some of those stones that disturb and sometimes directs the innovation in the manufacturing sector.
- THE ADVANCEMENTS AND THEIR SIDE-EFFECTS
The world is changing fast and those who are able to keep up with the pace stay while those finding it hard to match the steps are forced to move out in another dimension.
Manufacturing has seen tremendous changes over the last decade. It has been a roller-coaster ride for manufacturers worldwide. It has been through a lot of ups and downs with changing shape of the economy, trade rules, regulations, and the taste of the consumer. But one thing that has changed significantly is the way manufacturing is done. With the influx of various new innovative technologies, the manufacturing efficiency and productivity are on the rise which is a good thing but there are also certain challenges for certain players.
What are they?
The manufacturing sector has come to a place of disbalance where some companies have all the good dolls to play with while others are managing with their old toys. And when you reach a spot such as this it becomes really difficult for you to vie with the modern technologies available at the disposal of these few big companies. The competition becomes stiff and uneven because the small manufacturing units find it extremely difficult to transform their existing resources to the new means because of the high upfront cost involved.
Also, adding the new systems involve transforming the ways the workforce is habitual to. Which sometimes becomes a grueling task.
The other problem that’s taking place is the falling number of jobs. Though not a manufacturing problem but a result of the new automated ways, Robots are indeed taking over. Amazon has over 30,000 robots as its staff and similarly do many other companies. Employment in the manufacturing sector is on the downward slope and is looking to slide further as using these means of production have proved beneficial for manufacturers in terms of cost saved (up to 16%).
So, it’s clear that things are changing and those aligned with these changes will make it to the next level while those dubious of them might face existential questions.
- A MODERN PLAY WITH NOT SO MODERN CAST
As we talked in the previous point about the changing dynamics and setting. We cannot forget the ever facing problem, the perennial one, of the manufacturing sector and how it doubles and links to the first point.
The manufacturing sector has been longing since forever for a highly skilled workforce. This need doubles as the techniques advances and becomes more technology based. Manufacturing Industries is facing a skill gap problem. Some units have the money but not well-educated employees to move to the modern technology which is holding them back and not letting them explore the new possibilities.
One more issue is that no proper mechanism is defined when it comes to transporting the skill and techniques of the leaving generation, of the experienced staff to the callow ones. Operations suffer when the experienced employees leave the company leaving unskilled, not properly trained, and inexperienced employees behind.
So, this is one challenge manufacturing companies has to face head on and work on attracting effective staff. It can be done by spreading awareness and making opportunities visible young and bright talents.
- THAT PROBABLY ISN’T THE BEST ICE-BREAKER
The pressures are enormous temperature is expected to rise, not anymore. With awareness spreading around the world, discourses happening, documentaries being made, the oath being taken, and studies being conducted. The world has become aware of the challenges it is facing today in terms of the environmental destruction that perverse manufacturing and Industrial practices have contributed to.
But good news, probably not so much for the manufacturers is that steps are being taken to bring down the hazardous activities and to tone down the malicious effects it has on the environment by increasing regulations and penalties.
What does it mean for the manufacturers?
While it’s good for everyone’s health and a livable future but like most good things it also involves a cost. To adhere to the compliances and regulations the manufacturing plants have to adapt to settings different from their current space and the shifting might prove to be expensive. Some might have to undergo a complete transformation from the what they currently follow.
Also, it might result in them ending up at remote places which can surge the transportation and other charges as some cities now are not allowing the manufacturing plant to run within its vicinity.
- THEY ARE DOING IT, THEY, THEY, AND THEY ALSO….AHHH
Globalization has brought in lots of benefits, quality, exposure, and variety but it has also brought in a lot of competition from the worldly forces. The cost of manufacturing varies from country to country depending on multiple factors leading to a disparity in prices. While countries like china are producing product at a very low price others countries are not able to match its beats leading to comparatively higher priced products which are never good in this age of copious options.
It becomes really difficult for companies to vie with such low prices if they’re not a regular name. Entering this space requires innovative methods, efficient working, and productive results to bring products at a cheaper price which is entertained by a larger audience. So, survival becomes a question when price becomes the competition.
- THOSE SICK MACHINES
Maintenance of machinery is a major challenge faced by manufacturers and it’s also one which proves to be an expensive affair for them. A machine downtime can cause manufacturers a hefty sum of money and can be a prominent impediment in the way of efficient production.
But why do manufacturing units face machine downtime?
There can be numerous reasons for machine breakdown. Some commonly found ones are-
- Ignoring the warning signals
- Storing the machinery at an inapt place
- Not replacing the worn out parts on time
- Using the machine beyond its capacity
- Poor electrical connections
- Poor maintenance
- Not knowing how to use them
What can you do to prevent them? Well, take preventive measures. Keep your eyes and ears open to witness the perverse changes and correct them before they lead to a major mishap.
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