Every year, new technologies shake up the industrial market and help a business thrive in more ways than one. As an industrial business, it is important to be aware of the latest tech trends and developments so that you can stay current and competitive. Those that fail to embrace tech trends are often left behind and may struggle to keep up with changing consumer demand, which is why now is a good time to look ahead in 2021 to see what tech trends might shape the industry and could be used to help take your business forward.
Automation has been a key trend for a few years now but will only continue in 2021. In particular, cobots will play a key role as they are able to work alongside humans, and this will bring a multitude of benefits in addition to alleviating concerns over automation, leading to job losses. When man and robot can co-exist in an industrial setting, it can speed processes up, reduce errors, and free up time for your staff to focus on other aspects of their role.
- Augmented and Virtual Reality
VR and AR have developed rapidly in recent years and are starting to become common in many aspects of modern life, including many industrial uses. Additionally, these immerse technologies have proved to be particularly useful during the pandemic as they allow people to collaborate and “share” an environment without physically being in the same place.
- 3D Printing
3D printing has been a major industry trend in 2020 and has been key in the fight against the coronavirus. 3D printing has been used to rapidly produce PPE and medical supplies to combat shortages worldwide, which will continue in 2021 and shows the great potential that 3D printing has for manufacturing companies and will only become bigger as the years go by.
- Signal Conditioning Boards
Accuracy is everything when it comes to the industrial market, but this can be challenging when so many different sensors and types of equipment are being used. Signal conditioning boards can provide precise and accurate outputs and be used for all kinds of different purposes, whether this is averaging, filtering, or calibration.
- Predictive Maintenance
No business wants downtime; this can be incredibly costly. This is particularly true in 2021, when businesses will be hoping to get back to normal, which is why predictive maintenance will be a key tech trend for the year. Predictive maintenance uses data to monitor and track equipment performance so that maintenance can be carried out at the right time and keep all business equipment running to a high standard at all times.
These are likely to be the main tech trends seen in the industrial market in 2021. There have been many great strides made in tech in recent years, but of course, the pandemic’s impact cannot be ignored in this area, and tech will play a big role in helping businesses get back on their feet this year.