How Emerging Technologies Impact Manufacturing Sector:
Emerging Technologies: Are they Development or Disruption for Manufacturing Sector?
Exponential technologies are disrupting workplaces, especially in the manufacturing sector. Robotic process automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Internet of Things (IOT) have clearly redefined the business models of manufacturing companies.
Though in the past, people have been apprehensive about this human-robot collaboration to make headway on the factory floor, but more than that, it is a matter of keeping the workforce abreast of the times. The manufacturing sector is gearing up for networked factories where production lines, supply chains, quality control and design teams are integrated into a high-tech engine that offers actionable insights.
Contrary to those who fear human jobs being lost to automation, the manufacturing industry will be propelled by AI-driven enhanced efficiency, agile production, and real-time decision making, allowing the workforce to focus more on innovation.
Areas such as seeking new consumer insights and understanding product personalisation requirements will evolve into potentially specialised roles where people will be expected to oversee automated work flows to deliver a bespoke service or product.
Though the Indian manufacturing sector has been a late entrant, they need to adapt to these changes. Experts in the industry say a different kind of skillset, which didn’t exist a decade back has become a prerequisite to march into a new future.
The manufacturing sector is gearing towards reducing the digital talent gap and becoming future ready. The government is going deep on critical infrastructure, policy, regulatory, and skill-related issues and introducing reform that is spurting the growth of the sector and increasing career prospects.
The Indian auto industry is one of the largest in the world responsible for nearly 7.1% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). States such as Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are viewed as the nation’s auto hubs that can attract young aspiring engineers.
Globally, India occupies the 5th position in the food processing industry with increasing exports in grains, fresh produce, beverages, and dairy products. The sector’s ability to absorb excess labour from the agricultural sector is the driving force behind its importance.
Similarly, the growth in sectors like telecom, consumer electronics, and IT has propelled the Indian electronics market, opening avenues for fresh graduates to kickstart their careers. It is now that candidates need to upskill themselves in line with the industry changes and strive to be more relevant to the evolving job demands.
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