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The Consumerization of Manufacturing

Posted March 27, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The rules are changing for manufacturers, shaped by the growing influence of e-commerce and omnichannel retailing. These forces are creating an environment in which manufacturers must deliver more SKUs and support a broader spectrum of fulfillment modes. To adapt and prosper, manufacturers will have to restructure their production lines, embrace mass customization, and move factories closer to end markets. Industry Week offers a glimpse of the factory of the future, explaining how robotics, additive manufacturing, and digital simulation of manufacturing processes will help plants prosper in a climate of shorter production runs and greater product personalization.


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