Tectonic shifts take place once every few decades. Today we are face-to-face with the fourth industrial revolution. The metal manufacturing industry is gearing up by staying updated and adopting new technology trends such as CNC machines, 3D printing, and ERP systems in its landscape. By implementing state-of-the-art technologies, the process of cutting and bending sheet metal has resulted in increased productivity and a minimal occurrence of errors. Machinery like CNC machines only need the instructions from a design file to perform a variety of desirable cuts. As the cutting mediums deployed by these machines include laser, flame, plasma, and water-jet cutting technology, there is a remarkable precision in work, without any human intervention.
Another trend that has caught up in the metal manufacturing industry is the application of cyber-security to safeguard information on digital machines. Similar to any other computer consoles, CNC machines are also vulnerable to threats by viruses. Hence deployment of cybersecurity is the only way ahead. In this era of digitalization, with the minutest of information being just a mouse-click away, securing digital data from cyber threats is a necessity.
Businesses in the metal manufacturing domain are also paying attention to the environmental damage caused by the waste it produces as a byproduct. For instance, the steel industry as a whole generates enormous volumes of greenhouse gases. Therefore, international steel plants are taking measures to shrink their carbon footprint by putting their waste heat to use.
There are multiple other useful technologies and their providers in the metal manufacturing domain that we have brought to you through this edition of Manufacturing Technology Insights. The magazine features some of the seasoned metal manufacturing consulting/service companies that are driving phenomenal growth across different industries.
We present to you Manufacturing Technology Insights’ “Top 10 Metal Manufacturing Consulting/Service Companies - 2020.”