Modern technology is changing nearly every industry whose products are meant for mainstream consumption. We have mostly realized the impact of advancements in software and hardware technology over the past 2 decades. Moreover, there has been a general improvement in production engineering with scientists coming up with superior working tools and machines. This has had a significant impact on manufacturing and engineering production across the world. The following are a few ways through which technology has influenced this field.
With computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), we have seen manufacturing transform into a relatively effortless activity where the engineer only needs to worry about integrating core-manufacturing principles into the clients’ products. Technology has simplified and streamlined the technical aspects of design such that the engineers can focus on the core design duties. Computer-aided manufacturing is particularly indispensable as it streamlines the process of production.
Precision and Safety
Aside from improving manufacturing speed, technology has improved precision and accuracy in production. The human senses can only assist an engineer very far before factors such as fatigue, boredom, and other physiological interruptions kick in. Moreover, manufacturing usually involves handling dangerous working environments such as furnaces, poisonous fluids, and harmful metals.
Using control tools such as programmable logic controls (PLCs) and numerical controls (NCs) manufacturers can automate the production processes. With these technologies, manufacturers can produce polished products that are durable and resilient to physical or chemical impact. These technologies have been studied and implemented to create products with specifications that you cannot achieve in any other way.
Other useful technologies borrowed from the computing world include the Internet of Things. This technology can ensure that the production systems are capable of learning and adjusting various factors to improve accuracy and precision. As an illustration, Shute Upton Engineering has been utilizing such technologies over the last several years to design and manufacture winches for different applications. Such systems use sensors and other automation technologies to monitor physical fluctuations from the normal production processes.
The advancement in engineering and computer technology has revolutionized manufacturing. The main aspects of productions that are affected include precision and speed. It is not possible for a manufacturer to compete in any engineering field without employing these technologies. For faster designs, you need CAD and CAM and for accuracy and safety, you need advanced control systems. Lastly, you need computer integration to automate manufacturing. It is clear that advances in computing and engineering have transformed manufacturing in every aspect.
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