What Are Some Future Trends in Manufacturing?

Posted by Brad Roberson in CNC Machining Services on Sep 30, 2022.

Manufacturing has evolved over the centuries – from human-focused methods to machine-reliant assembly lines to our current, highly automated, machine-driven factory. Roberson Machine Company continues to remain ahead of the curve, adapting to the ever-changing manufacturing trends.

As a leading manufacturing company, we offer single-source, on-demand manufacturing to give our partners the benefits of supply chain agility and inventory management, no matter the complexities of your project. Our team of manufacturing experts work with you to develop the precision parts necessary to get the job done right – on time and on budget.

Give us a call today at 573-646-3996 or contact us online.

Trends in Manufacturing: The Future is Bright at Roberson Machine Company

Roberson Machine Company stays at the forefront of the industry, keeping up with the latest and greatest inventions, strategies, and systems. These manufacturing trends currently, and will continue to, allow our clients and partners to thrive in competitive industries across the country. These current trends will only get stronger in the future, including:

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things has already increased the communication between machines during different stages of manufacturing. Using smart sensors and cloud connectivity powered by the internet, IoT is propelling the advancement of our industry. It is only going to get better, stronger, and more reliable. The IoT enables smart machines that can take measurements and perform process qualification in the CNC machining process, in real time. Through our partnerships and through IoT capabilities, we are improving safety, saving money, streamlining manufacturing, and even creating new products.

The emergence of smart-connect IoT devices isn’t just changing how we manufacture products, but what types of products we manufacture. These days it seems there are “smart” versions of everything, from vacuum cleaners to toilets, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. We have seen it increasingly in every industry we partner with.

Robotic Machine Tending, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning

Machine learning, AI, and robotic machine tending are revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. And they will likely continue to do so, as AI in the manufacturing industry is forecasted to reach $16.7 billion by 2026. Machine learning provides our CNC machines the ability to learn and improve without having to be explicitly programmed.

Advantages to utilizing our robotic machine tending, as well as AI and machine learning, in your manufacturing project include:

  • Compact Solution: Because space is already at a premium in our facilities, we save time and money utilizing our machine tending robots.
  • Injection Molding: Robots are invaluable when it comes to injection molding. From part removal to screw cutting, degating, labeling, lasering, and adding inserts, they eliminate the risk of damage while increasing output.
  • Less Expensive than You Might Think: A comprehensive range of flexible standalone solutions makes machine tending robots a viable option for most manufacturing projects, even ones with small production runs. They are particularly advantageous on repeat projects, as the programs are easily called upon using the IoT.
  • Warehouse cost reduction
  • Asset tracking
  • Forecasting accuracy

Predictive Maintenance

Made possible by IoT, AI, robotic machine tending, and machine learning, predictive maintenance helps our specialists avoid machine downtime by catching issues before they arise. Adding predictive maintenance technology to our manufacturing specifications has saved on both maintenance costs and downtime while extending the expected life of our machinery. In turn, we pass those savings along to you. Call us today at 573-646-3996 or contact us online.

Additive Manufacturing

Also known as 3D printing, additive manufacturing is a manufacturing trend growing at an accelerating rate. Using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, we can now custom build parts and products one layer at a time for our customers. In addition to building complete parts, this process is also ideal for creating prototypes, models, molds, or components of finished products.

What Are Some Future Trends in Manufacturing? | Roberson Machine Company

No matter the manufacturing trend or how complex your project, Roberson Machine Company has the capacity and capability to meet your needs. We are centrally located in our own facilities and on our own land, for fast turnaround and delivery times and access to major markets. We strive for excellence in everything we do, but it all starts with our customers and what they think about our manufacturing services. We want to make it easy for you to keep coming back.

Call us today at 573-646-3996 or contact us online.


Brad Roberson / 

Brad Roberson is one of the owners of Roberson Machine Company. Please feel free to contact us to receive a quote or ask any questions you may have.

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