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Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing

Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing

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With the world supply chain facing more challenges than ever do to the COVID crises, vulnerabilities may spur a new industry revolution. From centralized manufacturing, based off of the Chinese industry, to decentralized manufacturing that localizes the production of products. More importantly, additive manufacturing, which could ignite industrial 3d printing.

 

Western world politics led by United States rhetoric has been calling to restrict our dependence on Chinese manufacturing. But not much has really changed. Western businesses have been keeping with the status quo. Economic cost-effectiveness is more important than government relationships. It was thought that making such drastic supply chain changes would be too much of a risk. But now, we might not have a choice.

 

Prior to the pandemic, US along with Europe, has been showing signs of decoupling ties with China. This was brought by peacetime populist urges, intellectual property rights and human rights violations.

 

Today, the west accuses China’s lack of transparency which they claim prevented the preparation to handle such a pandemic. With tension at an all-time high, and supply chains already shaken up with lengthy shipping times and delays, businesses are now facing a choice. From doing nothing to taking action to reroute their supply chains. Adjusting too late could have high consequences for businesses.

 

If these current trends continue, a new era of manufacturing will most likely take shape. What will this look like? May turn into a form of decentralized and additive manufacturing.


 

What is Decentralized Manufacturing?

 

Decentralized Manufacturing involves organizations having multiple locations for producing products. The facilities are distributed out a crossed a wider area. Unlike centralized manufacturing which distributes products long distances from one location, these facilities instead are strategically placed close to its customers.


 

What is Additive Manufacturing?

 

Additive Manufacturing (AM) or distributed manufacturing mainly done through 3d printing, allows for products to be made when sold. Centralized manufacturing processes have you produce large quantities, which you then store within inventory, and then ship to the customer. AM allows you to produce the part when the customer buys, skipping the high costs associated with storing inventory.

 

A Potential Combination of Decentralized & Additive Manufacturing 

 

A study from the non-profit organization APQC found that companies that set up decentralized manufacturing have a 3% higher cost than centralized manufacturing. In order for prices to stay competitive, additive manufacturing could be the solution to lower the costs for a range of goods within western countries.

 

So with these two systems potentially merging, how will this look? The Trump administration has been talking about rolling a concept they call “Economic Prosperity Network” which would encompass countries, more specifically India & Vietnam to supply raw materials or parts that would then be assembled via a distributed facility network in the west.

 

The role for 3d printing could allow raw materials to be shipped to the west, where in-country facilities will 3d print product requests coming from companies and minimizing the need to hold inventory. Think of a product being ordered and within 24 hours produced on the spot and sent to the customer close by. Overall minimizing costs normally accrued through a centralized manufacturing process.

 

Could this be our future? Only time will tell. But with the current state of affairs it would be prudent to ignore such a possibility.


 

What is Otto DIY?

 

Otto DIY is an Edtech robot for all ages that allows you to build, assemble and program your own personal robot. Both for beginners and advanced customers, Otto brings Brings kids and adults closer to technology by learning the logical connection between code and action.

 

Questions for you: 

What do you think of our assessment? Have you ordered anything from online? If so, are you noticing any delays or issues?

 

You can check us out at our Otto DIY website. Feel free to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

We look forward to treading your comments!

 

Cheers, 

Otto DIY Team 





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Wow this is so cool! A very novel idea and I could see this being used as a great tool to encourage young kids to learn the basics of coding! Has the team thought about reaching out to any school districts or anything like that? Some sort of way to sponsor science fairs might be a nice way to spread the word perhaps. Very verry cool project and if I had children, 100% I would do this with them. 

2 days ago

i am still wondering what went wrong. I have sent some emails to Ethan it took about 3 days for him to reply the first set of email i sent and now the second ones are still pending.

i know this is very unofficial but I don't know what to do anymore.

3 days ago

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4 days ago

I think this is brilliant. We must adopt the new normal now. This pandemic will affect us longer than we expect. Before the economy drops down, we must open businesses under new normal for safety of the consumers and employees as well. We must consider using most of the <a href="https://setiweb.ssl.berkeley.edu/show_user.php?userid=10935951">Technologies</a>

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5 days ago

De Gem guru

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I must add that with respect to cutting down cost, a lot of companies have already laid off a chunk of their workers and as Karen said, it's becoming difficult to get workers for certain essential businesses. Additive manufacturing can replace this loss without increasing costs.

1 week ago

De Gem guru

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I'm just learning about additive and decentralized manufacturing and yea, they'll do a lot of good for companies and customers when employed during this ongoing pandemic. People need essential goods such as food and water on demand all the time and decentralized/additive manufacturing can surely alleviate such an issue

Unfortunately, I haven't ordered anything online. However, some of my friends have and just as you asked, almost anything ordered delays, sometimes by hours or even days. The situation doesn't look like improving any time soon. This is the more reason why additive and decentralized marketing look so appealing.

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Karen M guru

This pandemic has been an eye opener for many manufacturers. Short supplies all over the world on masks, sanitizer etc. Who would have ever thought that was possible?  Then other companies completely changing their normal production to help make theses high demand products. Ordering anything online that wasn't considered 'essential' has had delays, sometimes up to a week. Online grocery ordering/pickup got very backed up as well. The didn't have the workforce to keep up with demand. Things seem to be getting a bit better now but those essential businesses still need more workers and are having trouble getting them.

1 week ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

I am very sorry for posting this in your tasks but i think i have no other option than to do so: I created a task on crowdholding over a week ago and up till date nothing has been done or said about it and my deposit has been removed already and the task is coming to an end without it being published i am still wondering what went wrong. I have sent some emails to Ethan it took about 3 days for him to reply the first set of email i sent and now the second ones are still pending.

i know this is very unofficial but I don't know what to do anymore.

1 week ago

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I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

1 week ago

Ethan Clime guru

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Taking a look now... You will get an email from me today

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Karen M guru

Did you try reaching Ethan directly through telegram?

1 week ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

i don't use telegram a lot, can you send how to contact him there.

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Karen M guru

Go to a task where he replied. Try the crowdclick task then look for his reply. Click his name then the telegram logo will be on bottom of screen. Click that and you can message him directly. ( I hope this works for you) if not, let me know & I can message him on your behalf

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NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

ok, i will try.

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I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

One week and counting...Task still not showing...two new tasks has been added...am still wondering the validity of this.

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Karen M guru

Were you able to reach Ethan?

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