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Top Manufacturing Trends to Watch Out for in 2022

The manufacturing industry is booming. Demand is continuing to climb, and things are changing rapidly. Here are some of the most anticipated manufacturing trends to watch out for in 2022.

The Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is going to continue to be a top trend in manufacturing in 2022. Using the data gathered from IIoT, companies can receive immediate results. This will help save time and money by pinpointing what’s working and what’s not.

3D Printing

The use of 3D printing technology will make it possible for companies to produce more reliable products at a faster pace. There are a lot of items made outside the States that take a long time to manufacture and ship. 3D printing will allow more manufacturers to manage costs and keep production in the U.S.

Augmented Reality

While many people think of video games when they think about augmented and virtual reality, it has a place in the manufacturing industry too. It allows workers to merge with the machines they are using. AR can be used to walk employees through repair or maintenance tasks, literally putting the solutions to problems at their fingertips.


In manufacturing, drones will start to be used to help provide quality checks. Licensed operators can hover drones over worksites in places where scaffolding or ladders would normally be needed. They can safely collect valuable information at minimal risk to your staff.

Pilot Plants

The cost of opening a manufacturing plant is high. Pilot plants offer companies a “test run” before they open a full-scale warehouse is built. This helps manufacturers identify areas where productivity could be improved before opening a new warehouse.


Manufacturers will rely on data to solve production issues. They can take the information gathered to fine-tune processes and improve productivity. This will help improve the quality of manufactured items across the board.

Predictive Maintenance

Having a machine down on the line can cost a company a lot of money in lost productivity. Predictive maintenance software helps you fix problems before they even happen, saving your organization hundreds of thousands of dollars. It will also help you extend the life of your equipment, which will save you money over time as well.

Innovative Tech

The ability to adopt new, emerging technologies will be important for manufacturers. AR headsets and other tools will establish new creative ways to manufacture necessities like ventilators. Remote tools will also help engineers manage productions virtually.


Supply chains are going to become like collaborative manufacturing networks. They will take the data they’ve collected and investing into their supply chain. Manufacturers will have a network of reliable suppliers and build trust with consumers and the marketplace.

New Skills

There will also be new skills in demand in the manufacturing industry. People with tech skills will be more sought-after, especially if they have experience working with artificial intelligence or automation. They should also have effective communication skills so they can help other workers better understand new equipment and other industry changes.

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