Uncertainty surrounding government policies that affect trade relations, agreements, tariffs, and taxation have created a wait-and-see approach among manufacturers. However, with advanced manufacturing ushering in a new wave of physical production through the marriage of information technology and operations technology, waiting too long will result in being left behind.

Some of the biggest changes affecting the manufacturing industry are a result of advanced technologies, including high-quality sensors, connected networks, high-performance computing robots, artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Additionally, the trend toward the production of the Internet of Things (IoT) – smart, connected devices that are a mixture of hardware, software, data, and service – is rapidly changing the landscape. Hosting live meetings and events will help to foster innovative thinking and strengthen the strategic partnerships necessary to thrive in uncertain times.

Job training and the need to find workers equipped with the necessary skills for this new age of manufacturing will continue to be a widespread challenge. A skilled workforce will combat the pressure from shortened development cycles, the need for speed-to-market strategies and enhanced precision in manufacturing. Recruiting, retaining and advancing talented employees are key components for success. Leaders in manufacturing will be able to address the talent gap and increase employee engagement through programs aimed at training, certification and employee recognition.

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