5 things we can do without in manufacturing by 2025

A bit more than ten years ago, many companies discussed whether the expenses for the internet would ever pay off. Today, any company not using internet technologies intensively, would be cut off from its customers and suppliers. The discussion about whether Industry 4.0 makes sense, is pointless. The integration of production with IT will happen faster than we all can imagine. That is why we have to explore the technological options step by step now, and to implement quickly what is useful. I am sure that this evolutionary procedure will lead to revolutionary business models at a certain stage, as had been the case with the internet around the turn of the millennium.

In ten years, the world of production will be completely different because of that. Many of the technologies and workflows taken for granted today, will only be memories.

Here are five things that will most probably be history in 2025: 

1. Fixed maintenance intervals

Today, fixed maintenance intervals involve the preventative replacement of components – whether necessary or not. In 2025, machines and facilities will report their operating statuses and maintenance needs online at any given time.

2. Printed work instructions

Printed work instructions have to be kept up-to-date in a tedious process. In 2025, 3D holograms will show what steps the associate has to perform on the current work piece. The instructions will take into consideration the language skills and expertise of the associate.

3. Variety of operating devices

Today, operators have to know different displays with different user interfaces. In 2025, operators and maintenance technicians will use a single, personalized input device. It will grant them wireless access to any machines for which they are authorized.

4. Technical retrofitting

Today, the technical retrofitting for new products is a huge time and financial effort. In 2025, work pieces will be linked to their virtual image and inform the machines which task is going to be needed. The automated retrofitting for that purpose will be carried out by software modules.

5. Subsequent quality assessments

Quality assessments of finished components and elaborated rework is still quite common today. In 2025, intelligent modules and machines are going to assess and document the quality in process. They will also monitor the process during manual tasks, point out errors to workers and step in correctively.



About the author

Karl Tragl

Karl Tragl

Dr. Karl Tragl was President of the Executive Board of Bosch Rexroth AG from July 2010 until January 2016 and was additionally responsible for the Business Unit Industrial applications and global sales activities. In addition to being the President of the Executive Board of Bosch Rexroth AG, since January 2015 he was also responsible for Coordination Engineering of Bosch Rexroth. Mr. Tragl has been a Bosch Rexroth AG Executive Board member since 2008 and shaped the company’s reorientation with a focus on markets and industries.