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How wear technology is shaping the manufacturing industry

2nd April 2019 Print

Over the past few decades, the manufacturing industry has been improving and expanding thanks to a variety of factors. However, the majority of this change has been driven by innovations to wear technology, as well as technology as a whole. There's also the fact that much of this innovation was relatively slow, to begin with before a rapid uptake in pace. A lot of this was driven by the fact that many of the systems and wear technologies used were often outdated and quickly becoming obsolete.

There's also the fact that 'smart' technology has seen a significant increase over the past few years; while many may not assume that this would have much of a bearing on the manufacturing industry, it certainly does, as the A.J. Weller Corporation would know. This is because these improvements in technology have made many manufacturing processes much more efficient across much of the entire industry. Not only has it helped reduce manufacturing time, but decreased costs and increased overall productivity in almost every possible manufacturing niche.

Having said that, there have been a few different types of improvements in the wear technology industry, and not all have been as innovative or significant as others. Because of that, there are a few different technologies that have disrupted and shaped the manufacturing industry for the better.


During the first few years of 3D-Printing's life, it was mostly used in the product development and research stages. However, over the past few years, the technology has become viable in a variety of industrial settings. This is the case in a variety of different ways; several years ago, an entire house was constructed and assembled using 3D-Printing, which goes to show what can be done using the technology. While businesses may not want to construct an entire house with 3D-Printing, it can certainly offer a lot more flexibility and efficiency during key processes throughout manufacturing; because of its accuracy, it could also mean much fewer errors when it comes to designing and manufacturing materials that need to be exact.

Green Technology

3D-Printing has highlighted many of the practices in fabrication that can be improved on, and chief among these is with green practices; that is, having as minimal an environmental impact as possible during the manufacturing process. On top of that, they've also shown how they can be improved to be more efficient in general. However, more and more people are becoming environmentally friendly in recent years; coupled with environmentally-friendly practices being brought into play and the manufacturing industry the perfect opportunity to be a leader in green innovation. This has been implemented across a variety of different process to help reduce wastage throughout the entire process.

This is probably best seen in the likes of sheet metal manufacturing and other related areas. However, this has also had a positive effect on many companies' bottom lines; less wastage means that more of the material is being used. Because of that, there's less of a need to over-order with certain materials.

Disruptive Digital Systems

When people think of disruptive digital systems in the manufacturing world, they may think only of 3D-Printing; however, that's not the only disruptive channel that's been developed over the past few years. Chief among these is how much of the systems and technology being released in the industry are 'smart' devices and are constantly connected to the internet. While this may not seem directly related to the manufacturing industry, it does affect the likes of supply chain management and the development and implementation of many processes.

There's also how it's affected the relationship between manufacturers and clients. With many of the technologies being used today, a client can order a variety of materials or components; a manufacturing company creates them before shipping them alongside an invoice, which is then paid through a web application. Because of that, it's not uncommon for the two parties to never have to meet each other throughout the entire transaction.

As disruptive as these technologies have been so far, they show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Innovation and improvement have been picking up speed within the last few years across almost all wear technologies. Because of that, there's a bigger chance than not that they'll continue to affect the manufacturing industry for years to come.