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American Manufacturing Trends To Expect in 2018


American manufacturing is undergoing a period of rapid change. From automation to globalization, few areas of manufacturing haven’t seen innovation as of late. It’s an exciting time to be in the manufacturing business.

At Wyatt Seal, we think it’s our job to know what’s going on within the broader manufacturing landscape. With clients ranging from oil and gas manufacturers to biomedical suppliers, it’s important for us to understand the challenges – and opportunities! – our customers are experiencing on a day to day basis.

Here are several trends in American manufacturing we expect to see in 2018 and beyond.


Automated Manufacturing

Automation is everywhere, and its only growing in scope. Automating processes leads to more predictable outcomes, safer operation, and lower labor costs; automation enables a level of productivity unheard of in previous decades. The best part? Automation isn’t taking U.S. manufacturing jobs, as some critics have speculated, but rather creating new jobs within a trained workforce.


Human-Managed Robots

Robotics were made for manufacturing. Some of the most tedious routines in manufacturing have been outsourced to giant mechanical robots, and the results are staggering. Output is up within the sector, aided by untiring, detail-oriented robots powered by pneumatics. The bulk of “robot work” is actually within jobs considered impossible or unsafe for humans to do, and the most successful applications of this technology involve significant human oversight.


Strategic Partnerships

Industrial manufacturers are increasingly looking for ways to partner with innovative names in technology and logistics. Close collaboration with strategic partners ensures manufacturers’ stay on the cutting edge of innovation without falling behind. By partnering with brands who have a proven track record for success in a highly specific area, manufacturers can streamline costs and while simultaneously implementing potentially game-changing technologies.


Mining Operational Data

Connected machines are the future of American manufacturing. By properly managing the endless data created by functional machinery (pertaining to things like worker usage, stoppage time, and output), manufacturers are optimizing processes on a micro-scale…thousands of minute tweaks can lead to big ROI when it comes to complex mechanical operations.

At Wyatt Seal, we understand the power of innovation. Staying on the cutting edge of seal technology means we’re always ready to supply our clients with exactly what they need, whether that’s a brand-name O-ring or customized consulting.


Ready to find out how our experience working with manufacturers translates into improved processes for your business? Reach out to one of our friendly team members today to get started.



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