Artificial intelligence in manufacturing is part of a larger trend towards fully automated production. With the development of “smart factories”, AI systems have the potential to transform the way companies run their production lines, enabling greater efficiency by enhancing human capabilities, providing real-time insights and facilitating design and product innovation.
Developments in technology, such as cloud computing, big data and machine learning, has significant implications for the way products are manufactured. Artificial intelligence is the logical next step in this evolution and will play a key role in helping to achieve better productivity, efficiency and visibility across manufacturing operations.
Much has been said on the possibility of AI and automation replacing human workers, but this isn’t necessarily the case. AI will not replace human intelligence; rather, it will support and enhance the role of humans by eliminating repetitive, manual tasks and the possibility of human error. Workers could then be retrained to perform more complex tasks.